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Trump calls undocumented immigrants ‘animals’

Washington, May 17: US President Donald Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting, warning that “dangerous people” were clamouring to breach the country’s borders and branded them “animals”. “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before,” the New York Times quoting Trump as saying on Wednesday.

Trump’s comments came during a discussion with state and local leaders on California’s so-called sanctuary laws, which strictly limit communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration officers and which the Trump administration is suing to invalidate. He vented about the nation’s immigration laws, calling them “the dumbest laws on immigration in the world”. He exhorted his administration to “do much better” in keeping out undesirable people, including members of transnational gangs like MS-13. The local officials invited for the event took turns praising his immigration policies and lamenting California’s law, arguing that it was making it more difficult for their communities to find and deport criminals. (IANS)