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Politics Trump likens immigration enforcement to ‘liberating a town’ in combat

04:20  04 july  2018
04:20  04 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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— President Trump likened federal immigration enforcement to war on Tuesday, claiming that the work of deporting illegal immigrants is like “ liberating a town or an area” in combat . In a meandering speech meant to honor the active-duty military and veterans, Trump also likened professional golfers

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. —President Trump likened federal immigration enforcement to war on Tuesday, claiming that the work of deporting illegal immigrants is like “liberating a town or an area” in combat.

In a meandering speech meant to honor the active-duty military and veterans, Trump also likened professional golfers to “tough” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, as he continued an attack on Democrats who have called for the agency’s abolition.

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- President Donald Trump likened federal immigration enforcement to war on Tuesday, claiming that the work of deporting illegal immigrants is like " liberating a town or an area" in combat . In a meandering speech meant to honour the active-duty military and veterans, Trump also likened

US President Donald Trump praised immigration enforcement officials, saying their actions against illegal immigrants , in particular, those with a criminal background, is just like liberating a town in combat . "We respect ICE. these are tough people. You have to be tough. …

“We respect ICE. You know, ICE is the one handling tough people,” Trump said at a dinner staged as part of a PGA tournament and attended by several players.

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“But when these people come into our country and come in illegally, and then they are dispersed throughout the country, and then all of a sudden you see nests of MS-13, you know, it’s like you’re liberating towns,” Trump said, referring to a mostly Hispanic gang.

“We send ICE in. And for ICE it’s just another day, like Phil, and John, and Keegan, all of the guys, and Bubba, like when they play golf,” Trump said.

He was referring to PGA players Phil Mickelson, John Daly, Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson, who were in the audience.

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US President Trump has praised immigration enforcement officials, saying their actions against illegal immigrants , in particular those with a criminal background, are like liberating a town in combat .

President Trump on Tuesday again mentioned MS-13 and likened the deportation efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to “ liberating towns .” He made the comments during his address at the “Salute to Service” dinner in West Virginia.

“These guys, they walk into those areas, they take ‘em out of there so fast. They’re not afraid of anything. It is, it’s like you’re liberating a town, like in a war,” Trump continued.

“You’re liberating a town or an area, and ICE goes in there, and they go in there, and sometimes they have to go in swinging. They don’t mind. They’re tough. And then I hear Democrats saying, ‘we want to abandon ICE. We want to abandon.’” Trump said.”We’re not abandoning ICE, and were not abandoning law enforcement.”

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a © REUTERS/Leah Millis President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a "Salute to Service" dinner held in honor of the nation's military at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S., July 3, 2018.

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In a meandering speech meant to honor the active-duty military and veterans, President Trump on Tuesday likened federal immigration enforcement to war, claiming that the work of seizing and deporting undocumented immigrants is like “ liberating a town or an area” in combat

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III (D) is one of three red state Democrats who voted last year to confirm Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, and whom Republicans hope will support this nominee.

West Virginia’s other senator, Republican Shelley Moore Capito, was among officials on hand to meet Trump when he landed in nearby Lewisburg, along with state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is running against Manchin this year.

The “Salute to Service” dinner was part of a PGA golf tournament billed as “A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.” The tournament was formerly known as the Greenbrier Classic.

The historic mountain resort is owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a coal mining executive and Trump ally who introduced Trump as “the guy, the man, the man, that has done more for this country than anyone could ever imagine.”

Trump told the crowd that the governor had asked him to speak and he accepted in part because Justice, elected in 2016 as a Democrat, switched to the Republican Party last year.

Justice was previously registered as a Republican until 2015.

Trump won West Virginia by 42 points over Democrat Hillary Clinton, which he mentioned approximately 30 seconds into remarks that veered far from a script about honoring military service and serving veterans.

Trump, an avid golfer, indulged his inner fan with asides about the merits of one golfer’s putter and the length of another’s drives.

“I love this state, which I happened to win by 42 points over a Democrat. Forty-two points! It’s like one of these genius golfers winning by 9. You know, it’s like the same thing.”

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