A statement sent out by US President Donald Trump on Tuesday has sent some immigrants living in the US into panic mode, according to several news outlets. Through a tweet, Trump promised a massive  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation that he said was poised to begin next week. 

He said ICE would soon “begin the process of removing … millions of illegal aliens” from U.S. soil. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.”

The president did not elaborate on the said  operation but analysts believe he was alluding to an earlier White House scheme to arrest and deport thousands of families.

US media outlets reported last month that officials at the Department of Homeland Security had secretly mulled a plan to arrest thousands of undocumented migrant parents and children in coordinated raids conducted across the U.S. The idea, however, was reportedly shelved due to a lack of resources and concerns about public outrage.

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Nicck Miroff, a renowned media personality tweeted:

“Usually major operations of this sort are considered ’law enforcement sensitive’ and a closely held secret, not telegraphed by the president.”