In a shocking comparison, US President Donald Trump referred some 'illegal' migrants to "animals". He made the remarks on Wednesday (May 16) during his charged discussion with California Republicans visiting the White House about the topic'Border Wall and Law Enforcement'
"We have people coming in to the country, or trying to come in. We are taking people out of the country. 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."
His 'animal' remarks came after his comments on migration and law enforcement, so-called "sanctuary cities" for immigrants, and the MS-13 gang. Trump, who has often combined the gang with immigrants into one in general, has painted members of MS13 as "vicious" and "killers".
Trump's comment was immediately condemned by Democrats. "Immigrants are human beings. Not animals, not criminals, not drug dealers, not rapists. They are human beings," said Colorado Congressman Jared Polis.
California Governor Jerry Brown said "Trump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of California. Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing. We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed."