U.S. President Donald Trump promised to start deporting "millions of illegal aliens" from the United States next week, but the announced raids on immigrant families appear to have caught the country's immigration officials by surprise.
The deportation plans have been under consideration for months. A Trump administration official says the 1 million migrants who have been issued final deportation orders but are still living in the U.S. would be targeted first. But the most the U.S. has ever deported in a single year was in 2013, when about 435,000 were sent home.
U.S. immigration officials say despite Trump's announcement, raids on migrant families are not imminent. Reports say the officials were unaware Trump was planning to disclose sensitive law enforcement actions on Twitter.
Raids on the scale Trump has described could require thousands of law enforcement personnel. But many immigration agents have already been diverted to the U.S. southern border to control the surge of migrants crossing over from Mexico — more than 140,000 in May alone.
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