Donald Trump wants to know what Florida Senator Marco Rubio has to say about a San Francisco woman who may have been killed by a convicted felon with five previous deportations.
The New York businessman has come under fire for unfiltered comments on the kinds of criminality that accompanies illegal immigration.
“Our next president needs to be someone who brings Americans together — not someone who continues to divide,” Mr. Rubio wrote on Thursday. “Our broken immigration system is something that needs to be solved, and comments like this move us further from — not closer to — a solution.”
Mr. Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to highlight the case of Kathryn Steinle, 32, who was killed while she walked along the city’s Pier 14 with her father earlier in the week. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said the man who was arrested in connection with her seemingly random killing had been deported five times.
“.@marcorubio what do you say to the family of Kathryn Steinle in CA who was viciously killed b/c we can’t secure our border? Stand up for US,” Mr. Trump Tweeted.
Suspect Francisco Sanchez, 45, was arrested shortly after Ms. Steinle’s killing.
SEE ALSO: Kathryn Steinle fatally shot in San Francisco; suspect was deported five times: ICE
Mr. Trump also used the story to fire back at his other critics as well. His rhetoric on illegal immigration has cost him several partnerships with major businesses like Macy’s, NBC, and Univision, and earned him harsh criticism from actress America Ferrera.
“Thank you America Ferrara [sic] for supporting lawless criminals from Mexico. One more needless death. 2 innocent lives taken,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “Our Southern border it totally out of control. This is an absolutely disgraceful. situation. We need border security!”
• Kellan Howell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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