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USICE suspends immigration enforcement in New Orleans ahead of Barry

19:45  12 july  2019
19:45  12 july  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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“In consideration of these circumstances, ICE has temporarily suspended its routine targeted immigration enforcement activities in the storm-impacted “Further, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the storm, except in the

The city of New Orleans said on Twitter that it confirmed with ICE that “ immigration enforcement will be temporarily suspended through the weekend” in areas of Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by tropical storm Barry . The day before the raids were set to begin, Trump delayed them for two weeks

ICE suspends immigration enforcement in New Orleans ahead of Barry© Getty Images NewOrleans

The city of New Orleans announced Thursday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said they would suspend immigration enforcement efforts in the region over the weekend, as Louisiana and Mississippi brace for Tropical Storm Barry.

"The @CityOfNOLA has confirmed with @ICEgov in #NOLA that immigration enforcement will be temporarily suspended through the weekend in the #Barry impacted areas of Louisiana & Mississippi. Make all storm preparations to stay safe regardless of your immigration status," tweeted NOLA Ready, the city's disaster preparedness campaign.

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US Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin the previously postponed raids across the The effort comes weeks after President Donald Trump had tweeted ICE 's plans to conduct the Trump is also trying to press ahead with adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census after

In New Orleans , any operations were put on hold due to severe weather. The city tweeted that it confirmed with ICE that enforcement would be suspended through the weekend as the region braced for the first hurricane of the season. The ACLU lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, argued that

The announcement comes as ICE is preparing nationwide raids targeting undocumented immigrants who've been previously served deportation papers.

Representatives for ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

New Orleans streets started flooding Wednesday as Barry gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico. The latest forecast predicts Barry will strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall in Louisiana on Saturday.


When New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not suspend immigration enforcement, but its agents were focused on assisting rescue missions.

At the time, DHS promised not to use information recouped from people fleeing the disaster for immigration purposes, but some disaster victims were ultimately questioned by immigration authorities, and at least three were put in deportation proceedings as a result, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

All hurricane warnings dropped for Barry as system weakens, moves inland

All hurricane warnings dropped for Barry as system weakens, moves inland Barry has weakened back to tropical storm status after it hit the Louisiana coast as a hurricane, threatening millions with heavy rains and a strong storm surge. The National Hurricane Center said in its 4 p.m. Saturday advisory that Barry had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, with higher gusts. The storm center is located about 20 miles west-southwest of Layayette and 85 miles south of Alexandria. It was moving north-northwest at 7 mph. A hurricane warning for the Louisiana coast has been downgraded to a tropical storm warning. A tropical storm warning for the Louisiana coast has been discontinued east of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

One of the cities that was expected to be targeted Sunday was New Orleans . But city officials announced via Twitter that they confirmed with ICE "that immigration enforcement will be temporarily suspended through the weekend" and urged all residents to focus on preparations ahead of Tropical

In New Orleans , any operations were put on hold due to severe weather. The city tweeted that it confirmed with ICE that enforcement would be suspended through the weekend as the region braced for the first hurricane of the season. The Latest: ACLU files lawsuit ahead of anticipated raids.

Undocumented immigrants are eligible for short-term, non-cash disaster relief, but are barred from receiving cash, housing or jobs from emergency responders.

In the aftermath of Katrina, businesses were exempt from proving new hires were legally eligible to work in the country, as many citizens and legal residents had lost their documents and could not prove their eligibility.

Many undocumented immigrants ultimately avoided contact with authorities, losing access to emergency food and water supplies they were eligible for.

"We are very concerned because they're afraid to ask for help," Brent A. Wilkes, at the time executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, told The Washington Post in a 2005 report. "It's difficult to get word to them. They're in the dark much more so than other folks. They have a default position: to avoid authorities at all costs."

Here's what we know about Barry and what to expect.
Tropical Storm Barry, the first tropical system to strike the US this year, is just off the Gulf Coast and gaining power. Here's what you should know: How strong is the storm and where is it? Barry was churning midday Friday in the Gulf of Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, per the National Hurricane Center's advisory at 11 a.m. ET. The storm at that time was about 100 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 115 miles southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana. Barry is expected to grow into a hurricane by the time it makes landfall, the National Hurricane Center said.

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