The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration after reports that nationwide raids to round up thousands of undocumented immigrants facing deportation orders would begin Sunday.
President Trump announced last month that he would delay the roundup, which is set to target up to 2,000 families across major cities like Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The ACLU argues in the lawsuit that due process requires those rounded up to be seen by an immigration judge prior to deportation.
“In anticipation of the Trump administration’s threatened mass arrest of thousands of families and children, five immigration legal services organizations filed a lawsuit today to protect those refugees,” Ahilan Arulanantham, senior counsel at the ACLU Southern California, said in a statement. “More than one hundred years ago, the Supreme Court decided that immigrants could not be deported without due process. These vulnerable refugees deserve that basic protection,” he added.
The Trump administration argues that the deportations can go forward without hearings because the immigrants in question had already missed previously scheduled court appearances.