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White House press secretary uses high school rape case to justify Trump’s harsh immigration policy

By WITW Staff on March 22, 2017

In a press briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, drew attention to a rape case involving an undocumented immigrant as an example of why the Trump administration was firm in its commitment to a “crackdown” on illegal immigration. It was cases like these, Spicer said, that could be dealt with and even prevented by the  Victims of Immigration Crime Enforcement, an office proposed by President Trump earlier this month.

The alleged crime took place last week at a Maryland high school and involved two students, Jose O. Montano, 17, and Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, the latter of whom immigration officials suggest was living in the United States illegally. According to police, the two suspects forced a 14-year-old girl at Rockville High School into the boy’s bathroom and raped her in one of the stalls. Both suspects were arrested at school later that day.

When a local television reporter asked Spicer whether the case, which was reported extensively by local news stations in Washington, had led President Trump to want to issue an executive order that would allow public schools to refuse entry to undocumented immigrants, Spicer replied, “The president recognizes that education is a state-run and a local-run issue, but I think it is — it is cause for concern, what happened there.”

“I think part of the reason the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this,” he continued. “Immigration pays its toll on our people if it’s done — if it’s not done legally. And this is another example, and it’s why the president is so passionate about this.”

Although authorities cannot comment on Montano’s immigration status since he is a minor, Sanchez had a detainer placed on him by immigration officials, who deemed he was “suspected of being deportable.” This will ultimately allow them to take him into custody.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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