The Indian city of Hyderabad is looking to clear some 6,000 beggars off the streets and hide them away ahead of Ivanka Trump’s visit later this month.
According to Fox News, Hyderabad police announced their plan earlier this week, as well as announced that begging would be outlawed until early January next year. According to Hyderabad Police Commissioner M. Mahendar Reddy, the amount of begging going on in the town was becoming a danger.
“Such acts are causing annoyance and awkwardness by exposing in an indecent manner to divert the attention of the vehicular traffic as well as pedestrians and public, in general, to induce them to give alms,” the city’s police force said in a notice. “These acts are dangerous to the safety of the vehicular traffic and public in general.”
And apparently unsightly for a member of the Trump family to see on her visit to India for the — oddly named, given the aforementioned actions being taken — “Women First, Prosperity for All” summit, alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.:
City officials also said they want the president’s daughter and other dignitaries visiting the city for the summit to get the best picture of Hyderabad in case they decide to do some sightseeing. So far, police have already rounded up 400 beggars and sent them to a rehabilitation center at Chanchalguda Central Jail in Hyderabad.
But if you think this is something India just does for a Trump, guess again. Hyderabad removed the homeless from their streets ahead of then-President Bill Clinton’s visit in 2000.
Democrats have pulled the same tactic here in the U.S. as well, given, in a less official capacity. In order to keep up appearances, a non-profit called “Colorado for the Homeless” gave people sleeping in the parks and sidewalks movie tickets to get them out of sight when Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2008.