The president of the United States urges Republicans and Democrats to agree after the El Paso and Ohio massacres
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, who plans to address the nation on Monday after the massacres of El Paso (Texas) and Dayton (Ohio), has asked this morning through his Twitter account that legislators approve a reform that hardens the verifications and requirements to buy firearms. Trump, however, linked these hypothetical changes in legislation with immigration reform.
“We cannot allow those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, to die in vain. Nor can the seriously injured. We can never forget them, nor those who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must unite and achieve strong background checks [to buy weapons], perhaps joining this legislation with the desperately needed immigration reform. We must get something good, if not big, out of these two tragic events, “Trump wrote on Twitter. Then he has lashed out again against the media and alleged “fake news.” “The news coverage must begin to be fair, balanced and impartial, or these terrible problems will only get worse!” The El Paso massacre has unleashed criticism against Trump for encouraging xenophobia with his attacks on migrants.
El Paso, where Patrick Wood Crusius shot dead 20 people after allegedly publishing a manifesto against the Hispanic “invasion”, has been for months one of the key places in the immigration debate and the Trump Administration has turned the city into Incarnation of the border in crisis. Trump’s policy opponents have denounced the conditions in crowded detention centers in the area and have also pointed to the crisis in Ciudad Juarez, where thousands of asylum seekers have been sent to await the results of their procedures.
El Paso has experienced the largest increase in the statistics of migrant detentions until June, compared to the same period last year. Particularly striking have been family arrests, a total of 117,612 compared to 6,326 in the same period of 2017. The population of the city is overwhelmingly Hispanic and the majority of residents are US citizens, according to Data USA. The residents of Ciudad Juárez often visit the shopping center where the massacre took place this Saturday.
Texas, of which El Paso is a part, has recently relaxed some restrictions on the possession of weapons. This year, according to the Texas State Rifle Association, Governor Greg Abbott has signed 10 laws passed by lawmakers that reduce controls at schools, businesses and places of worship.