By Jordan Fabian
February 13, 2017
President Trump defended his hard-line approach to immigration during a Monday press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Asked by a reporter about his portrayal of Syrian refugees as a “Trojan horse” for terrorism, Trump said he would continue his effort to ramp up deportations of “criminals” who pose a threat to the nation.
“I said we will get the criminals out — the drug lords, the gang members — we're getting them out,” Trump said, as Trudeau stood behind another podium to his right.
Trump justified his actions by citing his pledge to crack down on illegal immigration during the 2016 presidential campaign, which he noted resulted in a “very, very large Electoral College vote” in his favor.
“We are going to get the bad ones. The really bad ones, we’re getting them out and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” he said. “In the end everyone is going to be extremely happy and I’ll tell you.”
The comments came after federal immigration authorities arrested hundreds of people in 11 states, provoking fears in immigrant communities of an effort by the Trump administration to accelerate deportations.
But it remains unclear if the raids were part of a new initiative or part of ongoing efforts to arrest people living illegally in the U.S.
The press conference, however, was more notable for what wasn’t asked.
Trump received no questions about embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn or how he plans to react to a court order blocking his temporary ban on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
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