President Trump had planned on ordering a series of raids aimed at finding and deporting immigrants throughout the country. However, he sent a Twitter message on June 22 saying that the raids had been delayed for two weeks. He said that lawmakers from Florida and throughout the country would have time to work out issues related to immigration at the border with Mexico. The president said that if efforts were unsuccessful, the raids would eventually take place.
According to a report in the Washington Post, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would have targeted up to 2,000 families for deportation. The president believes that there are a number of loopholes that should be closed in an effort to keep undocumented migrants out of the country. President Trump has claimed that fixing the asylum system would put an end to what he described as a crisis at the border.
During the Trump presidency, there have been increasing numbers of immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into the United States. However, he has recently praised Mexico and Guatemala for their efforts to detain migrants before they get to the United States. President Trump has said that Guatemala will sign a safe third country agreement, which would require migrants to seek asylum elsewhere before doing so in America.
According to international law, immigrants do have the right to seek asylum in the United States under certain circumstances. They may also be allowed to live and work in the country while their cases are being heard. An attorney may help an immigrant show that he or she faces a credible threat of violence or persecution if forced to return home. Furthermore, legal counsel may show that an individual is likely to be a productive member of society if allowed to stay.