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California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters has made another round of truly mind-blowingly false comments.
During an interview Monday on MSNBC’s “Alex Witt Reports,” the California Democrat claimed that Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border are not treated “as human beings” because they are black.
The comments from Waters come after roughly 10,000 Haitian migrants were apprehended at America’s southern border.
Below is a transcript, via Grabien:
WITT: Joining me now, California congressman Maxine Waters, chair of the house financial services committee. Thank you so much for joining me, I’m awfully glad to have my fellow California girl. Let’s talk about these images of border patrol officers on horseback correlating to the Haitian migrants. It has drawn outrage across the country, including from you. You said at a press conference last week that the way the Haitian migrants are being treated at the border, quote, take us back hundreds of years. Since you said that, have you seen any improvement in how things are being handled in the days after it’s happened?
WATERS: Well, let me just say that those images were shocking. And for those of us who have been fighting for so many years for justice and freedom for all in dealing with what can be done to make up for the past, all of that, just absolutely shocked us. Those images were such that the Biden administration would have to condemn those images. And we know that this is a complicated situation. But to have our border patrol on horses, chasing down human beings who are fleeing a country that is violent, where you just had the assassination of a president, where people are afraid that they can’t live there, that they can’t be safe. And so we’ve got to deal with this situation. I think it’s being handled incorrectly now. I think that first of all we should honor the constitution and allow those people who are seeking to come into the country, according to our constitution, to be able to give their story, and we will make a decision about whether or not they’re eligible to enter. And so, you know, without even thinking twice about it, we know what is happening in Haiti. We know about the violence. We know about the gangs. We know about corruption. So to automatically just send people back, some of whom have never even been there, who are coming from other places, is just unacceptable. And so I think what we should have been doing is we should have been, number one, vaccinating all of those who are under the bridge. We’re involved in an international effort to make sure that everybody gets vaccinated. They should have done that. And they should treat them like they’re treating the afghans. We’re bringing afghans by the thousands into the country and they deserve to be brought in because they assisted us in the war. That’s how they should be treating the Haitians, bringing in those who are eligible, vaccinating, and making sure that we’re not simply trying to drive them back with our border patrol on horses, with their reins, looking at if they’re beating them.
WITT: It was horrific to look at, and I frankly don’t want to see those videos again played on our broadcast during this interview. You mentioned the afghan refugees, those coming into our country. Why the different approach to them versus the Haitians? I know there are those that have the specialties, they’re coming in because they assisted the United States during this 20-year war, totally makes sense. Is there more to it, the difference between these two approaches?
WATERS: Let me just say this, that Haitians have been the victims of, you know, not only our country but Canada, France, for years, historically. They’re black, they’re poor. It’s the poorest country in the hemisphere. They have been exploited. And it continues all the time. They are not — it does not appear that they are seen in the same way that they see others. Haitians have been the victims because they were the first country to fight off, you know, the repression of France. And of course, France has made them pay a big price for it. Yes, I think they’re treated differently because they’re black, because they’re Haitians, and because traditionally they have not been treated as human beings.