WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Monday that US authorities will start eliminating the millions of immigrants who are illegally in the United States.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees arrive at FCI Victorville federal prison in Victorville, California, United States, June 8, 2018. REUTERS / Patrick T. Fallon
"Next week, ICE will begin the process of eliminating the millions of illegal aliens who have illegally entered the United States," Trump told Twitter, referring to the news agency. immigration and customs control. "They will be kidnapped as fast as they will enter," he said. He did not offer any details.
An estimated 12 million immigrants live illegally in the United States, mainly from Mexico and Central America.
As part of an agreement reached earlier this month, Mexico has agreed to take asylum-seekers from Central America to the United States until this date. that their cases are heard by US courts.
The agreement, which included a commitment by Mexico to deploy National Guard troops to prevent Central American immigrants from reaching the US border, helped prevent Trump from hitting Mexican imports customs duties.
Trump also said in the tweet that Guatemala is "preparing to sign a safe third-party agreement".
US Vice President Mike Pence suggested last week that Guatemala could host asylum seekers from its neighbors as a third country said safe.
The details of the plan have not been made public, and Guatemala has not publicly confirmed the talks that would have occurred Friday in Guatemala according to the US State Department.
The US human rights group, Human Rights First, however, said that it was "simply ridiculous" to say that Guatemala was able to protect refugees, while its own citizens were fleeing violence.
Mexico agreed that if its measures to stem the flow of migrants failed, it would discuss signing a safe third country agreement with the United States.
Report by Eric Beech; Edited by Mohammad Zargham and Peter Cooney