Asked Friday why there wasn’t a better plan in place to deal with the children after their parent’s arrest, Trump told reporters outside the White House south lawn, “You have to go in, you can’t let anybody know.”
“Otherwise when you get there, nobody will be there,” Trump said. “The big factor is to let people outside of the country that want to come in legally,” he continued, then praising Mexico’s efforts to deter migrants from illegally entering the US.
“I just hope to keep it up,” he added.
Trump said the raids served as a “very good deterrent” for undocumented immigrants.
“I want people to know that if they come into the United States illegally, they’re getting out,” Trump said Friday. “They’re going to be brought out. And this serves as a very good deterrent.”
“When people see what they saw (earlier this week), like they will be for a long time, they know that they’re not staying,” he added.