Trump Says Hurricane Refugees Fleeing Bahamas May Be ‘Very Bad People’

The amorphous threat posed by foreign gangs has always loomed large in Donald Trump’s mind and has been used by the president as a justification for his draconian immigration policies. These famously include separating families at the border and, of course, his Quixotic mission to Build The Wall.

But Trump has now gone beyond discriminating against those fleeing violence and poverty and is apparently cracking down on refugees fleeing natural disasters, which currently includes residents of the Bahamas who are fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.

In one of his off-the-cuff helicopter-side news conferences on Monday Trump defended restricting travel from the Bahamas by rambling about the dangers of “very bad people” including gang members potentially entering the US from the Bahamas, without providing any evidence of an actual threat. Trump said:

“We have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation because the Bahamas had some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren’t supposed to be there. I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States…including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers.”

We can put aside the fact that Trump’s statements impugning the character of the hurricane victims are in gallingly bad taste, since that’s par for the course for our insult comic Commander-in-Chief. What’s more noteworthy is the fact that Trump’s comments seem baseless along with the sheer sadism on display in the wake of a deadly disaster.

There’s currently a great deal of confusion on the matter after Bahamians attempting to travel to Florida last weekend were told to disembark from a ferry if they didn’t have visas. This is apparently not normal and indicates a rule change.

While Acting Commissioner of Customs And Border Patrol (CBP) Mark Morgan made a statement in response to the incident saying: “We will accept anyone on humanitarian reasons that needs to come here,” Trump’s comments tell a different story.