President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration sentiments are well known. Since his campaign, Trump has promised to enact strict anti-immigration policies such as the border wall and increased regulations.
However, his immigration bills have been controversial. Since the beginning of his presidency, policies like the Muslim ban and border wall have been blocked and opposed.
His rhetoric has also caused divides in the population, particularly after he suggested that Mexican immigrants were “rapists” and “criminals” and that Haiti and African nations were “shithole countries.”
Now, he has politicized another tragedy in an attempt to sway voters towards that anti-immigration cause.
On Tuesday, after it was made known publicly that a man suspected of killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson in a suspected drunk driving accident is an undocumented immigrant, President Trump took to Twitter to re-emphasize the argument against immigration.
“So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson,” Trump tweeted. “This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!”
So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2018
The crash that took Jackson’s life on Sunday involved a Ford F-150 that struck him and another man on the side of a highway in Indianapolis. According to CNN, Indiana State Police identified the suspect as Manuel Orrego-Savala, who is a Guatemalan citizen that is illegally in the United States.
Orrego-Savala has a notable history, having been deported from the U.S. twice. He was ejected once in 2007 and again in 2009, CNN reported.
Of course, Trump has a solid track record for repeatedly pointing to crimes allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants as a means to strengthen his calls for increased border security and a crackdown on illegal immigration.
A significant case is that of Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman who was shot and killed in 2015 by an undocumented immigrant. Trump capitalized on the case during his 2016 presidential campaign, using it as an example of reasoning for the increased regulations on immigration.
The man that was responsible for Steinle’s death, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in November but was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Trump reacted very angrily to that verdict on Twitter, deeming the acquittals “a complete travesty of justice.”
The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court. His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
Trump’s immigration-based securities completely outmatch other security concerns, such as those oriented around gun rights and abuses of those rights. While loose gun control in the domestic sphere has resulted in mass tragedies, the focus of the Trump administration continues to lay with immigration control.
H/T: The Hill