WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - President Trump said Saturday that he would delay his widespread migrant family roundups for two weeks "at the request of Democrats."
The move came after rebukes from city leaders in Chicago, Los Angeles and other immigrant-heavy cities, in addition to congressional Democrats.
Trump said Saturday that he hopes the delay will yield an immigration deal soon.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and other area officials bristled against President Trump's plan to round up "millions" of migrant families who have been ordered out of the country.
Bowser spoke out after President Trump reportedly ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to raid 10 U.S. cities including Baltimore Sunday morning.
Bowser on Friday reiterated the District's status as a sanctuary city that will "stand shoulder to shoulder with our immigrant neighbors."
"The President should understand that not only are these threats cruel and antithetical to our American values, they are actually making our communities less safe by sending more residents into hiding, cut off from resources, support and opportunity," Bowser said in a statement.
Montgomery County Police on Saturday said it would not cooperate with the ICE raids.
In reference to President Trump’s recent tweets and media reports, the Montgomery County Department of Police will not participate with ICE regarding any immigration enforcement efforts next week or at any other time.— Montgomery County Department of Police (@mcpnews) June 22, 2019
DC followed other ICE-targeted cities such as Chicago, whose local police department on Friday blocked ICE access to local databases related to immigration enforcement.
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young tweeted that he was "deeply disturbed" by the president's plans.
Statement on Reports of Increased Immigration Enforcement pic.twitter.com/T2ik0Kpici— Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young (@mayorbcyoung) June 21, 2019
President Trump first announced his plan by tweeting that ICE would remove "millions" of undocuments immigrants from the U.S. "as fast as they come in."
Sunday's operation reportedly targeted up to 2,000 migrant families in immigrant-heavy cities including Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.
President Trump reversed course after doubling down on his immigration stance earlier Saturday.
When people come into our Country illegally, they will be DEPORTED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
A spokesperson for Mayor Bowser did not immediately return a message seeking comment.