Thursday, May 17, 2018

Calling immigrants ‘animals,’ Trump evokes an ugly history of dehumanization


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.


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