President Donald Trump made fun of asylum seekers and the lawyers who advise them at his rally in Michigan Thursday night, calling the process a “big fat con job.”
“They are all met by the lawyers and they say ‘say the following phrase: I am very afraid for my life,'” he said of the attorneys who help asylum seekers understand the application process.
“And then I look at the guy. He looks like he just got out of the ring. He’s a heavyweight champion of the world,” he continued, referring to a hypothetical asylum seeker.
“It’s a big fat con job, folks,” Trump added.
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Most asylum seekers are fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, but Trump has frequently made them a target and painted them as unsavory characters who lie about their desperation to infiltrate the United States.