As CNN explains:

A senior administration official told CNN the operation had been planned for some time, but said the tweet had put the operation at the forefront.

“Certainly, the President’s tweet helped prioritize things for people,” the official said, adding that there had been internal debate about timing amid negotiations with Congress on additional funding and the upcoming 2020 budget.


But despite any potential misgivings on their big boss’ part, ICE officials were unfazed.

“If you’re here illegally, then you should be removed,” acting head of ICE Mark Morgan said, CNN reports. “And in this case, that includes families.” Officials also spoke of the possibility of “collateral arrests” of folks in the process, according to the Post.


The raids are expected to take place over several days starting Sunday in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, as well as other major cities known to be immigrant hubs, according to the Post.

The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement saying that none of its officers would be participating in the raids, the Post reports.


New York state’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Letitia James, promised New York would do everything in its power to protect immigrants.

She slammed Trump’s plans for mass deportation, the Post reports, saying his “use of migrant families and asylum seekers as political punching bags is a despicable act of racism and xenophobia that is antithetical to our basic human values.”