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Republican presidential candidate, former president Donald Trump. Photo: AP.

Trump vows to carry out the largest deportation of migrants if he returns to office

Former US President Donald Trump, who was fined $9,000 for contempt of court, did not rule out building detention camps on US soil for migrants who enter illegally if he wins the presidential election, he told Time magazine in an interview published on Tuesday, and said he would use the National Guard as part of a plan to deport millions of migrants from across the United States.

Trump promised to carry out the «biggest deportation» of migrants in the country’s history if he returns to the White House after the November 5 elections, because «they are going to destroy the country».

«Allowing millions and millions of people, many of them very bad people, to come across the southern border is not sustainable. They’re going to destroy the country. We’re going to do the biggest deportation in history. We have no choice,» he told a campaign rally yesterday in Waukesha, in the key swing state of Wisconsin, where he

Trump once again accused his rival, Democratic President Joe Biden, of pursuing an open borders policy over the past four years that has resulted in an «invasion» of migrants.

The Republican made these statements a day after an interview with Time magazine was published in which he said he plans to deploy the army to pursue and detain undocumented migrants if he wins the election.

Nor did he rule out the possibility of building new migrant detention camps, although he did not make it a priority, given that his plan is to deport migrants quickly.

In the interview he also said he will use the National Guard as part of a plan to deport millions of migrants from across the US, indicating that he is stepping up his anti-immigration rhetoric, something that fuelled his earlier rise to power.

«If I think things are getting out of control, I would have no problem using the military,» he said. «We have to have security in our country. We have to have law and order in our country. And whatever gets us there, but I think the National Guard will do the job.»

US military forces – both National Guard and active-duty soldiers – have historically been used at the border to support immigration personnel. However, using National Guard elements, or active-duty soldiers, to directly assist in the deportation of immigrants, especially in the interior of the country, would be a drastic escalation of their use in the immigration arena and would likely be subject to legal challenges.

Yesterday Trump campaigned in Wisconsin and Michigan, where he is virtually tied with Biden in the polls.

On another issue, a ban on most abortions after the first six weeks of pregnancy, a time when many women do not even know they are expecting, went into effect yesterday in Florida.

The new ban has the exception of applying to save a woman’s life, as well as in cases involving rape and incest, but Dr Leah Roberts, a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist at Boca Fertility in Boca Raton, said health care workers are prevented from terminating a non-viable pregnancy that they know could be fatal, such as when the foetus is missing organs or implanted outside the uterus, until it actually becomes fatal.

In Arizona, Congress yesterday approved repealing a long-standing ban on almost all abortions and has sent the bill to Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs, who is expected to sign it into law.

(Taken from La Jornada)

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