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Pelosi asked Trump to delay immigration sweep

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 23, 2019 8:12 AM
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Washington) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Donald Trump and asked him to call off planned raids to deport immigrants here illegally. 

The California Democrat called Trump on Friday night, according to a person familiar with the situation and not authorized to discuss it publicly. The person spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump announced a two-week delay with a tweet Saturday afternoon.

Pelosi responded with her own tweet, ``Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together.''

The president had told Pelosi that he would consider the request, said the person familiar with the situation.

Three administration officials told The Associated Press the operation had been canceled because details had leaked in the media and officer safety could be jeopardized. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly on the operation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The operation was expected to begin today and would have targeted people with final orders of removal, including families whose immigration cases had been fast-tracked by judges.

Trump earlier this week tweeted that an operation was upcoming and said the agency would begin to remove ``millions'' of people.

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