US President Donald Trump has once again made disparaging remarks about migrants. At a meeting with Republicans in the White House on Wednesday, he described immigrants as “animals.”
“There are people coming in or trying to get into the country, and we’re bringing people out of the country,” Trump said. “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are, they are not humans, they are animals, and we bring them out of the country again.”
Democratic politicians immediately condemned Trump’s statements. “Immigrants are human beings, no animals, no criminals, no drug dealers, no rapists, they are human beings,” said MP Jared Polis. California Governor Jerry Brown accused Trump of lying about immigration and crime.
Trump has repeatedly provoked outrage with his harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric. In the election campaign, he branded immigrants from Mexico sweeping as a “rapist”.
Elise Foley, a journalist says, “The livestreamed roundtable at the White House centered on so-called sanctuary policies, which limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal deportation efforts. His dehumanizing comments about immigrants weren’t new, nor was his attack on a Democratic politician. The most remarkable thing about both of them was that in the Trump era, reducing a group of people to subhuman and threatening to incarcerate another politician were scarcely notable”.