Trump announces delay of mass immigration raids that were to start Sunday

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President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn on June 22, 2019. Copyright Saul Loeb AFP - Getty Images
By Phil McCausland with NBC News Politics
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Trump said he had approved the delay so that Democrats and Republicans in Congress could work out a new immigration compromise.

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President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he would delay the White House's plans to begin mass raids that were to begin Sunday against undocumented families.

Sharing the news on Twitter, the president said that "at the request of Democrats" the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) would delay its plans to seek out people with deportation orders.

Trump said he had approved the delay so that Democrats and Republicans in Congress could work out a new immigration compromise — a deal that has so far eluded the president and his allies.

Up to about 2,000 people in the United States were expected to be targeted.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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