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Joaquin Castro Compares Trump’s Immigration Order to ‘Operation Wetback’

Wednesday on MSNBC’s “All In,” Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX), who previously said Congress should potentially draw up “articles of impeachment” against President Donald Trump, said Trump’s halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries is like “Operation Wetback, which took many Mexican nationals who had been allowed in to work, but also took in American citizens and deported them to Mexico.”

Castro said, “Any time the United States government has targeted people based on their skin color or religion, not only has that been wrong, but there is also a tendency of a dragnet affect and we saw some of that even this weekend where Green Card holders, people who have a legal right to be in the country were denied entry into the United States.”

“I saw a story today that looked like of a citizen who got caught up in that dragnet,” he continued. “That was the case when the government decades ago did Operation Wetback, which took many Mexican nationals who had been allowed in to work, but also took in American citizens and deported them to Mexico. So these things tend not only to affect their targets but also people who have a legal right to be here, including citizens.”

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