Immigrants in Sunset Park, Brooklyn were quick to blame President Trump for the mass shooting that occurred in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.
The shooter had posted a manifesto shortly before the attack took place which said it was in response to an “invasion” of Hispanics coming across the southern border. Residents in the immigrant-heavy Sunset Park told Pix11 News that the president’s rhetoric had caused the shootings.
One community member cited an incident during a Trump rally in Panama City, Florida in which a member of the audience called for shooting migrants at the border and the president made a joke about it.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement had recently attempted arrests in the area and, combined with the hateful rhetoric on Saturday, community members said they felt targeted. “The ICE raids that are happening that are impacting Mexican communities, the president has been really focused on criminalizing us as a community,” said Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, who represents the Brooklyn neighborhood. “And now this? A targeted attack — it’s just too much.” Pix11
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