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Trump Just Referred To Illegal Immigrants As Animals, ‘These Aren’t People, These Are Animals’

During a round table meeting in the White House on Wednesday with several senior officials, as well as local and state officials, President Donald Trump said criminal illegal immigrants were “animals.” The president also suggested that the mayor of Oakland should be tried for obstruction of justice for providing sanctuary to immigrants and refusing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

Later on, Trump said that criminal illegal immigrants were “animals” and that sanctuary cities were contributing to “butchery” in the country, citing a case in Maryland where an illegal immigrant is accused of rape.

“To me, that’s obstruction of justice,” Trump said. “And perhaps the Department of Justice can look into that,” he added, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions sat nearby.

In February, during a meeting with local and state officials on school safety, Trump railed against illegal immigrants and criminal gangs, using the same dehumanizing terminology.

“The gangs are such a problem,” Trump said. “You know, we talk about child safety. The kids walk home and they meet one of these gangs. And these are absolute animals. These aren’t human beings; these are animals. And it’s the torture — the level of torture. In this country, who would ever believe a thing like this could happen? But we’re literally getting MS-13 out by the thousands. But they come in — these are smart. They’re smart. They actually have franchises going to Los Angeles.”

In the round table on Wednesday, Trump falsely claimed that border crossings were down by 40 percent, though it isn’t clear what metric he was using. Compared to the same month last year, border crossing in the Southwest are up.

Trump also acknowledged the criticism his administration has received for their willingness to support policy that separates children from their parents, but he deflected and said that the law allowing the enforcement of the policy was the work of Democrats.

The round table may be a precursor to increased policy action from the White House. “The state of California’s attempts to nullify federal law have sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured,” the president said. “They want border security and they want protection.”

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