Logan CrawfordJul 27, 2017, 12:48 pmJul 28, 2017, 7:29 am

Protestors: Trump will use LI visit to criminalize immigrant community

President to speak Friday at Suffolk Community College about Island’s gang problem


Community groups are protesting at Suffolk Community College where President Donald Trump will be speaking about MS-13 gang violence on Friday afternoon.

They say this is an attempt to further criminalize immigrant communities. They also claim the president is using this visit for political gain.

The MS-13 gang problem on Long Island has gained national attention with the killings of a number of people, including high school friends Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens.

Back in March, Mickens’ mother Elizabeth Alvarado said the president should come to the Island to see firsthand the pain and suffering that gang violence has caused for the families of those murdered.

"He needs to come…If Obama can mail me a letter and giving me condolences, why not Trump come over and see how the real people live when you have this tragedy happen to you?" Alvarado said.

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