Immigration officials are set to deport approximately one million immigrants who entered the United States illegally, according to a Trump administration official.
Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia attorney general and acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, cited the one million statistic in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
“They’re ready to just perform their mission, which is to go and find and detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders,” said Cuccinelli.
“They’ve been all the way through the due process and have final removal orders. Who among those will be targeted for this particular effort … is really just information kept within ICE at this point.”
When moderator Margaret Brennan pointed out that the Obama administration deported more people than the Trump administration, Cuccinelli agreed and offered an explanation.
“Thus far, that’s right,” replied Cuccinelli saying that immigration authorities have been “swamped” with work on the border crisis, adding that “we focus so much on the Border Patrol.”
USCIS has approximately 19,000 employees and oversees lawful immigration into the United States, including the processing of requests for immigration benefits.
Last week, the government body observed Independence Day with naturalization ceremonies nationwide, with an estimated 7,500 people becoming citizens on July 1-5.
President Donald Trump previously announced June 17 on Twitter that the raids would begin that week. He then delayed the raids after congressional Democrats asked for more time work on legislation.
At a June 29 press conference in Japan, he said the raids would begin after July 4, “unless we do something pretty miraculous, but the Democrats it seems to me they want to have open borders.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski