ICE To Suspend Immigration Raids During Tropical Storm Barry

Alan Scaia
July 12, 2019 - 6:58 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Department of Homeland Security says Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection will suspend operations along some parts of the Texas and Louisiana coasts this weekend.

They say they are "concerned about the potential impact of Tropical Storm Barry to portions of the Gulf Coast."

"Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety," the agencies wrote in a statement Thursday evening. They say the initiatives will be suspended in Louisiana and any areas of Texas that might be affected by the storm or declare a State of Emergency.

ICE and CBP say they will not conduct any immigration enforcement activities connected to evacuations or shelters except "in the event of a serious public safety threat."​

In New Orleans, the city says it has confirmed with ICE that enforcement will be suspended in Louisiana and Mississippi.

"Make all storm preparations to stay safe regardless of your immigration status," New Orleans' Office of Homeland Security and Emergency tweeted.

Friday morning, no parts of Texas were under hurricane or tropical storm watches or warnings, but the National Weather Service says circulation from Barry could lead to showers and storms in southeast Texas that produce gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall.