October 23, 2018
Blaming “our pathetic immigration laws,”—for which he claims Americans should “blame the Democrats”—President Donald Trump sent out a cluster of tweets early on October 22 saying that a caravan of migrants making their way toward the United States included “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners.”
It’s a familiar theme: At a political rally on October 19 in Mesa, Arizona covered by The New York Times, the POTUS alleged that some of the people seeking asylum in the United States from violence and bad conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras included “bad people,” “criminals,” “not little angels,” and “tough, tough people.” He did not mention Middle Easterners.
In attacking Democrats, Trump mischaracterized his political opponents as pushing for “open borders.”
“Democrats believe our country should be a giant sanctuary city for criminal aliens,” he claimed, according to the Times report.
The president also has alleged without evidence, that the Democrats actually funded the caravan of migrants heading to the United States, the news outlet said—however, there is no proof of that, the Times said.
In reaction to the caravan, Trump has threatened to use U.S. military forces at the border—and to begin separating migrant families again. He also has warned that, if the migrants are not stopped soon, he will cut off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
The White House on Monday did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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