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Trump Scapegoats Unauthorized Immigrants for Crime

The president’s focus on crimes committed by members of one particular group singles them out for blame.
Source: Jim Lo Scalzo / Reuters

This story was updated on Wednesday, March 1 at 10:06 a.m.

Donald Trump is worried about violence by unauthorized immigrants. When he spoke before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, he invited three relatives of people that unauthorized immigrants had killed to attend as his guests.

In that speech, he called for the Department of Homeland Security to create an office focused on the victims of immigrant crime. And in a January 25 executive order, he instructed the Homeland Security Secretary to “make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens.”

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