President Donald Trump referred to some set of illegal immigrants as animals.
He made this comment during a round table meeting in the White House with several senior officers including local and state officials.
Trump said criminal illegal immigrants were “animals” and that sanctuary cities were contributing to “butchery” in the United States, 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.
In February, during a meeting with local and state officials on school safety, Trump railed said, “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.”
This week, 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.
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.”