Thursday, May 17, 2018
VOX reports that President Donald Trump referred to some people deported from the United States as “animals” during a roundtable discussion about California’s “sanctuary” law on Wednesday. After a California sheriff commented that her county is unable to notify ICE when an MS-13 gang member is in jail for a minor crime, Trump launched into a riff about “people trying to come in” and being deported who are “not people. They’re animals.” It’s the latest in a series of statements stretching over Trump’s entire national political career that carelessly conflate immigration, criminality, and violence.
UPDATE (May 19): Linda Qui for the New York Times "fact checks" President Trump's claims that state and local "sanctuary laws" allow immigrants convicted of serious crimes to remain in the United States.