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Trump calls immigration at southwest border an ‘invasion,' echoing New Zealand gunman's rhetoric


Added 03-15-19 04:59:02pm EST - “"People hate the word invasion, but that's what it is."” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “Trump calls immigration at southwest border an ‘invasion,’ echoing New Zealand gunman’s rhetoric”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Donald Trump echoed language used by the suspected gunman in a set of mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, calling immigration at the southern U.S. border an “invasion.”

The president made the comments during a signing ceremony for his first official veto, rejecting a bipartisan resolution terminating his national emergency declaration at the U.S.-Mexico border. The president first declared a national emergency last month in order to divert funding from other areas of the government to build his long-promised border wall.

During the signing ceremony, the president expressed condolences for the victims of the attack, which left at least 49 people dead, calling the event an “evil killing” and a “horrible thing,” before pivoting back to the border.

“Congress’ vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality,” he said. “It is a tremendous national emergency. It is a tremendous crisis.”

He added, “Last month, more than 76,000 illegal migrants arrived at our border. We’re on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders. People hate the word ‘invasion’ but that’s what it is. It’s an invasion of drugs and criminals and people. You have no idea who they are.”

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