Donald Trump blasted members of the MS-13 gang on Wednesday during a White House panel.
During the discussion, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims mentioned that she couldn’t report potential MS-13 members to immigration officials because of California law.
“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country,” Trump replied.
“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 at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.”
“The dumbest laws — as I said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world. So we’re going to take care of it, Margaret. We’ll get it done.”
President Trump during California #SanctuaryCities Roundtable: “These aren’t people. These are animals.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 16, 2018
(Correction: Article has been updated to clarify that Trump’s comments were during a discussion about gangs.)