Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week

A U.S. flag near the border fence in San Diego County.
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President Trump is threatening to remove millions of people in the country illegally.

In a late-night tweet Monday, Trump said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would begin the removal process next week. He told his Twitter followers, “They will be removed as fast as they come in.”

An administration official said the effort would focus on people who had been issued final deportation orders by federal judges but remained at large in the country.

Trump has threatened a series of increasingly drastic actions as he tries to stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing the southern border, which has risen dramatically on his watch.


Immigration is expected to be a central issue of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, which officially begins Tuesday.