Transcript for ICE begins roundups of undocumented immigrants
across the country bracing for an I.C.E. Crackdown, those deportation raids sparking new protests overnight. ABC's Clayton Sandell is in our Los Angeles bureau with that sty. Clayton, good morning. Reporter: Hey, good morning, whit. Those raids are expected to kick off this morning, but I.C.E. Said, enforcement surges focused on fugitives happen every day. Including an operation that just finished in San Diego. But now mayors in some of the targeted cities say what president trump is doing now is a political stunt. Spreading real fear through immigrant communities coast to coast. Across the country, the trump administration crackdown is sparking protests, as federal I.C.E. Agents begin an operation reportedly looking to arrest and deport up to 2,000 undocumented immigrants in major U.S. Cities. We're specifically looking for bad players but we're also looking for people who came into our country not through a process, they just walked over a line they have to leave. Reporter: Emotions are running high, following protests at a Tacoma migrant detention center. Police shot and killed a man armed with a rifle. Officers said he tried to use devices to set fire to the building and the cars. I don't know what his motivation was, why anyone would try to set a concrete. Reporter: Something that president promised. Within I.C.E. I'm going to create a new special deportation task force. Reporter: But city mayors who say local cops won't be helping I.C.E. Agents believe the president is playing the worst kind of politics. The kind that could break families apart. Disrupting families who are just here trying to live their life that's not who we are or should be as Americans. My message to Washington is, use our resources to go after the dangerous criminals we need to find. Reporter: Even legal immigrants worry. We're afraid we'll be separated from our loved ones. Reporter: Advocacy groups are now leading protests and making sure undocumented immigrants know their -- People need to be prepare and they don't have to open the door. They don't have to let I.C. Event officers inside. Reporter: This morning, many churches are offering people sanctuary from I.C.E. Agents. And they're mobilizing attorneys and setting up hot lines to offer legal advice for anyone caught up in the sweeps. Dan. Clayton, thanks very much. Let's bring in ABC chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl, hosting "This week" later this morning. Jon, good morning. Critics are saying that this is a political stunt, as Clayton was saying, but you cover the white house every day, I'd imagine, the president, the people around the president actually here the politics play well for them. Well, there's no question. First of all, the president as you heard Clayton mention in his piece there campaigned on being tough on the immigration laws, specifically on aggressively deporting those who are in the country illegally. And also, they're looking to create a deterrent for more migrants to come into the united States by sending the message, even if you get in you may face deportation. Dan, there's a reality here that Donald Trump has actually deported considerably fewer people than Barack Obama, bill Clinton, George W. Bush, the numbers just don't bear out what he's talking about a massive wave of deportations. We'll see what happens beginning today. The numbers that we have heard from I.C.E., 2,000 people targeted. That, again, is considerably smaller numbers than what we saw during the last five -- during the last -- of the five presidential administrations he's the lowest in terms of deportations. Let's talk about another big political story this morning, and for quite a while now the Democrats running for president, I think there are about 75,000 of them. Roughly, yeah, yeah. You got two of them on the show this morning. The newest entrant, a billionaire by the name of Tom Steyer and then Minnesota's Amy klobuchar. Some people are saying, we have a top five and everybody below that can't crack the top five. What's your view? Can they make a move still? I mean, look, it's still early, it is very difficult. This is an extremely crowded field. Joe Biden has been consistently at the top, but has some real vulnerabilities. We're still at the point where anything can happen. Dan, Tom Steyer is a real long shot here, another political novice jumping into the race. He's saying he's going to pay $100 million of his own money. That's real money. Yes, it might be a few points in the poll. It might. And I want to remind everyone, Jon has a big story this morning. He's going to go one-on-one with trump immigration official Ken cuccinelli and we'll chat with two of the Democrats running for president, Tom Steyer and Amy klobuchar. Eva over to you. And now to the terrifying police shootout caught on camera. Cops exchanging gunfire with a
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