WASHINGTON | Trump draws rebuke for calling some immigrants ‘animals’
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is drawing criticism after referring to some people who cross the border illegally as “animals.”
During a White House roundtable discussion on immigration, Trump said, “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.”
Trump made the remark after a comment from law enforcement about trying to stop people at the border, including MS-13 gang members.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded on Twitter, saying, “When all of our great-great-grandparents came to America they weren’t “animals,” and these people aren’t either.”
The focus of the roundtable meeting was a California law that took effect this year that bars police from asking people about their immigration status or from helping federal agents with immigration enforcement.