Trump says undocumented migrant raids fulfill ‘campaign promise’

US President Donald Trump speaks at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriff’s Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC,on February 8, 2017.<br />US President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at federal judges, calling them “so political” as an appeals court mulls whether to reinstate his controversial travel ban on refugees and nationals from seven mainly Muslim nations.”I think our security is at risk today,” Trump told a meeting of sheriffs from around the nation, as he defended his executive order, which was blocked nationwide by the federal courts a week after it went into effect.<br />/ AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the arrest of hundreds of undocumented migrants across the United States last week was in keeping with his campaign promise to remove “illegal criminals” from the country.

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency rounded up undocumented individuals living in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and other cities, in what it called “routine” operations.

Trump had vowed to deport as many as three million immigrants with criminal records and build a wall along the border with Mexico during his campaign. On Sunday, he said the roundup helped fulfill that pledge.

“The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!” Trump tweeted.

The raids follow a January 25 executive order in which Trump prioritized the deportation of undocumented individuals who had been convicted of or “charged with any criminal offense,” including misdemeanors.

David Marin, head of ICE’s removal operations in Los Angeles, told reporters that the operations — which saw 160 people swept up in the California metropolis — were planned prior to Trump’s January swearing-in and were comparable to past actions.

But Trump aide Stephen Miller told “Fox News Sunday” that the raids were more robust due to Trump’s order. “As a result of the president’s order, greatly expanded and more vigorous immigration enforcement activities are taking place,” he said.

“It is true that Operation Cross Check is something that happens every year. But this year we have taken new and greater steps to remove criminal aliens from our communities” Miller said.

In 2011 a series of large-scale raids called “Operation Cross Check” began under then president Barack Obama.

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1 Comment
  • StanZ

    To the editors at ‘Guardian’

    The MSM constantly insists on utilizing the Orwellian 1984 newspeak term ‘undocumented immigrant’ when referring to individuals the are in the United States of America without our government’s permission; the correct term is ‘ILLEGAL ALIEN’

    Illegal Alien ; noun
    1. a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country’s authorization.
    2. a foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa, especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson.

    The pathetic attempts by the media to shape the language around the invasion of the US in the age of the internet is laughable… you no longer get to control and redefine the meaning of words. We will not miss you when you inevitably fade into oblivion.