Trump on undocumented immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'

Trump on undocumented immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'

Trump on undocumented immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'

During a White House event on so-called sanctuary cities, the president said his administration already has "started the wall".

"We have people coming into the country - or trying to come in, we're stopping a lot of them - but we're taking people out of the country, you wouldn't believe how bad these people are".

Newsom said the president was "cherry-picking a few right-wing electeds from a state of 39 million people. These aren't people. These are animals".

Sheriff Margaret Mims told the president that California's sanctuary laws have put sheriffs like herself in "an untenable position", caught between conflicting state and federal laws. His dehumanizing comments about immigrants weren't new, nor was his attack on a Democratic politician. "They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people".

At one point the president suggested that Sessions investigate whether charges for obstruction of justice could be made against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

As the Vox pointed out, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested almost 45,500 non-criminal immigrants in 2017 alone. If anything, ICE arrests of people with no criminal records have more than doubled since the former reality TV star with no political or military experience whatsoever took office.

Trump said he wanted people to come into the USA legally and on merit basis. The announcement had come a day after Trump said he meant to deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border until his administration was able to deliver on his campaign promise to build a wall to bolster security.

Sessions did not react, according to a report from the room.

Trump lashed out in particular at the Los Angeles Police Department, saying the agency in January "arrested an illegal immigrant from Mexico for drug possession". He is seeking legal changes that would make it easier to turn away or indefinitely detain asylum seekers and children.

As he has at least once before, Trump in Wednesday's meeting called members of the Central America-based MS-13 gang "animals" and vowed to step up deportations of immigrant gang members.

Steinle, a young San Francisco-area woman, was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant felon while walking on a pier with her father.

Cox said Trump is "absolutely right, the first role of government is to protect its people" and said Newsom and Brown "have failed miserably".

He referred to a New York City terrorism suspect, a legal permanent resident who came to the US on a diversity visa, as an "animal" in November.

"Trump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of California", Brown said.

"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", Trump said.

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