Rep. Jayapal Claims Trump Wants to Wall to Eliminate All People of Color from U.S.
JAYAPAL: “It’s fundamentally existential in he continues to insist on a wall. You just said it so beautifully, Chris. This has never been about a wall. He actually could have gotten funding a couple of years ago or a year ago for a wall. It was part of a deal that was proposed. Not all of us agreed with that deal, but it was proposed to him and he turned it down because his ultimate goal is, as you said, to make America pure in the sense of not having immigrants, not having folks of color here and shutting down every form of legal immigration. All to throw a bone to those people. And the only thing I can hope is that the people he’s throwing the bone to are actually a minority of people. What’s interesting, Chris, is if you look at where immigration fared in the 2018 elections, we actually found people turning away from this view that it was too racist, too bigoted, too xenophobic. Most people in America, I think, do remember they’re one or two generations, just a little bit removed, and they were uncomfortable with the level to which this has gone. So I hope that this can backfire on him and I hope this continues to backfire on him because he has never been interested in being a president for the whole country. He’s only interested in throwing out red meat. And I just have to say, as an immigrant myself, it is so deeply offensive to see the harm that he’s causing to people across the country, people who are terrified, who don’t feel they’re belonged. The people who are seeking asylum who no longer can get in, even though it’s legal to seek asylum, and not just at a legal port of entry. You know, all the people who have come to this country because of what we represent, the deep harm that is being done and the violence that’s being committed against Muslims through hate crimes, against Latinos, against folks of color, there is real damage, not only to real people but also to our soul and our psyche."