‘We have to protect our borders’: Trump tells sheriffs to protect their borders
Donald Trump said Sunday he would push to deport 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally, in remarks that prompted a sharp rebuke from the Mexican government.
“We have got to protect the border,” Trump told sheriffs from the northern border state of Texas in remarks broadcast on CBS’s Face the Nation.
“We have a lot of people who are criminals, and we have to take care of them.
We have to stop the flow of drugs, and the flow will stop if we do that.””
We’re going to enforce the laws of the United State of America,” Trump said.
“It’s very simple, but you have to do it very, very quickly.
And we have been doing that.”
Trump made the comments in response to a question about whether he would consider deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants living on the U.S. southern border.
Trump’s comments drew sharp rebukes from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who called the comment “absurd.”
“You cannot deport 11.2 million people who have been living in our country legally for decades,” Pena said.
Trump, who is scheduled to meet Monday with Pena, said in the CBS interview that he had “heard rumors that” undocumented immigrants would be deported, but added: “There is no truth to that.
They’re criminals, they’re rapists, they want to do harm to the United Kingdom.
So I don’t believe that.”
Pena said in a statement Sunday that Trump’s comments were “absundant” and that Mexico has no intention of letting any of those undocumented immigrants back into the country.
“Mexico is prepared to defend its borders and defend its sovereignty in a dignified way,” Penas statement read.
“Our relations with Mexico have improved, with the United Nations providing new resources for border security and the World Bank providing loans to Mexico, and Mexico is leading the world in building an economic, social and environmental partnership that will strengthen the bilateral relationship.”
Pena Nieto’s administration said it has been working with the Trump administration since he took office to strengthen border security.
The United States, along with Mexico, has been at loggerheads over the fate of more than 2 million migrants currently living in U.N. camps on the southern border, which is believed to be home to as many as 12 million people.
The border was closed to migrants last year after a year of intense border raids and raids by the Border Patrol and local law enforcement officers.
But as the U,U.S., Mexico and Canada begin to build a wall along the border, the number of migrants living in those camps has risen to levels not seen since 2014.
The Obama administration was pushing to close those camps to the influx of immigrants, but many of the migrants were able to return to their home countries.
The U.K. has a program for those who want to stay but can’t make it to Europe.