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President Trump Is Pushing Idea That MS-13 Is A Big National Threat

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This week, the White House has been dealing with the ongoing Russian investigation, a revised health care bill, a new communications director, the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer and the possible firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. However, in the midst of this government tumult, President Donald Trump cannot stop talking about the Salvadorian gang MS-13.

Trump, who tweeted this statement out earlier today, could be doing it to deflect attention from his embattled administration. It’s a tactic that he appears to employ often. For example, yesterday Trump tweeted that transgender people will no longer be able to serve in the military. He didn’t give any more information about it. The U.S. Joint Chiefs were not given notice about the ban. Trump just sent out a tweet and that was the end of it.

Trump’s statements on MS-13 are being interpreted by some as a tactic to control the narrative about his administration.

Although MS-13 is a violent gang with thousands of members, Trump’s statements appear to imply that they are a significant source of this country’s violence. Painting the gang as a “widely known scourge,” as journalist Adrian Carrasquillo described it, gives the Trump administration a clear “enemy” that they can battle against.

Earlier this week, Trump lumped undocumented immigrants and MS-13 gang members together at a rally in Ohio, saying “illegal gang members” were “animals.”

“And you’ve seen the stories about some of these animals. They don’t want to use guns, because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough. So they’ll take a young, beautiful girl—16, 15 and others—and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die. And these are the animals that we’ve been protecting for so long. Well, they’re not being protected anymore, folks.”

We do know that the number of deportations has increased since Trump became president. But out of that increase, it has not been made clear how many of them are actual criminals, murderers, rapists, drug dealers or MS-13 gang members.

Attorney General Sessions, who may or may not be out of work soon, has been somewhat laying low — at least in regards to his job. But one thing we do know about Sessions is that he’s always been “tough” on crime, especially when the culprits are Latinos. According to NPR, Sessions once claimed MS-13 was smuggling gang members into the U.S. as “unaccompanied minors.” American University research fellow Hector Silva Avalos told NPR there was no proof to back up Sessions’ statement. Sessions is in El Salvador right now, most likely working on Trump’s promise to “make America safe again.” Because if they can’t accomplish this, the Trump administration may continue to get criticism for not passing any major legislation for the last six months.

The Hill is reporting that Sessions is meeting with El Salvador’s Attorney General Douglas Meléndez and other authorities to discuss ways to eliminate MS-13. It should be mention that Sessions will supposedly be in the same room with former MS-13 gang members.

The Trump Administration announced the recent arrest of nearly 600 gang members by El Salvador’s government.

The Trump administration’s rhetoric about a supposed rising threat from MS-13 in the U.S. isn’t backed by statistics. For starters, violence has decreased considerably since the ’90s, despite a recent overall increase.

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Darrel Stephens, executive director of Major Cities Chiefs Association, told Time Magazine that it’s too soon to tell if our current increase in violence will be a trend because it takes criminologists about three to five years of data to get an overall picture.

“We’ve had at least two years running now where there’s been an increase in 35 to 45 major cities,” Stephens tells Time. “It’s a major issue and should be in the cities where it’s taking place. But it’s not anywhere near the kind of violence that we had in the 1990s.”

The chart above shows that violence has increased in major parts of middle America, which aren’t usually areas with very large populations of Latino immigrants.

The American Immigration Council, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, also reports that “immigrants are less likely to be criminals than the native-born.”

“The evidence that immigrants tend not to be criminals is overwhelming,” reports The American Immigration Council. “To begin with, there is an inverse relationship between crime and immigration. Crime rates in the United States have trended downward for many years at the same time that the number of immigrants has grown. Second, immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than the native-born. And, third, immigrants are less likely than the native-born to engage in the criminal behaviors that tend to land one in prison. No matter how you look at the issue, the inescapable conclusion is that immigrants are, on average, less prone to criminality than the U.S. native-born population.”

But it appears that’s not what Trump would have you believe.

READ: Could the U.S. be Blamed for Gang Violence in El Salvador?

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Trump Uses His Reelection Campaign To Call For The Mass Deportation Of Millions Of Migrants To Whip Up His Base Since His Record Won’t Get Him Reelected

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Trump Uses His Reelection Campaign To Call For The Mass Deportation Of Millions Of Migrants To Whip Up His Base Since His Record Won’t Get Him Reelected

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President Trump Monday night, less than 24 hours before he officially kicks off his re-election campaign, leaked shocking details of a secret U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that has been in the planning stages for months.

Trump said in a tweet that starting next week, ICE will remove “millions” of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally.

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In a series of tweets Monday night, President Donald Trump threatened mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and said they could happen as soon as next week.

The posts from Trump signaled that a shelved plan for raids in major cities, an idea challenged by former administration officials, could be back on.

This is the first of Trump’s announcements, and like so much else, he made it on Twitter.

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In a report from the Washington Post, Kirsten Nielsen was forced to resign from her post as DHS Secretary because of her hesitancy to move forward with the plan the president announced on Monday.

