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President Donald Trump over the weekend backed off a threat to have Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conduct massive nationwide raids to deport "millions" of migrants illegally in the United States, an act that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says came after she phoned the president last week.
"When I spoke to the president, I said, 'Look, I'm a mom, I have five kids, nine grandchildren and children are scared. You're scaring the children of America, not just in those families, but their neighbors and their communities,'" the California Democrat said Monday while discussing immigration at an event in Queens, New York.
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"He didn't say what he was going to do, but the president said, 'Oh, I'll let you know. I'll let you know,'" Pelosi continued. "He went into, 'Well, people broke the laws.' A violation of status is not a reason for deportation. That's just not so."
ICE was expected to conduct raids in 10 major cities across the country on Sunday. But a morning tweet by Trump scratched the effort, with the president saying he would hold off for two weeks in order to offer lawmakers a chance to fix the matter legislatively by amending asylum and immigration laws.
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"I want to give the Democrats every last chance to quickly negotiate simple changes to Asylum and Loopholes," Trump wrote. "This will fix the Southern Border, together with the help that Mexico is now giving us. Probably won't happen, but worth a try. Two weeks and big Deportation begins!"
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