(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump announced Monday evening that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants next week “who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”
The president made the announcement in a tweet, saying, “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border.
“Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!” he tweeted.
During his Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was asked whether he anticipates the Senate will take up a border humanitarian package before the July 4th recess.
“We’ll see. As I’ve said, … the Republican offer had some—you know President Trump’s proposal had some things that are very needed, which we would support, had some things that are off the table, and had some things that would be in a gray area. Senator Leahy and Senator Shelby are coming back from Paris this morning,” he said.
“We haven’t been able to talk to them yet. They’re in the air. They were supposed to be talking over the weekend, but I’d like to see some kind of action that deals with the humanitarian crisis and can pass both the Senate and the House, because we gotta get it done,” Schumer said.
Trump’s immigration policies are “inhumane,” Schumer said.
Schumer used the separation of a four-month-old baby from Romania as an example.
According to The New York Times, Constantin Mutu’s parents fled ethnic persecution in their country and made their way to the U.S. through Mexico in February 2018. His father, Vasile, approached an immigration officer stationed outside the U.S. border and said that he and his son were seeking asylum. Vasile was arrested, while Constantin was placed in a foster home in Michigan. Vasile was deported back to Romania, and Constantin was later returned to his family in Romania last July when he was five months old.
“It’s serious, and when you read about that 4-month-old boy from Romania being separated from his parents and to this day – he’s 1 and a half. He’s back in Romania, because his parents were deported, and they finally found him and sent him to be reunited – that he hasn’t spoken a word. He won’t walk without holding the hand of an adult. When they gave him to his mother, he cried. He wanted the foster mother back,” Schumer said.
“This breaks your heart. This is so un-American. This is so unlike the goodness of the American people that President Trump just sort of hijacked this thing, and you know, his policies on immigration – I’ll just address it a little further. His policies on immigration are A) inhumane. To break up families is just simply inhumane,” the minority leader said.
“These are not – he likes to use this, you know, say, ‘oh, they’re all drug dealers.’ You see 98 percent or some high percentage of these immigrants. They’re people fleeing for their safety, their children, I mean, this four-month old boy was a Roma, and there’s great persecution in Romania, so his parents - hardly seeking to take advantage. They saw the Statue of Liberty. They thought of freedom and safety, so they went all the way to Mexico and then all the way up Mexico to our border. It’s inhumane, inhumane,” Schumer said.
“Second, the president tweets one day with no basis in fact he’s going to deport millions of people,” he said, referring to the president’s Monday tweets. “Well, two of the highest ranking officials within the agency – within CSIS and Homeland Security -- have said it’s impossible to do, and they’re not prepared to do it, and one day he says one thing. One day he says the next, and it makes the crisis worse, not better. He’s not solving it. He’s making it worse.
“And third, it doesn’t work politically. I know he’ll probably go to that rally. In the rally, I’d like him to talk about health care. I’d like him to talk about election security. I’d like him to talk about infrastructure – things the American people care about. He’ll go back there and talk about immigration. Well, he created a big border crisis before the November '18 elections. It didn’t do him much good, so it’s even politically a policy that doesn’t work,” Schumer added.