Exclusive: Trump admin planning sweeping immigration raids

U.S. immigration agents are planning nationwide raids next week to arrest teenage immigrants suspected of gang involvement as U.S. President Donald Trump makes good on his promise to crack down on illegal immigration. Justin Mitchell reports.

(REUTERS, DVIDS, RESTRICTED POOL) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants ramping up next week with planned nationwide raids to arrest and deport suspected juvenile gang members, according to a memo seen by Reuters

These raids a sharp departure from the practices of the Obama Administration, in that they will include minors who are simply suspected of gang activity but have not been convicted of any crime, as was the requirement under President Obama.

Tough talk on immigration and crime has been a cornerstone of Trump’s political profile since the beginning since the beginning of his campaign.

In a speech in Iowa just last month, Trump pledged to overhaul the immigration system, and said of gangs like El Salvador’s M-13: “They like to cut people. They do things that nobody can believe.”

The raids are set to begin Sunday and continue through Wednesday.