Last year, the government had already begun processing deportation orders for thousands of undocumented families, but Nielsen and others were worried about the complications of these orders. So Trump replaced them.

Trump, his top immigration adviser Stephen Miller, and other supporters of the plan, which will largely affect families, reportedly want to send a message to any migrants considering crossing the border. Deterrence was also the driving force behind the administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The mass arrests the president says will

begin next week could result in the splitting up of thousands of families who have been living in the United States for years, if not decades.

The consequences of such a plan could have devastating effects on tens of thousands of families.

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The Post paints a grim picture of what the operation could look like: “Should adults be arrested without their children because they are at school, day care, summer camp or a friend’s house, it is possible parents could be deported while their children are left behind.”

In fact, according to some experts family separation is equivalent in trauma to several forms of physical and emotional abuse.

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The government has claimed the deportations would be carried out with “with compassion and humanity.” But promises to carry out deportations in a compassionate way have never come to fruition, despite similar claims from numerous administrations: There’s no kind way to uproot someone’s life against their will, and no nice method for sending a person back to a dangerous situation. And there’s definitely no nice way of tearing children from their mothers and fathers.

Trump’s announcement seems to not only surprise the public but his own government as well.

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The curious thing about the president’s tweets Monday night is that deportation raids typically aren’t announced ahead of time, as the element of surprise is often crucial. ICE officials were reportedly unaware that Trump planned to tweet about the arrests and the agency was “stunned” that Trump announced the plan on Twitter.

Many pointed out that announcement was made on the eve of Trump’s kick-off of his reelection campaign on Tuesday.

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I mean why else would Trump jump the gun and compromise the deportation plan? Look no further than his tweet Tuesday morning — as well as several others from the past few days — teasing his big rally in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday night, during which he will officially relaunch his re-election campaign. Announcing a big crackdown on undocumented immigrants is a pretty juicy piece of red meat for Trump to throw to his supporters. The president apparently couldn’t resist.

The reactions on Twitter have been swift.

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To many, the cruelty is shocking but many realize that the cruelty is the point.

Some have called total BS on many of the government’s supposed ‘pro-life’ stances.

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Like seriously, you can’t call yourself pro-life and then go above and beyond to ruin the lives of thousands of families.

While some on Twitter wanted to point out the shocking levels of hipocrisy coming from the President.

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His own wife would be a target of his new immigration enforcement policies.

Many on Twitter asked “what can we do to help?”

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Many followed up with tips of keeping the pressure on your government representatives on a daily basis. Getting your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.

And one group that provides legal services to immigrants was quick to remind people of their rights during these scary times.

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In what’s sure to be a frightening time for undocumented immigrants, RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants, was quick to remind people of their rights. If ICE raids your workplace, the group noted in a tweet responding to Trump, you don’t have to speak, you do have the right to a lawyer, and you don’t have to sign any documents.

White Couple Goes Home Shirtless After They Tried To Come For Latinos By Calling Them ‘Beaners’ During Road Rage Incident

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White Couple Goes Home Shirtless After They Tried To Come For Latinos By Calling Them ‘Beaners’ During Road Rage Incident

We’ve all experienced road rage at least once in our lifetime. If you commute every day, then it’s probably more of a daily occurrence. The way you choose to deal with the road rage could result in damage to your mental state, to your car, or the other driver. We’ve seen countless of stories in which a simple case of road rage can turn deadly, or plain ugly.

A white couple pulled over to confront a Latino couple in a terrible case of road rage where things escalated quickly.

We’re not sure what transpired before the passengers in the video began recording. What is clear is that the white couple pulled ahead of them (on the freeway), stopped the car and began to come at the Latino family aggressively.

You can hear the passengers calling the police way before the white couple even steps out of the car.

The white woman approached the Latino family and it seemed things only got worse after the white lady referred to them as “beaners.”

That is when all hell broke loose. It’s as if the white couple had no idea that this Latino couple would retaliate against them, and did they ever.

The white couple backed off only after the Latino couple went after them physically after calling them beaners.

This is a new fighting tactic we have never seen, at least when it comes to road rage. The Latino couple was not going to let the other family get away without a proper fight.

Here’s how people on social media reacted to the instance of racism that led to this point.

So it’s officially true: women have the first and last word, always.

The white couple sure had a loud bark but not much of a bite.

The fear was clear once they got close enough to see who was in the car. Before that, it was clear that the first couple to get out of the car was ready to throw down.

Whoever was recording could be the next Martin Scorsese.

The 911 operator was trying his best to find out what was going on but it is hard to understand the person giving directions.

When you get pushed to the edge so often, you will break at some point.

At least they have a recording that proves the other couple started it.

In the end, people on social media are siding with the Latino family caught up in the road rage incident.

Violence is never the answer but it is important to be ready to defend yourself. Honestly. this father was ready to defend his family.

A lot of people saw the whole situation as a no-win situation given the current state of our government and distrust in police.

That is why we have to keep recording at all times.

Here’s the entire video below.

What would you have done in this situation?

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