President #Trump on Thursday celebrated what he called “a military operation” to round up and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes or caused violence in the United States.
“We’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out, we’re getting really bad dudes out of this country — and at a rate that nobody’s ever seen before,” Trump told a group of several dozen manufacturing executives during a policy discussion at the White House.
Trump brought up #immigration enforcement as he discussed the trip Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are taking to #Mexico this week. Trump said he told Tillerson, “That’s going to be a tough trip, because we have to be treated fairly by Mexico.”
Trump then praised Kelly for the work his department is doing to secure the border with Mexico and deport illegal immigrants.
“It’s a military operation,” Trump said, attributing gang violence and illegal drug trade to undocumented immigrants.
Trump was presumably referring to enforcement actions carried out by ICE two weeks ago that rounded up 683 immigrants purportedly in the country illegally.