With Racist Attacks On Immigrants, Trump Bolsters MS-13 Gang
Racist Attacks On Immigrants, Trump Bolsters MS-13 Gang
Trump’s rhetoric around MS-13 and immigration is not only racist.
It makes the jobs of real law enforcement officials more difficult, according to Chuck Rosenberg.
A former FBI agent and former head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Trump’s whole approach to MS-13, a gang with origins in southern California that has since spread to El Salvador and Honduras.
Is “inflexible and clumsy, based on stereotypes rather than facts,” says Rosenberg.
Trump’s ill-informed bluster, contrary to his stated goals, is really just strengthening gangs like MS-13.
Rosenberg laid out his case in USA TODAY.
The president’s focus on MS-13 is political and undermines efforts to counter it.
Former MS-13 members have warned that his constant references to the gang have given it visibility and free advertising.
Enabling it to recruit and metastasize.
Trump’s racism is not just bigoted; it’s a recruitment tool for a violent gang.
In the past, Trump has called immigrants “animals,” and referred to Haiti and nations in Africa as “shithole countries.”
His racism was evident from the moment he announced his White House bid, when he referred to Mexicans as criminals and rapists. Trump diligently links immigrants to MS-13, eliciting a mix of fear and xenophobia.