It’s “Xenophobia and Racism”:Trump Threatens “Removal Forces” for Immigrants

The Young Turks / YouTube WHITE HOUSE LEAK Trump Is Unraveling...
donald trump The Young Turks / YouTube

Sen. Bernie Sanders accused Donald Trump of pushing “xenophobia and racism” on Friday after the president said his administration is building up “removal forces” to kick out immigrants.

Writer and activist Shaun King, on Twitter, said Trump’s Friday morning tweet backs up reporting that the president plans on invoking an arcane law to use military force to drive out undocumented immigrants.

Right-wing news outlet The Daily Caller first reported Thursday that, among other moves, Trump plans on invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807 to boot undocumented immigrants from the country.

Last invoked by President George H. W. Bush in response to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the act allows for the deployment of federal troops in response to “unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion.”

On Friday morning, the administration had an opportunity to refute the reporting, but did not.

“Is the administration considering the Insurrection Act?” asked “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy of deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidle.

“He’s going to do everything within his legal authority to protect the American people and the families of this country,” Gidley responded.

“That’s a yes,” Doocy and fellow host Brian Kilmeade said.

The Daily Caller reporting followed Trump’s Thursday afternoon speech from the White House Rose Garden in which he sketched out a new immigration plan.

As the Los Angeles Times reported,

The plan, for which the White House did not release any written text or even an outline, focuses on border infrastructure—additional barriers, checkpoints and other enforcement tools. It also would shift the legal immigration system away from the preference for people who have family in the United States to one based on what the administration defines as “merit”—specific job skills, advanced degrees or the money to start a new company. […]

Any potential immigrant would also need to pass English proficiency and civics tests and prove he or she will be “financially self-sufficient,” to gain admittance, with preference being given to young people, who the president said would contribute more to the country’s social safety net.

Democratic leadership called the plan “dead-on-arrival.”

“The White House has repackaged the worst of its past failed immigration plans: greenlighting the Administration’s barbaric family detention policies, reviving the president’s ineffective and wasteful wall, completely abandoning our patriotic and determined Dreamers, and gutting our asylum and refugee protections, which the evangelical community has called the ‘crown jewel of American humanitarianism,'” said Speaker Pelosi in a statement.

“To say that this plan’s application criteria are ‘merit-based,'” she added, “is the height of condescension.”

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) rebuked the proposal as well, saying that it “would make our already brutal immigration system even more inhumane.”

The proposal met similar outrage from immigration activist Maru Mora Villalpando, who told Democracy Now! Friday that it’s “another white supremacist take on immigration” and “another step in [the] war on immigrants.”

Thank you to all who already support our work since we could not exist without your generosity. If you have not already, please consider supporting us on Patreon to ensure we can continue bringing you the best of independent journalism.

Leave a Comment

4 Comments on "It’s “Xenophobia and Racism”:Trump Threatens “Removal Forces” for Immigrants"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Michael owens
Guest
Michael owens

Honestly, can the Dems and Rep leave this sick fk in the WH… impeach the prick, or find another LHO…

scorpio57
Guest
scorpio57

This ignorant bastard named drumpf will never win a second term.

Independent
Guest
Independent

Too bad we cant send him to Germany where (according to wikileaks thar he loves so much ) wrote about his grandfather who came to America when he Was 16 to avoid the draft, made money running hotels in the gold fields and attempted to return to Germany (again according to wikileaks) which refused to let him stay. I believe his mom was an immigrant from Scotland and two of his wives were immigrants and now his inlaws are citizens. What is his problem with immigrants???????????

Dick Panico
Guest
Dick Panico

This mentally deranged “fake president “ is so hateful , it’s hard to believe even his family can
Stand him . How can anyone that has an ounce
humanity, given the position as president, treat
people ( that have nothing) so heartlessly? How has he evolved in to this ( sub human) mentality? When I hear him speak , I think of SCUM. Someone , please , help rid America of this UNGODLY CREATURE. “ WOE TO US “ . – We’ve nursed a viper to our bosom