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President’s tweet stirs controversy

TUCSON – The President’s tweets have generated a lot of controversy.  The tweets read:

Donald J. Trump


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…….

Donald J. Trump


….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!


6:20 PM – Jun 17, 2019

Art Del Cueto is the local Union 2544 President and the National vice president of the Border Patrol Council. He said this would affect individuals that have exhausted all their asylum possibilities and individuals who have refused to show up to their court dates.

Patricia Mejia is an Immigration Attorney she told News 4 Tucson this tweet shows the President has a hard line on immigration, however, “I think it’s a political move, I think it’s done for his base, I really don’t see how this can be executed because it creates a lot of fear in the community.”

Del Cueto said the President is taking a pro-law enforcement stand.  “I find nothing wrong with that, these are individuals who have obviously thumbed their nose at law enforcement and those are the individuals that they are going to go after and send them back to their country.”

Mejia said there is no concrete plan, and she doesn’t think ICE is equipped to remove millions of people.

She added ICE hardly has enough officers on the ground to meet their daily tasks.

News 4 Tucson reached out to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  they sent this statement:

The border crisis doesn’t start and stop at the border, which is why ICE will continue to conduct interior enforcement without exemption for those who are in violation of federal immigration law. This includes routine targeted enforcement operations, criminals, individuals subject to removal orders, and worksite enforcement. This is about addressing the border crisis by upholding the rule of law and maintaining the integrity of the immigration system, as created by Congress.”

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.
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