Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scorching President Donald Trump’s campaign against illegal immigration and work toward border security, ripping it as “xenophobic” and “un-American” in a speech in Miami, Politico reported.
“The American story and the American dream are under attack by our own American president,” the billionaire told an Americans for Immigrant Justice fundraiser, per the report. “Hard as it is to believe, the most xenophobic president of our lifetime is from the immigrant capital of the United States – New York City.”
Bloomberg’s divisive rhetoric is directed at the president as he weighs his own 2020 presidential campaign of his own against President Trump.
“From the day he announced his campaign, Donald Trump has never stopped trying to scapegoat immigrants,” Bloomberg told the fundraiser, per Politico. “It is Mexicans and Central Americans today, but it could just as easily be Cubans or Lithuanians tomorrow . . . My family. Your family.”
President Trump’s 2020 campaign struck back at Bloomberg’s criticism of the president’s work to protect America’s borders and give preference to legal immigration.
“Mike Bloomberg and his left-wing allies’ attempt to paint anyone seeking secure borders with insults and attacks shows just how out of touch they are with the American people,” the campaign wrote in a statement, per Politico.
Bloomberg ripped the Trump administration’s work at attempting to curb child smuggling through a controversial border separation policy as “un-American.”
“It would be hard to imagine a more un-American policy than that and we should never stand for it,” Bloomberg said, per Politico.
“. . . Unfortunately, children at the border are not the only young people affected by the president’s xenophobia. Foreign student enrollment in the United States declined again last year, because many young people fear they won’t be welcome here. Those students are choosing places like Montreal over Miami and we are losing out on the talent we need for the future.”
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