According to a report by CNN on Friday, October 6, 2023, former President Donald Trump has once again drawn criticism and condemnation for his anti-immigrant remarks in a recent interview with a right-leaning news site.
Trump said that undocumented immigrants were “poisoning the blood of our country,” using language that is often employed by white supremacists and nativists.
Trump made the comments in a video interview with The National Pulse, published last week, where he repeated his false claims of election fraud and attacked President Joe Biden’s administration for its handling of the border crisis, the Afghanistan withdrawal, and the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Nobody has ever seen anything like we’re witnessing right now. It is a very sad thing for our country,” Trump said.
“It’s poisoning the blood of our country. It’s so bad, and people are coming in with disease. People are coming in with every possible thing that you could have.”
Trump’s remarks were met with swift backlash from various groups and individuals, including human rights activists, immigration advocates, Democratic lawmakers, and even some Republicans.
They accused Trump of spreading lies, fear, and hatred, and of inciting violence and division among Americans.
One of the most vocal critics of Trump’s comments was the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights group that tracks hate groups and extremists in the US.
The SPLC said that Trump’s comments were “racist” and “dehumanizing” and that they echoed the rhetoric of white nationalists and eugenicists.
“Trump’s use of the term ‘poisoning the blood’ is a clear reference to the white supremacist concept of ‘blood purity,’ which asserts that people of color are genetically inferior to white people and that racial mixing is a threat to the survival of the white race,” said Lecia Brooks, chief of staff at the SPLC, in a statement.
Brooks added that Trump’s comments were “not only offensive and dangerous, but also historically inaccurate” and that they ignored the contributions of immigrants and refugees to the US.
“Immigrants and refugees have enriched our nation’s culture, economy, and society for generations.
They are not ‘poisoning’ anything; they are making our country stronger and more diverse,” Brooks said.
Some Republican lawmakers also distanced themselves from Trump’s comments, saying that they do not reflect their views or values.
Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah and a frequent critic of Trump, said that he disagrees with Trump’s comments and that he supports legal immigration and refugee resettlement as long as they are done in a lawful and orderly manner.
“I think America is a great melting pot. I think people who come here legally make us a stronger nation,” Romney said in an interview with CNN on Sunday.
Trump’s anti-immigrant comments come at a time when the US is facing a surge of migrants at its southern border, mostly from Central America, fleeing violence, poverty, and corruption in their home countries.
The Biden administration has been struggling to cope with the influx of migrants, especially unaccompanied children, and has faced criticism from both sides of the political spectrum for its response to the situation.