Before Donald Trump took office, he promised that he would crack down on illegal immigration like no other president had before. This past week, he made it clear that he is following through with this promise in a huge way.
Freedom Daily reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 22 criminal aliens and immigration violators in Cook and Lake counties in the state of Illinois during a three-day enforcement sweep which culminated on Monday. During this operation, ERO deportation officers arrested individuals in the following Illinois cities and towns: Chicago (9), Cicero (4), Hoffman Estates (1), Palatine (4), Park City (1), Rolling Meadows (2) and Round Lake Beach (1). And they have confirmed that all of the arrests were men between the ages of 20 and 53. The Illegal Aliens arrested in this operation are from the following five countries: Ecuador (1), Honduras (2), Mexico (17), Serbia (1) and Ukraine (1).
Most of the aliens that were arrested had criminal records which included convictions for sexual assault, kidnapping, assault, assault with a weapon, drug possession, theft, obstruction of justice and driving under the influence. Two of the illegal aliens that were arrested had prior fugitive immigration violations, and six were arrested for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported multiple times before.
This comes after Trump reiterated his promise to make Mexico pay for his big wall on the Southern border, suggesting that they would do it by renegotiating NAFTA.
“They can pay for it indirectly through Nafta,” Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journalon Thursday. “We make a good deal on Nafta, and, say, I’m going to take a small percentage of that money and it’s going toward the wall. Guess what? Mexico’s paying.”
Breitbart reported that Trump went on to say that NAFTA was a bad deal for the United States and said that “nothing’s changed” about his campaign promise to renegotiate the deal.
“I can tell you I think the American market would go up if I terminated Nafta and renegotiated a new deal,” Trump said.
The president also threatened to terminate NAFTA unless they could reach a renegotiation of the trade deal, adding that he was waiting until after the presidential elections in Mexico.
“I understand that a lot of things are hard to negotiate prior to an election,” he said. “They have an election coming up fairly shortly. I understand that makes it a little bit difficult for them.”
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