Representative Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat from Illinois, is claiming that Trump is solely “about stopping legal immigration,” and more specifically, people of color altogether from entering our country.
During an interview on MSNBC, they spoke about the State of the Union address and Gutierrez stated, “Look, Chris, we — you and I should just spend five minutes one night, we can’t do it tonight, and let’s see what countries get eliminated. And you know what we’re going to find? We’re going to find China. We’re going to find South Korea, India, the Philippines. We’re going to find South Korea. We’re going to find Mexico and El Salvador. What do all those countries have in common? Well, they have in common people of color that come to the United States of America, and that’s what he wants to stop. So, he says it’s about crime, right? But it’s really not. He said it’s about a border and building a fence and building a wall. But it’s not. It’s about stopping legal immigration, so that people like me, people like my mom, that came to this country can’t come here anymore.”
Following his claims, Chris Hayes questioned, “So you’re saying that this is explicitly is a racial project. You believe that the president wants to preserve, essentially, the whiteness of the country and that that is what is motivating his immigration rhetoric and policy?”
Gutierrez replied, “There is absolutely no doubt.”