NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was getting reports that a nationwide crackdown on immigrants facing deportation was already underway in his city.
The sweeps were expected to start Sunday, July 14, but de Blasio tweeted on Saturday that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency had already taken action in New York.
The mayor said ICE agents did not succeed in rounding up any residents of Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood and Harlem.
Immigrants who were been given orders to leave the country were government targets in at least 10 cities.
Advocates were coaching them on their rights, including instructions not to respond if agents knock on the door unless shown a warrant signed by a judge.
The Democratic mayor has said his city would not cooperate with ICE.