Trump Ad Convicted Cop-Murderer Came to U.S. Under Bush and Used AR-15 Republicans Refuse to Ban

A new racially-charged ad released by President Donald Trump and the Republican Party on Wednesday featured a convicted cop-killer who was in the United States illegally. The man, Luis Bracamontes, was convicted in February and sentenced to death in April for the murder of two California deputies in October 2014.

The president’s new ad, which remained pinned to the top of his Twitter profile as of Thursday, claimed that “Democrats let him into the country,” and “Democrats let him stay.”

Trump further encouraged those who saw the video to “vote Republican now!” because it was “outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our country.”

But Bracamontes, in fact, returned to the country under the watch of Republican and Democratic administrations, and remained in America under both Republicans and Democrats. 

After being deported by President Bill Clinton and again by President George W. Bush, Bracamontes reportedly returned to the U.S. illegally his final time under Bush where he remained until the 2014 shooting of the two sheriff’s deputies.

In addition, the president’s ad fails to mention that Bracamontes used an AR-15 assault rifle to murder the two deputies, a popular weapon of choice for mass shooters and one that Republicans, Trump included, do not support banning.

The man accused of murdering 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last week, who critics say was inspired by the kind of racially-dividing rhetoric that the President and the GOP support in campaign advertisements like the one featuring Bracamontes, was also armed with an AR-15 rifle.

The ad is part of a strategy by the president of stoking racial fears in voters ahead of the midterm elections next week. The president has succeeded in framing immigration as a crisis and has repeatedly dehumanized or sought to punish immigrants, particularly those of different races -- most recently when he labeled a group of Central American asylum-seekers as a "caravan," a phrase that has been uncritically repeated since. 

He has sought to blame his political opposition not only for all illegal immigration, but for his own policy of punitively separating families, and jailing their children, as they apply for immigration rights. 

Bracamontes, used by the President and the Republican party to bolster their repeated claims that immigrants are criminals, was deported from Phoenix, Arizona, to Mexico in 1997 under Clinton for charges involving drug possessions and sales.

The Sacramento Bee reported Bracamontes was then again arrested for drug-related charges in 1998 in Phoenix. The Bee reported Bracamontes was released by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio “for reasons unknown.”

Arpaio, a Republican, is an immigration hardliner and Trump supporter who was once pardoned by the president for being convicted of criminal contempt of court. 

Arpaio told NPR in November 2014 that Bracamontes was arrested four times in Arizona from 1996 to 2001, causing him to raise doubt whether Bracamontes was deported by federal officials after each arrest. 

“I don't know how many times he was arrested and slipped through the cracks,” Arpaio said. “It's my gut feeling it wasn't just two times he's been deported.”

Bracamontes was again deported in May 2001 under Bush after he was arrested on marijuana charges in Maricopa County, according to The Bee.

Officials seem to be unsure of when Bracamontes exactly came back into the U.S., but multiple reports show he married a U.S. citizen, Janelle Monroy, in Maricopa County in February 2002. That meant Bracamontes would have re-entered the country under Bush. He reportedly remained living in Salt Lake City, Utah, until 2014 when he and his wife, who later became his co-defendant, killed two deputies in the Sacramento-area in October 2014.

The series of events means that Bracamontes, a convicted felon, had re-entered the country illegally multiple times, both under Republican and Democratic presidents.

He is currently on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California, according to The Bee.

Cop-Killer, Immigrant Illegally Came Back to U.S. Under Bush President Donald Trump speaks on immigration in the South Court Auditorium, next to the White House on June 22 in Washington, D.C., next to people holding posters of victims allegedly killed by illegal immigrants. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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