Washington, DC – President Donald Trump has announced that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will begin removing “millions” of illegal aliens from the country next week.
The targets of the mass deportation effort will be those who came into the U.S. recently, then skipped out on their scheduled court dates, a source inside the Trump Administration told National Public Radio.
The source described such individuals as “runaway aliens,” who have “lodged phony asylum claims only to be no-shows at court,” resulting in immigration judges denying their claims in absentia and ordering their removal from the U.S.
“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” President Trump tweeted on Monday night. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.”
The President commended Mexico for their improved efforts in “stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border,” and noted that Guatemala is preparing to sign an agreement that would require migrants crossing into that country to seek asylum there as opposed to allowing them to proceed to the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reported.
“The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress,” President Trump added. “They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!”
Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan said that many illegal aliens seem to believe that they will be allowed to remain in the U.S. as long as they came into the country with a child, National Public Radio reported.
“What they've been doing has not been successful, so they're going to be trying something new,” Vaughan said. “And they're going to be focused on people who already have a final order of removal. And they also want people to understand that family cases are on the table."
“It’s not like the President just woke up and thought of this idea,” she added. “They’ve been laying the groundwork for this already.”
There are over a million illegal aliens with final federal court orders for deportation who remain at-large in the country, the Trump Administration source told National Public Radio.
“These judicial removal orders were secured at great time and expense, and yet illegal aliens not only refuse to appear in court, they often obtain fraudulent identities, collect federal welfare, and illegally work in the United States,” the source explained.
“Enforcing these final judicial orders is a top priority for Immigration and Customs Enforcement — willful defiance of our laws and the defrauding of the American People with fraudulent asylum claims, will not be tolerated,” the source added.
Earlier in June, ICE Acting Director Mark Morgan announced that the agency was planning enforcement action that would include the deportation of families, and said such situations would be handled humanely, ABC News reported.
“Our next challenge is going to be interior enforcement,” Morgan told reporters June 4, according to The Washington Post. “We will be going after individuals who have gone through due process and who have received final orders of deportation.”
“That will include families,” the director said.
Mass deportations can also act as a deterrent for those who are considering making the journey to the U.S. southern border.
The number of migrants arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico has dropped to 2,600 per day, compared to about 4,200 per day just three weeks ago, a senior Mexican official told ABC News on Monday.