President Donald Trump Calls for the Immediate Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Extrajudicially
WASHINGTON — July 2, 2018
An introductory presentation was made by Trump during a meeting with members of Congress on Tuesday. In his presentation, he underscored how legal immigration is something that is welcomed in the United States, stating that “we need workers” and that he wanted people to come in through the “merit system.” Conversely, Trump took to Twitter to express oppositional views towards illegal immigration, even promulgating that extrajudicial deportation would be warranted in such cases.
“When people come into our Country illegally, we must IMMEDIATELY escort them back out without going through years of legal maneuvering,” said Trump on his Twitter. “Our laws are the dumbest anywhere in the world.” In the same tweet, Trump went on to state the Republicans want strong borders and “no crime”, whereas Democrats want open borders, and are weak on crime.
This is not the first time Trump has made such strong statements on matters of illegal immigration. The President has repeatedly expressed that the U.S. has “the worst immigration laws in the history of the world.” In another Twitter post, Trump wrote, “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country . . . . “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order.”
This was echoed by his sentiments in the aforementioned Congressional presentation. Trump stated, “‘Other countries look at us and they say, how is that possible?’ Somebody touches our land, we now take them to a court, to a judge.”
“In other countries, it’s called, ‘I’m sorry. You can’t come in. You have to leave,’” Trump added.
A rally was held in Portland against Trump’s statements and in support of illegal immigrants, resulting in clashes between anti-fascist and right-wing militants. At least four people were taken to local hospitals including a police officer, one of whom suffered serious injuries. About ten people were arrested. Officers used rubber ball grenades, pepper spray and pepper-balls to clear the crowds from streets around a downtown park.