President Trump appears to have autographed photos of people killed by undocumented immigrants that were featured at a White House event Friday highlighting victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
Each of the 11 photos being held up by family members who had lost loved ones all bore Trump’s unmistakable signature.
Autographing the photos was an unusual decision, in that it appeared to combine the celebrity element of an autograph with the solemn image of a dead loved one.
It was unclear whether the photos had been produced by the White House, when the president autographed them, or whether this was done at the families’ request. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the photos.
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Trump took a jab at the free press during the event, saying “these are the families the media ignores,” despite the event being carried live by multiple cable news outlets including MSNBC and Fox News.
“Where is the media outrage over the catch-and-release policies that allow deadly drugs to flow into our country?” Trump said Friday.
“Where is the condemnation of the Democrats’ sanctuary cities that release violent criminals into our communities?”
The Hill notes:
The event, announced the night before, was aimed at shifting the narrative over the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has drawn intense scrutiny this week.
Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday aimed at ending his administration’s controversial practice of separating children from their parents while the adults face prosecution for crossing the border illegally. More than 2,300 immigrant children have been separated from their parents at the border while the adults face criminal proceedings.