US Rep. Andy Biggs estimates 2M face possible deportation next week
PHOENIX – U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs said Tuesday at least 2 million immigrants in the country illegally were likely the focus of potential deportations that President Donald Trump said could happen soon.
“(There are) about a million people who have already received due process – they’ve had a court review their case and say you are illegally in the United States. … They need to be sent home,” Biggs (R-Ariz.) said on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News.
Another 1 million, he said, had court dates but failed to appear.
“They’re running around this country. They can be taken and removed as well,” Biggs said. “I believe that is what the president is talking about.”
Trump tweeted Monday that Immigration Customs and Enforcement would begin the process next week.
“They will be removed as fast as they come in,” the president wrote.
Biggs said he spoke with Mark Morgan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, last week.
“Sometimes it’s going to a simple bench warrant – they find somebody on a traffic citation and there’s also an ICE hold,” Biggs said.
The agency also receives tips about individuals who have warrants.
A senior Mexican official said Monday that, three weeks ago, about 4,200 migrants were arriving at the U.S. border daily. Now that number has dropped to about 2,600.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.