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Miami Mayor Suarez: City 'Left in the Dark' on ICE Raids

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Mayor Francis Suarez (Lynne Sladky/AP)

By    |   Friday, 12 July 2019 08:51 AM

Miami, one of the cities targeted for Immigration and Customs Enforcement action on Sunday, has not yet received information about the federal government's plan for action, Mayor Francis Suarez said Friday. 

"We have not been notified about the scale of the operation," Suarez told CNN's "New Day." "We haven't been notified about the time. We have not been notified about who's being targeted. So frankly it's difficult as mayor to figure out exactly what's going to happen in our city."

ICE agents will on Sunday make a push to arrest immigrants who have been ordered to leave the United States, and Suarez said in Miami, those plans have created a "heightened sense of apprehension."

"We are left in the dark without knowing exactly what's going to happen here," said Suarez. "We don't know for how long it may happen. It's certainly a concern."

Miami is always in a state of preparation for all types of threats, said the mayor, but with the ICE plans, the city police department has not been consulted.

But even if notice is made, the city does not typically become involved in any immigration enforcement actions, said Suarez, and in this case, it would be difficult to coordinate anything on such short notice. 

Meanwhile, the mayor, a Republican and son of Cuban exiles, said immigration should not be a partisan issue. 

"We should embrace the fact that people often risk their lives to come to this country seeking liberty and freedom," said Suarez. "If you want to be a productive member of our society, a tax paying member of our society, you should be welcome in our country."

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Miami, one of the cities targeted for Immigration and Customs Enforcement action on Sunday, has not yet received information about the federal government's plan for action, Mayor Francis Suarez said Friday. 
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