In a recent radio interview, President Donald Trump criticized prosecutors in Massachusetts who are trying to keep the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from doing their jobs and arresting illegal immigrants in Bay State courtrooms.
"It's a sad situation and very unfortunate for Massachusetts," the president said of the current debate over the enforcement of federal immigration law in the state.
Earlier this week, two Massachusetts district attorneys filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to keep federal immigration authorities from pursuing illegal immigrants by patrolling and conducting arrests at courthouses, "including courtrooms, hallways, clerk's offices, parking lots and front steps," the complaint alleges.
"It would be my honor" to face arrest for shielding illegal immigrants from ICE, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said Monday.
"These are people that probably don't mind crime, they don't mind what's going on," Trump said of the prosecutors after calling into Boston Herald Radio's "The Adriana Cohen Show" on Wednesday afternoon.
"So for her to be saying that — she's got to live with it, she's got to live with her own conscience," Trump said of Rollins' statement during the interview.
"You look at MS-13, they say in the world there's nothing more evil," Trump continued. "These are some very, very bad people. To try and protect them, I don't think so.
"What [MS-13 members have] done to young girls, what they've done to women, what they've done to others, is just horrible," Trump added.
On the same day that Rollins announced her lawsuit alongside Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, ICE arrested two illegal alien gang members at courthouses within her Suffolk County jurisdiction. One of those arrested is a known MS-13 member.
Last week, federal authorities at the Department of Justice hit Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and court officer Wesley MacGregor with multiple obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping an illegal immigrant escape from ICE detention by sneaking him out the basement door of a court building last May.
During Wednesday's radio interview, President Trump went on to praise federal immigration authorities and tout the job they've been doing to secure the southern border and the United States interior.
"It isn't an easy job. ICE — these are heroes, these are really heroes," Trump told the show's hosts. "They're doing the job nobody wants to do."
The full radio interview is available below.