Trump on undocumented immigrants: 'These aren't people. These ar

Sergio Conner
May 17, 2018

After referring to them as "snakes", "rapists" and "bad hombres" (to name a few), President Donald Trump once again demonstrated his deep-rooted and hatred for undocumented immigrants by calling them "animals" during a White House meeting on sanctuary cities.

"We're taking people out of the country".

President Trump on Thursday pointedly referred to undocumented immigrants as "animals" in a statement his critics say betrays a gross misunderstanding of the plight of people who came to the United States illegally, and beyond that, little sympathy for them. "These aren't people. These are animals".

Trump's comments came in a freewheeling, hour-long White House meeting with local California leaders opposed to so-called "sanctuary city" policies.

"California's law provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on Earth, like MS-13 gang members, putting innocent men, women, and children at the mercy of these sadistic criminals", Trump said.

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In a White House meeting that included the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, House the majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, and top officials from the department of homeland security and the USA immigration and customs enforcement (Ice), Trump called the California policy "deadly and unconstitutional". Ice reported removing 5,396 gang members in fiscal year 2017, according to Politifact, but MS-13 members made up less than 10% of arrests in a gang crackdown announced that year. "If they don't reach a certain threshold, I can not tell ICE about it", she said. Homan said sanctuary laws allow criminal immigrants to return back to immigrant communities where they can prey on the vulnerable.

"Mexico does nothing for us, they do nothing for us", he said. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime". This empowered people to discriminate against or even physically harm them. NBC Los Angeles reports that Orange County passed an ordinance in March that exempts them from Senate Bill 54 that limits cooperation of local and state officials with federal immigration authorities. On Wednesday, he highlighted California cities who do cooperate, inviting mayors and sheriffs opposed to the state's predominant policy.

Trump was hosting the California Sanctuary State Roundtable, when he asked State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R) to offer remarks.

Trump singled out Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a Democrat who was not among the officials in attendance. "That Democrats gave us that law and they don't want to do anything about it". The announcement had come a day after Trump said he meant to deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border until his administration was able to deliver on his campaign promise to build a wall to bolster security. Gen. Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, are also scheduled to attend.

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