Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his widely criticized comments about immigration by suggesting that people crossing the border illegally into the United States are “destroying the blood of our country.”

“They dump them on the border, and they pour into our country, and nobody said to check them,” Trump said at a campaign event in Waterloo, Iowa.

“They’re destroying the blood of our country. That’s what they’re doing. They’re destroying our country.”

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