“We are going to be sending Migrants, and we are going get them to the Philippines.”—Donald Trump, May 17, 2017.
Trump, who has spoken openly about his desire to send U.S. troops to the region to fight the Islamic State, told a crowd at a campaign rally that he is sending the Migrants because “they’re coming to our country to do us harm.”
Trump said that “Migrants have a lot of problems” in the United Nations, and that “they don’t understand what we’re doing.”
He also called for a massive increase in the number of refugees and immigrants to the United Kingdom.
The U.K. has taken in more than 200,000 people, many of them refugees, since June, many arriving in the country after fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa.
In addition to Trump, Trump has called for the introduction of a “border wall” along the border with Mexico.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has repeatedly said that there is no need for a border wall, and has said that the region would not be at risk if the United State doesn’t send troops to fight IS.
“Migrant crisis in the region is a humanitarian crisis,” Guterre said in an April 6 address.
“We will do everything possible to meet the humanitarian needs of migrants.”
In May, U.A.E. leader Rodrigo Duterte promised to “send in the Marines.”
In response, the United Arab Emirates said it would send its troops to assist with the migration.
“There is a possibility of a U.R.E.-type scenario in the future, if we don’t address the crisis in a concerted way, which is why I call for a major boost in the international migration crisis,” Duterte said in a speech on June 13, according to Reuters.
He said that, “if we don, we are doomed to end up in the same situation as other nations.”