Trump draws re­buke for calling some im­mi­grants 'an­i­mals'

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - International -

PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump is draw­ing crit­i­cism af­ter re­fer­ring to some peo­ple who cross the border il­le­gally as “an­i­mals.”

Dur­ing a White House round­table dis­cus­sion on im­mi­gra­tion, Trump said, “You wouldn’t be­lieve how bad these peo­ple are. These aren’t peo­ple. These are an­i­mals,” as re­ported by the As­so­ci­ated Press (AP).

Trump made the re­mark af­ter a com­ment from law en­force­ment about try­ing to stop peo­ple at the border, in­clud­ing MS-13 gang mem­bers.

Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer re­sponded on Twit­ter, say­ing, “When all of our great-great-grand­par­ents came to Amer­ica they weren’t “an­i­mals,” and these peo­ple aren’t ei­ther.”

The fo­cus of the round­table meet­ing was a Cal­i­for­nia law that took ef­fect this year that bars po­lice from ask­ing peo­ple about their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus or from help­ing fed­eral agents with im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment. Trump and Repub­li­cans have railed against that law.

Pres­i­dent Trump 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 Con­gress­man Jared Po­lis. Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown said “Trump is ly­ing on im­mi­gra­tion, ly­ing about crime and ly­ing about the laws of Cal­i­for­nia.” “Fly­ing in a dozen Re­pub­li­can politi­cians to flat­ter him and praise his reck­less poli­cies changes noth­ing. We, the cit­i­zens of the fifth largest econ­omy in the world, are not im­pressed,” he said.

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