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Trump: Migrant Caravans Raping Women at 'Levels Never Seen Before'

Todd Beamon

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President Donald Trump slammed the nation's immigration laws on Thursday and said that women were being raped "at levels that nobody has ever seen before" in a caravan of migrants traveling from Central America to seek asylum in the United States.

"Yesterday, it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before," Trump told a roundtable on tax reform at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center in West Virginia.

The president did not explain his remarks further, only saying: "They don't want to mention that. So, we have to change our laws."

In his overall attack on U.S. immigration laws, Trump also claimed that foreign countries were "not putting their good ones" in the visa lottery, citing the speech that kicked off his presidential campaign in 2015.

"Remember my opening remarks, at Trump Tower when I opened," he said. "Everybody said, 'Oh, he was so tough.' And I used the word 'rape.'"

Since the weekend, Trump has repeatedly bashed the migrant caravan, sponsored by People Without Borders, that had been traveling from Honduras through Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S.

Trump also threatened to kill the North American Free-Trade Agreement if Mexico did not stop the migrants.

Organizers abandoned the caravan in Mexico Wednesday — after Mexican officials returned many to Central America and following U.S. Homeland Security Secretary