According to the President of the United States Donald Trump, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin the process of “removing… millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States” next week. POTUS Trump remarked on his Twitter saying that they, “will be removed as fast as they come in.”
The Washington Post reported that POTUS Trump and his senior immigration adviser have sought to arrest and remove thousands of family members whose deportation orders were expedited, a move that led to the ousting of senior officials, acting ICE director Ronald Vitiello, and Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, who weren’t on-board with the plan.
According to an administration official, the effort would focus on the more than one million people who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges but remain at large in the United States. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to explain POTUS Trump’s tweets.
It is unusual for law enforcement agencies such as ICE to announce raids before they take place. There are some in Trump’s administration that believe decisive shows of force – such as mass arrests – can serve as effective deterrents that send a message to those considering making the journey to the United States that it is not worth attempting the trip. Mexico is pushing to lower the number of Central American migrants arriving at the U.S. border. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration promised to reduce the flow to head off tariffs on Mexican imports threatened by Trump.
On Monday, a senior Mexican Offical said., three weeks ago, about 4,200 migrants were arriving at the United States border daily. Now that number has dropped to about 2,600.
“Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people … long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement,” Trump said on the Twitter post Monday.
In March 2019, POTUS Trump decided to cut all direct aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala over the issue of migration. The administration said it is easing previously announced cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Central American nations but will not allow new funding until those countries do more to reduce migrant flows to the United States.
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