Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON— US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­scribed mi­grants as “an­i­mals” on Wed­nes­day, in a charged dis­cus­sion about the bor­der wall and law en­force­ment.

“We have peo­ple com­ing into the coun­try, or try­ing to come in,” Trump told Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­cans vis­it­ing the White House.

“We are tak­ing peo­ple out of the coun­try,” he said.

“You wouldn’t be­lieve how bad th­ese peo­ple are. Th­ese aren’t peo­ple, th­ese are an­i­mals, and we’re tak­ing them out of the coun­try,” Trump said.

His re­marks came after com­ments on mi­gra­tion and law en­force­ment, so-called “sanc­tu­ary cities” for im­mi­grants and the MS-13 gang.


Trump has of­ten painted mem­bers of MS-13—a gang that orig­i­nated in the United States but with roots in El Sal­vador— as “vi­cious” and “killers.”

He has of­ten con­flated the gang with im­mi­grants in gen­eral.

His most re­cent com­ment— loaded with echoes of Nazi lan­guage about Jews—was swiftly con­demned by Democrats.

“Im­mi­grants are hu­man be­ings. Not an­i­mals, not crim­i­nals, not drug deal­ers, not rapists. They are hu­man be­ings,” said Colorado Rep. Jared Po­lis, a Demo­crat.

Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown said, “Trump is ly­ing on im­mi­gra­tion, ly­ing about crime and ly­ing about the laws of Cal­i­for­nia.”—

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