Today, President Donald Trump either misspoke or flat-out lied when he perpetuated a falsehood about the administration's deportation measures — are you surprised?
He incorrectly referred to the new policies by the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement as a "military operation," the Daily Beast reports.
"We're getting really bad dudes out of this country," Trump said. "And at a rate nobody has ever seen before. And they’re the bad ones. And it’s a military operation."
Only, it's not a military operation at all, and the Department of Homeland Security was quick to rectify Trump's statement.
DHS Secretary John Kelly said there would be "no use of military force" and "no mass deportations."
"Everything we do in DHS will be done legally and according to human rights and the legal justice system of the United States," Kelly said while in Mexico.
The clarification comes after Trump dropped his "bad dudes" comment earlier today.
As Slate notes, the new laws implemented would have made Trump's wife Melania an "enforcement priority" back in the 1990s, said Hasan Shafiqullah, the deputy attorney in charge of the immigration law unit at the Legal Aid Society. The New York Times confirms the rules will mean more expulsions.
No matter, though — Trump's hypocrisy will likely always define his administrative reign, and Capitol Hill has a pattern of blatantly disregarding it.
Trump called recent deportation actions by ICE a "military action." Let's not pretend they aren't meant to terrorize and divide communities.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 23, 2017
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