MSNBC's Soboroff: Trump Deportations Designed to 'Terrorize' Illegals

NewsBusters | 6/19/2019 | Staff
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MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff overreacted to President Trump’s tweet proclaiming that “ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.” According to Soboroff, a desire to invoke fear and cruelty motivated the President’s announcement of this “migrant roundup.”

Appearing on MSNBC Live With Hallie Jackson Tuesday, Soboroff declared, “It isn’t operationally possible to deport millions of people...from this country at a time like this” before asking “why do it?” Soboroff answered his own question by claiming that President Trump announced the impending deportation of millions of illegal immigrants “to terrorize the millions of people that are in this country illegally. There’s no other reason to say you’re going to...round up and deport millions of people when you know you can’t do it unless you’re just trying...to terrify them.”

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Throughout the segment, the panel acted as if the President was specifically targeting Dreamers and parents of U.S. citizens in these deportations despite the fact that his tweet did not specifically say that he would be targeting those groups.

Soboroff appeared to have a hard time distinguishing between illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children and children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents. Soboroff noted that “millions of undocumented people that are living in this country have American children before saying “they’re either dreamers or even younger than the dreamer classified kids.” For the record, the Dreamers were brought to the country as children; since they were not born here, they are not American citizens.

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Maybe Soboroff’s “slip up” was an intentional effort to lump all of the illegal immigrants together in an attempt to confuse the audience. Nowhere in this segment did Jackson, Soboroff, or the other guest, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Elliot Williams mention that...
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