The Republican candidate for President of the United States, Donald Trump, stated that he does not rule out the possibility of building detention camps in North American territory for immigrants who are in the country illegally, in an interview with Time magazine published this Tuesday.

Trump was asked whether he would build new detention camps as part of his campaign promise to carry out the largest deportation of illegal immigrants. “I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Trump said.

“But there wouldn’t be as much need for them” because, according to him, the plan is to deport immigrants who are in the US illegally back to their home countries as quickly as possible. “We’re not going to let them in the country,” Trump said. “Let’s take them out.”

Trump has made illegal border crossings between the US and Mexico a central point of his campaign against President Joe Biden, who is running for a second four-year term. Immigration is a top issue for voters, according to opinion polls.

Trump said he would use National Guard troops to help with his planned deportation efforts, but also did not rule out sending active military forces to help. “I don’t think I have to do this. I think the National Guard would be able to do that. If they can’t, then I would use the military,” he said.

Trump was asked about the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, post-Civil War legislation that prohibits the use of the military against civilians. “Well, these are not civilians. These are people who are not legally in our country. This is an invasion of our country,” Trump said.

On Monday, Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said their governments will soon take steps to reduce illegal crossings at the southern border while also addressing the economic and security problems that drive people to migrate.

Trump has used dehumanizing terminology to describe illegal immigrants in the U.S., calling them “animals” when talking about alleged criminal acts and saying they are “poisoning the blood of our country,” a phrase that has been criticized as xenophobic and echoing Nazi rhetoric.

In response to criticism, Trump said he had no idea that German dictator Adolf Hitler had used similar language.

With information from Reuters


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