During a meeting with California officials who oppose the state’s “sanctuary city” laws, Donald said some undocumented immigrants “aren’t people” but instead ” are animals who will be taken out of the country “at a rate that’s never happened before.”
Trump vowed to strengthen U.S. immigration laws as he responded to Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, who was frustrated with the way California’s sanctuary city laws put a bind on local law enforcement’s ability to reinforce federal immigration laws.
“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country, you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are,” Trump said during the meeting with California lawmakers and officials. “These aren’t people. These are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a rate that’s never happened before.”
President Trump during California #SanctuaryCities Roundtable: “These aren’t people. These are animals.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 16, 2018
Trump, who has always been a vocal critic of sanctuary cities, blamed the influx of immigrants crossing into the country illegally on the fact that the U.S. has “the dumbest laws on immigration in the world.” He vowed that his administration would fix this by working with Congress to enact stricter immigration laws.
Last April, Trump used his platform to spread fear about undocumented immigrants. “Every day, sanctuary cities release illegal immigrants, drug dealers, traffickers, gang members back into our communities,” he said. “They’re safe havens for just some terrible people.”
Trump’s latest remarks piggyback on the Tuesday Washington Post report that his administration plans on splitting apart families illegally crossing the border, and that migrant children will be warehoused in military bases around Texas and Arkansas.
The president also made sure to mention that Democrats are responsible for the law that says “we have to break up families.”
Trump today on immigration: “We have to break up families. The Democrats gave us that law. It’s a horrible thing, we have to break up families. That Democrats gave us that law and they don’t want to do anything about it.” (Fact check: both parties are responsible for immigration)
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 16, 2018
Of all his campaign promises, immigration reform seems to be the one issue Trump is intent on bullishly pursuing. Last March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a lawsuit against California over some of its sanctuary policies, saying that they are intentionally designed to obstruct federal immigration law. (They are. Sanctuary cities, by definition, give jurisdictions the power to not cooperate with the federal government when it comes to immigration enforcement.)