Donald Trump defends anti-immigrant video that blames Democrats

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Cop-killing illegal immigrant Luis Bracamontes stars in a web video from January that President Trump tweeted Thursday.

Trump is supporting Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen.

The 53-second video released Wednesday evening remains pinned to the top of the president's popular Twitter feed. And the video claimed "Democrats let him into our country" and "Democrats let him say".

Horton was a convicted murderer who went on a crime spree while on furlough from prison under a program supported by Dukakis, then governor of MA.

President Donald Trump has pushed the boundaries of campaign finance rules with a controversial new video that accuses Democrats of blindly opening US borders to undocumented immigrants, even those who kill police officers.

At another, it asks, "WHO ELSE WOULD DEMOCRATS LET IN?", stoking fears that the migrant caravan on its way from Central America, and other people crossing the border with Mexico, are barbarians shuffling toward the gate.

The video was reminiscent of the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist advertisement.

After Bracamontes was arrested for killing the police officers, Arpaio noted that he was "booked into the jails I run for drug-related convictions", but added that "h$3 e was evidently turned over to ICE and had been deported on two occasions". And Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., seeking re-election in a Democratic-leaning South Florida district, said he'd not seen the video but criticized Trump's use of it. It includes scenes of a migrant caravan moving toward the USA, warning ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?" and suggesting that more violence would soon penetrate the border.

Trump had a meeting on election security Thursday with FBI Director Chris Wray, members of the Justice Department, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen (KEER'-sten) Nielsen and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats.

President Donald Trump says his administration has spent a lot of time, money and effort to make sure that Tuesday's midterm elections are "perfect and safe" in contrast to the Russian meddling that intelligence agencies said occurred during the 2016 presidential election.

"This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst", Perez said on CNN. The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He was sentenced to death in April this year.

Trump has long promoted the alleged danger presented by those living in the country illegally, although statistics show they do not commit crimes at a higher rate than citizens.