Jonathan Capehart On Mississippi ICE Raids: "The Cruelty Is The Point Here"

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Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart reacted to massive immigration raids which took place Wednesday in Mississippi on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," calling the arrests
"cruel" and "inhumane."

JONATHAN CAPEHART, WASHINGTON POST: The cruelty is the point here. The idea, to Elise’s point, that they would use 600 ICE agents to arrest more than 600 people, and have no plan for the children who are left behind, on the first day of school, is -- there are no words for it.



It’s cruel. It’s inhumane. It's not who I thought we were as a country.

I mean, Willie, we’ve been talking about this stuff now, as you said, for four years, and some months, and you know, there is a sense -- and I’ve said this before -- just as an African-American, I feel a sense of menace in this country growing since June 16, 2015, when he came down that escalator and made the first telegraphed message that, quote, 'Mexicans are rapists.'

I mean, I’ve lost all words of reaction to what this president is doing to this country, to people. Elise is right, the Latino community literally had a target on its back, and the president can’t, for a minute, put aside his petty grievances and -- and grow a thick enough skin to think about other people.

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