Pres­i­dent calls il­le­gal im­mi­grants ‘an­i­mals’

Irish Independent - - World News - Jill Colvin

WHILE rail­ing against Cal­i­for­nia for its so-called sanc­tu­ary im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­ferred to some peo­ple who cross the border il­le­gally as “an­i­mals” – draw­ing a sharp re­buke from Demo­cratic lead­ers.

Mr Trump’s re­mark at a meet­ing with lo­cal lead­ers was in re­sponse to a com­plaint about gang mem­bers.

“We have peo­ple com­ing into the coun­try, or try­ing to come in – and we’re stop­ping a lot of them,” Mr Trump said. “You wouldn’t be­lieve how bad these peo­ple are. These aren’t peo­ple. These are an­i­mals.”

Se­nate mi­nor­ity leader Chuck Schumer wrote on Twit­ter: “When all our great­great-grand­par­ents came to Amer­ica they weren’t ‘an­i­mals,’ and these peo­ple aren’t ei­ther.”

Mr Trump was joined at the White House meet­ing by may­ors, sher­iffs and other lo­cal lead­ers from Cal­i­for­nia who op­pose the state’s im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies and who ap­plauded his hard-line efforts. Assem­bly mem­ber Melissa Me­len­dez said: “This is your Re­pub­li­can re­sis­tance right here against what they’re do­ing in Cal­i­for­nia.”

They were crit­i­cis­ing leg­is­la­tion Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown signed into law last year that bars po­lice from ask­ing peo­ple about their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus or help­ing fed­eral agents with im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment.

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