New York Attorney General Letitia James in a statement on Thursday blasted the expected enforcement action by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials as “deplorable” and pledged to aid undocumented immigrant families who are arrested.

The enforcement effort has been discussed for weeks, postponed earlier in July after President Donald Trump openly discussed the plan for ICE to begin mass arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants.

The New York Times reported this morning the arrests could also include those are not targets, but are swept up by those ICE is seeking to deport.

“The Trump Administration’s insistence on using migrant families as a political bargaining chip with Congressional leaders is as deplorable as it is unAmerican,” James said. “As New York’s chief law enforcement officer, I will do everything in my power to ensure these families’ rights are protected. I will stand up against any threatened incursions on our state’s civil rights because, in America, we value our immigrants.”

Updated: Gov. Andrew Cuomo also issued a statement pledging to fight the deportations.

“This politically motivated directive is despicable and inhumane, and New York will fight it,” he said.

“I have asked the state’s Liberty Defense Project to be on high alert to assist families in need of legal services. I encourage all New Yorkers to be familiar with their rights – especially when confronted by ICE or CBP – and anyone in need of assistance may contact the Liberty Defense Project via the New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 or