Monday 23 September 2019

President calls illegal immigrants 'animals'

U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Jill Colvin in Washington

While railing against California for its so-called sanctuary immigration policies, US President Donald Trump referred to some people who cross the border illegally as "animals" - drawing a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders.

Mr Trump's remark at a meeting with local leaders was in response to a complaint about gang members.

"We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in - and we're stopping a lot of them," Mr Trump said. "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals."

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer wrote on Twitter: "When all our great- great-grandparents came to America they weren't 'animals,' and these people aren't either."

Mr Trump was joined at the White House meeting by mayors, sheriffs and other local leaders from California who oppose the state's immigration policies and who applauded his hard-line efforts. Assembly member Melissa Melendez said: "This is your Republican resistance right here against what they're doing in California."

They were criticising legislation Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last year that bars police from asking people about their immigration status or helping federal agents with immigration enforcement.

Irish Independent

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