Originally Published in USA Today
Rick Jervis - October 23, 2020
President Donald Trump said Thursday only immigrants with the “lowest IQ” attend their immigration hearings.
His comment came after moderator Kristen Welker asked during the final presidential debate if his administration had plans to reunite the hundreds of children who remain separated from their parents at the border. A recent court filing revealed that parents of 545 immigrant children separated at the border have not been found.
Trump sidestepped the question, instead attacking a policy from President Barack Obama's administration known as “catch-and-release,” where immigrants were released from federal custody to await their court hearings, claiming many of them never showed up.
“Only the really … I hate to say this … those with the lowest IQ, they might come back,” Trump said.
It was reminiscent of the press conference Trump held in 2015 to announce his candidacy for president, in which he said Mexicans coming over the border without documentation are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”