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Donald Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week

FILE - In this Thursday, June 13, 2019, file photo, In a In a tweet late Monday, President Donald Trump said that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin removing millions of people who are in the country illegally. [AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File]
Published Jun. 18

WASHINGTON — 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 Tuesday.

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