"We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country," the president said in a statement via Twitter. "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order," he claimed, falsely.
Also, illegally – immigrants, even those who enter the country illegally, have civil rights once they are on U.S. soil.
"Most children come without parents," Trump continued, which is at best questionable. "Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit - we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!"
Trump has worked hard to reduce the number of immigrants into the U.S., especially from Muslim-majority countries, via his travel ban, and from African nations, which he infamously referred to as "shithole countries," and now from Central America. Many of those he is attacking are seeking refugee status and asylum. Several countries in Honduras in recent years have been labeled "the murder capital of the world," due to their exponentially higher rates of violence and murder.
On social media, many are noting the president's language choices reflect his true feelings about immigrants in general. Words like "these people," "invade," and recently, "infest," "breed," and "animals," clearly are meant to dehumanize immigrants – legal or otherwise.
One offered a edited copy of The 10 Stages of Genocide. The original was written by Gregory H. Stanton, the President of Genocide Watch, who is a Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University:
I guess he figured "infest" didn't work so he's trying "invade" instead. pic.twitter.com/cSeeR4v9KO
— KD (@Fly_Sistah) June 24, 2018
Others weighed in with similar concerns and outrage:
When he said "infest," he was denying their humanity.
When he says "invade," he's suggesting that people seeking the very freedom we cherish are hostile simply because they're foreign.
It's all pure racism. https://t.co/6ipiLCLrUE
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) June 24, 2018
This is the language of fascism.
The silence of republican leaders
everywhere is deafening . https://t.co/JStzc3KSiE
— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) June 24, 2018
“Invade.” And earlier, “Infest.”
Seeking asylum is legal. It is not an invasion.
You began your political career with racism & now that’s all you have left to keep your equally racist base afraid, riled up, and codependent. https://t.co/QJoVBiLHEV
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) June 24, 2018
“invade” “infest” “criminals” “rapists” “gang members”
the president is a white supremacist. https://t.co/wuiw3WIKB8
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) June 24, 2018
These are families escaping war.
Undocumented immigrants commit crime at ONE FOURTH the rate of the native born population.
This is a naked attempt to manufacture fear to help your own political career and fill your own pockets.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 24, 2018
Using the words “invade” and “infest” portrays racism. Those words are unacceptable and we will remember in the midterms. #resist
— Schmidtty (@sch11midt) June 24, 2018
For someone with such a small vocabulary, it’s nothing but obvious what he is attempting to do by using words like “invade”, “infest” and “animals” in the context of immigration and if you think otherwise, you’re complicit and just as bad as him. Thanks for coming to my ted talk https://t.co/QZjkmbnGdd
— Breezy ErrDeezy (@errdaisha) June 24, 2018
Fascist America? Or just Asshole America? Either way, I’m not for it.
We’re ready Mr. Mueller, ready anytime.
— 🌈stacey meis (@staceymeis) June 24, 2018
Invade? Infest? You are the reincarnated Hitler, aren’t you.
— Over it 💁♂️ (@DJZurbriggen) June 24, 2018
"Invade our Country", "Infest our Country". Conjuring images of vermin and an invasion to vilify a group of people is a fascist tactic.
Calling for the removal of a group of people without due process is a fascist tactic.
— lynds (@cowinzy) June 24, 2018
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