Trump Uses Grieving Black Parents To Further His Anti-Immigrant Agenda

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“For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have caused the loss of many innocent lives.”

President Donald Trump may have not veered off-script during his first State of the Union address or made disparaging remarks against certain countries and their people, but his comments on ending family reunification programs and the fact he used the tragic deaths of two young African-American girls to push his anti-immigrants stance created quite a stir.

In his address, the president brought up the atrocities committed by the MS-13 gang, claiming his administration has put “thousands and thousands and thousands” of its members in prison or on deportation flights — even though there’s no data to prove that.

The reality TV star-turned-politician invited to the SOTU the parents of two black teenagers who were murdered by members of MS-13.

President Trump

“Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers: Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters, Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, were close friends on Long Island,” he began. “But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa's 16th birthday, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown.”

According to reports, at least six gang members have been charged with the horrendous crime.

“Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors and wound up in Kayla and Nisa's high school,” Trump continued.

Although his words reminded the country of the unbearable tragedy those poor parents had to go through, in the same breath, he not only politicized the girls' murders but actually used their grieving families to shamelessly reiterate his anti-immigration stance.

It is also important to note that Trump’s subtle reference to DREAMers, the nearly 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, insinuated he believed all of them could be gang members.

Also, for those unaware, the MS-13 gang was born in Los Angeles in the 1980s. It was started by refugees created from Central American wars that were considerably fueled by American intervention, as The Washington Post noted last year.

“Central American civil war refugees in response to harassment by more established local gangs, they became a far more violent group in the crucible of the California prison system,” the report said.

Union address in Washington

The commander-in-chief then called on both the Republicans and the Democrats to support his new immigration reform proposal, which he dubbed a “fair compromise,” before explaining its four pillars:

1. Offering a path to citizenship for 1.8 million DREAMers who were brought to the United States at a young age.

“Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States,” Trump elaborated, trying to do some damage control after creating the whole mess in the first place.

2. Increased border security, which means building a “big, beautiful” wall on the U.S.-Mexico border hiring more immigration officers to stop immigrants from crossing the border.

“Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country — and it finally ends the dangerous practice of ‘catch and release,’” he added.

As Trump forgot to mention, border arrests have reportedly dropped sharply over the last decade.

3. Ending the visa lottery program and move toward a merit-based immigration system.

“It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country,” the president said.

4. Ending family reunification program, more commonly known as chain migration.

“Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children,” Trump continued, amid loud jeers and boos from the crowd. “This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.”

Needless to say, social media users did not waste time calling Trump out on his remarks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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