Spicer: Mass Deportation Is Not the Goal of Trump Administration
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took questions Tuesday during his daily press briefing relating to President Donald Trump's expected new executive order on immigration.
He said the goal of the Trump administration is not mass deportation but rather to prioritize removing undocumented immigrants that pose a direct threat to the country's national security.
"The message from this White House and from the DHS is those people who are in this country and pose a threat to our public safety or have committed a crime will be the first to go and we will aggressively be making sure that that occurs. That is what the priority is," Spicer said.
With millions of immigrants in the country illegally, Spicer said, the number one priority is making sure those who pose a threat are dealt with first and foremost, with ICE and the DHS focusing its resources on those people.
"Everybody who is here illegally is subject to removal at any time," Spicer said. "That is consistent with every country, not just ours. If you're in this country in an illegal manner, then obviously there's a provision that could ensure that you be removed.
"But the priority that the president has laid forward and the priority that ICE is putting forward through the DHS' guidance is to make sure that the people who have committed a crime or pose a threat to our public safety are the priority of their efforts, first and foremost."
Spicer concluded his remarks on immigration saying Trump was clear on this issue throughout his campaign and that his administration will continue to follow through on its campaign promises.
Watch a portion of Spicer's remarks above.