President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter late Monday night that Immigration and Customs Enforcement next week would begin “removing the millions of illegal aliens” from the U.S. “as fast as they come in.”
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Less than two weeks after signing a deal with Mexico to avoid another trade war, Trump said America’s neighbor to the south now is “doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border.”
Guatemala, Trump added, is close to signing a “Safe-Third Agreement,” which means migrants fleeing from Honduras and El Salvador would be required to seek asylum there first before in the U.S.
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 (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
Earlier on Monday, the State Department reported that it would freeze $185 million in aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala “until the department is satisfied the Northern Triangle countries are taking concrete actions to reduce the number of migrants.”
Trump’s tweets came a day before he’s expected to kick off his 2020 campaign at a major event in Orlando, Florida.
ABC News’ Megan Hughes contributed to this report.