Donald Trump says mass shootings must result in "desperately needed immigration reform"
A controversial statement from the US President.
Donald Trump has said that the recent mass shootings that took place in America over the weekend, must result in "desperately needed immigration reform".
In a series of Tweets posted on Monday morning, Trump began by paying tribute to those affected by the shooting, saying: "We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded. We can never forget them, and those many who came before them."
He then proceeded to say that Democrats and Republicans must come together and "get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform."
You can see the tweets here:
....this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019
The tweets have been criticised, especially due to the nature of the El Paso shooting, which was seemingly an anti-immigrant attack according to a manifesto posted online by the suspected shooter.
An estimated 83% of people from El Paso County are Hispanic or Latino according to the 2018 census.
Trump has since shifted some of the blame to the media as well, tweeting "The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country.
"Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse!"