Dem Rep Castro: Trump ‘Playing to a Very Angry Base of People’

Sunday, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said, “a lot of the hysteria that you see now about illegal immigration,” is being caused by right wing politicians like Donald Trump “playing to a very angry base of people who are engaging in stereotyping immigrants.”

Castro stated, “The border has never been more secure than it is now. I know there are a lot of folks who don’t believe that, people that don’t like to hear it, but the fact is the net migration with Mexico is at zero. If you look back 20 or 30 years ago, that was not the case. So, a lot of the hysteria that you see now about illegal immigration is really politicians on the right wing, like Donald Trump, who are playing to a very angry base of people who are engaging in stereotyping immigrants, and really blaming them for a lot of the country’s ills. But we’ve never committed more resources at the border than we do today.”

He added that the negative reaction to illegal immigration is “a fear of the unknown,” which is “exacerbated by people, unfortunately, like Donald Trump that are stoking that for political gain and political purposes.”

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