On Saturday, President Donald Trump delayed a nationwide plan to deport people living the United States illegally, saying he would give lawmakers two weeks to work out solutions for the southern border.
Despite that delay, a group of New Jersey urban mayors and activists went ahead with a planned press conference at Newark City Hall Monday to rally against the proposed ICE actions and pledge their support to protect unauthorized individuals and families in their communities.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says the city has been the target of increased ICE activity because of its status as a sanctuary city.
“We believe that what the President Donald Trump is doing is inhumane, it’s wrong, and we are here to stand against that. And we want to provide support to our communities here in the city of Newark who may find themselves victimized by this administration,” Baraka said. “We know that the raids are not taking place today or yesterday because they’re saying there is a two-week reprieve, but it does not mean that they will not happen.”
The operation was slated to begin Sunday in 10 major cities and would have targeted individuals and families with final orders of removal. Newark was not among the cities listed.