CNBC analyst: Trump immigration proposals feel like 'ethnic cleansing'

CNBC senior analyst and commentator Ron Insana on Friday said President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE's immigration policies make it feel "like there's a little ethnic cleansing going on" during an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning.

The commentary from the former CNBC "Street Signs" host comes one week after the White House indicated it would support a proposal allowing 1.8 million young immigrants an eventual path to becoming U.S. citizens.

In exchange, the White House asked for funding for a southern border wall and major changes to the immigration system.


MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle cited a piece in the Chicago Tribune on Miguel Perez Jr., an army veteran and green card holder facing possible deportation after a felony drug conviction.

“I want to put a face on where this is now,” she said. “An Army veteran, a green card holder who has been in the United States since he was 8 years old, is facing deportation because of a felony drug conviction,” Ruhle said before Insana's comment.

Insana, a 27-year veteran of the financial news network, responded that this "disturbed" him.

“I hesitate to use this expression, but it almost feels like there's a little ethnic cleansing going on in the United States right now," Insana said in reaction. "Insofar of people of color are in danger here and this is something that disturbs me greatly."

"Doesn't that blow your mind that we're even saying that?" asked Ruhle.

"It is. I've been saying this for a long time," Dr. Jason Johnson, a politics editor for The Root, added. "It is a white nationalist agenda. If you listen to what Richard Spencer, Stephen Miller, Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaGreitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP YouTube bans Sebastian Gorka's channel after repeated violations Lou Dobbs retweets supporters blasting decision to cancel show MORE are saying, when the president says 'I don't want people from excrement-hole-countries but I want people from Norway,' that's the only way you interpret it."

“Their goal is to make America inhospitable for people of color and make them leave and prevent other people from coming in," Johnson added.

On Tuesday night, Trump said in his State of the Union address that he would make an effort to work with Republicans and Democrats to reach a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will be phased out on March 5.