President Trump took to Twitter this Tuesday morning.
The Obama administration is (according to Trump) responsible for gang violence in the United States. Perhaps Trump should form his own policies now that he’s actually in the White House, but no, he’s just going to stay hyperfixated on Obama, like he’s been ever since he led the ridiculous push to prove that Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning, “The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!”
The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2017
There is, quite simply, no substantive evidence to link the immigration policies of the Obama administration to gang violence in the United States carried out by illegal immigrants. Trump inherited a country in which illegal immigration was on the downswing. All he’s done is waste federal money on efforts to build an irrelevant wall along the U.S./ Mexico border and to deport people who pose no immediate threat to the United States whatsoever.
Some of those people have had their families ripped apart by Trump’s deportation forces, including one notable case of a Trump supporter whose husband was recently deported to Mexico.
Meanwhile, the people who Trump came into office promising to make their lives a fairy tale land continue to struggle with the same economic issues that afflicted them before Trump became president. Instead of bolstering social infrastructure programs such as Medicaid, Trump and his cronies want to do away with those things so that funds can be gathered to build a border wall, while Trump live-tweets the whole thing.
The MS-13 gang, as POLITICO reports, was formed by Salvadorans fleeing that country’s civil war in the 1980s. As POLITICO also reports, the FBI estimated in 2008 that the gang had spread to at least 42 states and Washington, D.C.
The MS-13 gang has been in the news lately on account of their suspected culpability in a number of recent murders in New York City. Trump’s tweet doesn’t help the ongoing investigation into those murders.
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