Trump vows to ‘promptly’ remove those who move to U.S. illegally; cites Guyanese in State of the Union speech


United States President Donald Trump Tuesday night delivered a warning that those who seek to move to the United States illegally would be “promptly removed” and he cited the case of a Guyanese who murdered a 92-year-old woman in New York to back up his case for tougher immigration rules.

Referring to those who show up at the U.S. southern border, he warned: “If you come illegally,
you will now be promptly removed from our country.”

“…we are working on legislation to replace our outdated and randomized immigration system with one based on merit, welcoming those who follow the rules, contribute to our economy, support themselves financially, and uphold our values.”

To boost his case for tough immigration policies, he cited the case of 21-year-old Guyanese Reaz Khan.

“Just 29 days ago, a criminal alien freed by the sanctuary city of New York was charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman,” Trump said in his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

The country’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) wanted to deport Khan after attacked his father on November 27 last year with a broken cup. He was charged and released under New York’s sanctuary policies. Six weeks after his release, he raped and strangled 92-year-old Maria Fuentes in Richmond Hill, Queens, where thousands of Guyanese live, including those who went to the U.S. “backtrack” or who overstay on their visitor’s visa.

In 2018, an estimated 3,220 Guyanese overstayed in the US on non-immigrant visas, when they travelled for vacation or business.

“The killer had been previously arrested for assault, but under New York’s sanctuary policies, he was set free,” Trump said Monday night.

“If the city had honored ICE’s detainer request, his victim would still be alive today,” Trump stated.

In his speech, Trump said ICE officers last year arrested more than 120,000 criminal aliens charged with nearly 10,000 burglaries, 5,000 sexual assaults, 45,000 violent assaults, and 2,000 murders.

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