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'They're Not So Innocent': Trump Spews Yet Another Racist Attack — This Time at 'Alien Minors'

The president went after migrant children in a bigoted attack.

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Proving his apologists wrong once again, President Donald Trump unleashed yet another racist attack against immigrants on Wednesday at a roundtable on immigration policy, smearing all children crossing the border without their parents as criminals.

"They exploited the loopholes in our laws to enter our country as unaccompanied alien minors," he said. "They look so innocent. They're not innocent."

These remarks are similar to those Trump made last week, when he smeared as "animals" people who the United States is deporting. Trump later claimed that he only meant to refer to MS-13 members as "animals," but blurring the lines between people who commit crimes and other immigrants, both documented and undocumented, has been a consistent feature of Trump's rhetoric.

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On Wednesday, not only did he use the disrespectful term "alien minors" to describe vulnerable children who have face incomparable hardship and typically left dangerous homes to come to the United States, he virtually declared the entire category of unaccompanied minors to be inherently criminals. 

The idea that waves of unaccompanied minors were joining MS-13 on Long Island has been prevalent. But as WNYC reported, immigration courts have repeatedly ruled that many of these children, who were arrested "based on the clothes they wore and who they spoke to in and out of school," have no proven gang ties and must be released. The article explained:

The ACLU is representing F.E. in the lawsuit arguing the Trump administration is illegally detaining immigrant teens in "jail-like facilities" based on unsubstantiated evidence that they are gang members. Now the burden is on the federal government to provide evidence. 

Trump's repugnant rhetoric that attacks children with no rational basis is clearly at the root of these injustices. Meanwhile, one of the speakers at the event noted that while the president stirs up fear of MS-13, the gang hasn't been reported to have killed anyone on Long Island, where the roundtable took place, in over a year.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.