Sweet Alice Harris, Vice President Kamala Harris and meals to families of the fallen, in honor of military families. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
Just when you think you have a pretty good understanding of the facts and the legal issues surrounding President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the civil rights of nonwhites, along comes a new one. This one is a must-watch.
President Trump’s Twitter rant against nonwhites, the “bad hombres,” is not the first he’s launched. In addition to his tweet about “bad hombres” — which he posted on July 26, 2017 — he has criticized minority NFL players, NFL officiating, and the University of Mississippi.
In his latest attack, he’s accused “low IQ,” nonwhite immigrants, and Muslims of trying to “infest our country.” According to his Twitter feed, he’s referring to “radical Islamic terrorists” who “want to kill us all.”
President Trump has repeatedly claimed that there are “millions” of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., and many of them are “bad hombres.”
The “millions” number is technically correct — the Trump administration, U.S. Census Bureau, and Department of Homeland Security have all estimated that there are as many as 11.7 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. — but that doesn’t mean every single undocumented immigrant is a “bad hombre.”
While Trump’s figure of 11.6 million undocumented immigrants is “an exaggeration,” it’s a reasonable estimate. In September 2017 and April 2018, the Pew Research Center estimated that, of that 11.6 million people, 6.3 million were from Mexico, 2.2 million from Asia, and 2.5 million from Europe. Even if you include the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants from Haiti and other poor countries, it’s possible to come up with a figure between 11.2 million and 11.7 million.
But this figure seems to be a bit of a stretch.