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Trump's Pick for ICE Director: I Can Tell Which Migrant Children Will Become Gang Members by Looking in Their Eyes
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49824"><span class="small">Matt Stieb, New York Magazine</span></a>   
Friday, 17 May 2019 08:11

Stieb writes: "Trump-administration officials, or ex-officials hoping to squeeze their way into the White House, have long used television as a means to directly contact the president, who is reported to watch up to eight hours a day. The strategy seems to have paid off for former Border Patrol head Mark Morgan."

President Donald Trump chose Mark Morgan, an Obama-era Border Patrol chief known for his bullish support of the president's border wall, to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (photo: Cliff Owen/AP)
President Donald Trump chose Mark Morgan, an Obama-era Border Patrol chief known for his bullish support of the president's border wall, to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (photo: Cliff Owen/AP)


Trump's Pick for ICE Director: I Can Tell Which Migrant Children Will Become Gang Members by Looking in Their Eyes

By Matt Stieb, New York Magazine

17 May 19

 

rump-administration officials, or ex-officials hoping to squeeze their way into the White House, have long used television as a means to directly contact the president, who is reported to watch up to eight hours a day. The strategy seems to have paid off for former Border Patrol head Mark Morgan: Five months into the year, he has already appeared on Fox News and its affiliate Fox Business Networks 80 times, where his support of a southern border wall may have helped earn him a surprise nomination for director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in early May.

Of the wealth of Morgan’s quotes calling for immigration restrictions and a southern border wall, one from a Fox News appearance on January 14 immediately stands out as his oddest statement on child migrants. “I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, 17 or under,” Morgan told host Tucker Carlson. “I’ve looked at them — and I’ve looked at their eyes, Tucker — and I’ve said, ‘That is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member.’ It’s unequivocal.”

The quote, dredged up by HuffPost, the media-monitoring site TV Eyes, and the Democratic PAC American Bridge, aligns with at least one impression the president holds of migrant children. On Long Island last May, Trump said unaccompanied minors have “exploited the loopholes in our laws to enter the country.” He added, “They look so innocent. They’re not innocent.” Morgan expressed similar, if less supernatural, views on undocumented minors in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in April. “MS-13 is one of the most violent and prolific transnational gangs the U.S. [has] ever seen,” Morgan said in his prepared testimony. “And the influx of minors into the country through the current crisis will provide them with unlimited vulnerable prospects.”

While MS-13 has certainly committed horrifically violent crimes, as ProPublica’s Hannah Dreier notes, “MS-13 is not the largest, the most violent, or the fastest-growing gang.” A survey conducted by police in New York’s Suffolk County found that only a quarter of local MS-13 members came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors. The Trump administration tends to overstate the relationship between undocumented migrants and crime. According to a joint study from the Marshall Project and the New York Times, a local increase in undocumented migrants shows no correlation with an increase in area crime.

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+1 # MikeAF48 2019-05-17 09:14
Where is that secret service lap top that came up missing sometime in early 2017 was it ever found?
 
 
+2 # Robbee 2019-05-17 10:00
Trump's Pick for ICE Director: I Can Tell Which Migrant Children Will Become Gang Members by Looking in Their Eyes
By Matt Stieb, New York Magazine
17 May 19

- PERFECT! THEY'VE CLONED DICKHEAD! - HOW FAST DO THEY REPLICATE?
 
 
+5 # chrisconno 2019-05-17 10:41
So does that profiling apply to knowing exactly who is a money launderer or future Nazi? Because when I look into his eyes I see a deep dark well of an organized crime minion.
 
 
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-05-17 13:57
Good Lord! Let’s hope Morgan never looks into Trump’s eyes, eh?
 
 
+2 # economagic 2019-05-17 20:15
Of COURSE he can tell which ones will get into trouble with the authoritarians (sic). They are too young to have learned how to hide the fear and hatred they feel from when they look into HIS eyes. Like most of Trump's acolytes he is not only a psychopath but a crank and a crackpot.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2019-05-18 03:50
A worthy addition to the Trump team. My God, where does he find such creeps?