Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) on Wednesday claimed that President Donald Trump prefers immigrants from “snowhole” countries like Norway instead of those who look like the “King of Wakanda,” referencing the fictional African nation in the Black Panther movie.
“So Trump’s immigration approach is pretty simple: If you are white, you’re alright. If you are brown, you are lower down. And if you are black, just go back,” Gutierrez said on the House floor.
The outgoing Illinois Democrat also mentioned First Lady Melania Trump’s “extraordinary ability visa” to argue that Trump only wants people who “look like a million dollars.”
“Yes, in America, if you have a million dollars or you look like a million dollars, you can get a visa,” he said. “But if you look like a parking attendant or a busboy or a field hand or the King of Wakanda – in the eyes of our President, you are not welcome.”
Gutierrez then again claimed that “Trump prefers immigrants from ‘snowhole countries’ like Norway.”
“Yep, you take a look at the Winter Olympics leader-board of the countries that won medals and that is a pretty good list of who Trump wants to have here,” he said. “Norway, check. Canada, check. Netherlands? OK. But we better add Russia.”
Gutierrez, who said he was even willing to go down the the U.S.-Mexico border with bricks and mortar to help build the border wall in exchange for a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, has repeatedly accused the Trump administration of wanting to end legal immigration to the United States from countries with people of color.
Even though Trump reportedly said he also wanted immigrants from Asian countries when he made his “shithole” countries remarks, that has not stopped Gutierrez from accusing Trump of pushing a “pro-European” and “pro-white” immigration agenda.
“If this president is not a racist, then I don’t know who is,” Gutierrez also said this week on National Public Radio (NPR).