WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people in the country illegally. In a late-night tweet Monday, Trump says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin the removal process next week. He tells his Twitter followers, “They will be removed as fast as they come in.” An administration official says the effort will focus on people who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges but remain at large in the country. Trump has threatened a series of increasingly drastic actions as he tries to stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing the southern border, which has risen dramatically on his watch. Immigration is expected to be a central issue of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, which officially launches today.
In Portland, one year ago protesters took over the streets outside of the Immigration offices in SW Portland. They set up camp for weeks protesting the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families. Monday, a local artist put up an installation outside those offices to mark the anniversary. Amy Sittars built a cage filled with bronze children’s shoes. She tells News Partner KGW she hopes people won’t forget what’s happening at the border. Right now there’s a few dozen people protesting at the Ice offices. They plan to be there protesting for 24-hours straight until this evening.
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