Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that he campaigned in Iowa instead of being in the city after President Trump announced mass ICE raids on illegal immigrants because he didn’t believe the administration would carry through on the threat.
”One, and this one has been played out, I did not believe the Trump administration,” de Blasio, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said during a briefing on the sizzling temperatures expected this weekend.
Hizzoner recalled Trump touting last month how Immigration and Customs Enforcement would round up thousands of illegal immigrants in 10 cities only to call it off at the last moment.
”Then they said they were going to do 2,000 people this weekend, and you’ve got eight unsuccessful attempts over five days. I don’t believe a word they say,” he said.
According to de Blasio and Bitta Mostofi, the commissioner of the Mayor’s office of Immigrant Affairs, ICE agents unsuccessfully tried eight times over the last five days to arrest illegal immigrants.
There were four on Saturday, three on Tuesday and one Wednesday.
The mayor, who was criticized for being out of town during Saturday’s blackout, said he had confidence in Mostofi, her team and other city agencies would have been capable of handling the situation if there were large scale raids.
He returned from Iowa on Sunday to review the cause of the blackout.
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