Transcript for Immigrant communities brace for ICE raids this weekend
Thank you. Moving to the divisive fight over immigration. Some communities bracing for I.C.E. Raids this weekend overnight. Protesters hitting the streets. Meanwhile, vice president Mike pence personally visiting a migrant detention center along the border in the midst of an outcry over alleged inhumane conditions. ABC's David Wright has more from the white house. David, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. Immigrant communities across the country are bracing for those president trump said that they are likely to take place tomorrow and that they will be focused as much as possible on rounding up criminals, but at a moment when the immigration debate here in Washington is fierce, this represents an escalation. This weekend in cities across the country, protests against I.C.E. Raids. If they're not doing any arm and they're not doing anything in the streets, they're not breaking any laws, why should they get deported? Especially if they have kids. Reporter: I.C.E. Has set plans with 2,000 migrants on a deportation list. They are told to shelter in place and try to evade authorities throughout the weekend. Vice president Mike pence toured a detention center in Texas praising the work of the border patrol. I must tell you that different from what we hear from many of the critics, I couldn't be more impressed with the compassion and work that our customs and border protection are doing here at this facility. Reporter: Reporters got a glimpse of the conditions there. The men crowded into chain link pens with Mylar blankets to keep warm, all of them clearly eager to get out. We are not a terrorist. Reporter: The vice president also met with children at the detention center. Many of them lying on mats on the floor. The vice president suggested that democratic members of congress have exaggerated the poor conditions that they witnessed at a different center. The time has come to stop the irresponsible rhetoric about the way that people are being cared for and treated, who are being detained in our facilities. Reporter: But the Democrats insist they saw what they saw, and documented what they could even after the border patrol seized their phones. I pressed my hand to a plexiglas window. I met the gazes of several women on the other side. Their shoulders were slumped, their clothes filthy, their eyes vacant. Reporter: Congresswomen fought back tears during the testimony. Imagine traveling thousands of miles in grueling and dangerous conditions because you have no other option only to be separated from your family, from your children, thrown into overcrowded cages, denied a shower, toothbrush and yes, Mr. Chairman, drink water out of a toilet. I believed them when they said they were sleeping on concrete floors for two months. I believe them. Reporter: But acting I.C.E. Director took issue with that. This isn't just about enforcing law. This is about saving lives. Reporter: That hearing comes as another house committee released a new report on 2,000 children separated from their parents at the border, including at least 18 infants and toddlers. According to that report, 50 children were held for mix -- six months to a year, and 25 children were held for more than a year. This debate, Dan, far from over. Absolutely. David, let me just follow up with a couple of questions here. What do we know about when and where these I.C.E. Raids will take place this weekend? And following up on that, what about these Democrats coaching people on how to resist? Reporter: According to the president, the raids will take place in about ten cities across the country. We're not sure exactly which ones and they're likely to take place tomorrow. As for the Democrats, they have been telling people that an I.C.E. Warrant is not the same as a search warrant, and they're saying, including speaker Nancy Pelosi saying that unless there is a judge's signature on that warrant, people are not obliged to open the door, Dan. David Wright at the white house. David, thank you very much.
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