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Letter to the editor: Setting record straight on Trump, immigration

August 4, 2018

Columnist Ralph Reiland took President Trump’s statement, “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These are animals.” totally out of context (“Kids in cages: A short step from despotism,” July 10, TribLIVE). The president was replying to a question about MS-13 gangs, not all illegal immigrants. Also, kids are not put in cages; more fake news. Fox News showed children playing soccer and video games, watching TV and eating three meals a day. Trump’s executive order is putting families together.

In 2016, more than 15,000 Americans died from heroin overdoses. More than 90 percent of the heroin in the U.S. comes from the southern border.

On June 22, Trump invited “angel families” -- families separated permanently from their loved ones who were killed by illegal immigrants -- to the White House. “These are the families the media ignores,” he said. He listed these statistics on illegal immigrants: 25,000 arrested for murder, 42,000 for robbery, nearly 70,000 for sex crimes and nearly 15,000 for kidnapping.

Please Google “angel families at the White House June 22.” It will break your heart.

Lou Hoetzlein

Springdale

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