Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Cop-killing immigrant also entered United States during Bush's presidency

Cop-killing immigrant also entered United States during Bush's presidency

An official with the Republican National Committee told ABC News that the video was produced for the Trump campaign but was not a paid ad.

At that time, President George Bush had just begun his first term, and Bracamontes was again deported.

US President Donald Trump faced scathing criticism on Thursday for an advertisement linking Democrats and immigrants to violent crime, with some fellow Republicans blasting it as "sickening" and the most racially divisive political ad in three decades.

Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico, was sentenced to death in California for the 2014 murder of two police officers.

The 53-second spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial as he professed regret at not killing more officers.

By 2002, he traveled back to the US and married an American citizen, staying in the country.

Unlike typical political ads, nowhere in this video does the president declare who paid for it. Campaign finance experts said that by limiting it to his social media feed, Trump has found a gap in campaign finance laws that are meant to let voters know who sponsors the messages they see.

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

Horton was a convicted murderer who committed rape while furloughed under a programme in MA where Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis was governor.

As Massachusetts governor, Mr Dukakis supported the furlough program.

But Bracamontes was first deported during the Clinton administration and later slipped back into the US during the George W. Bush administration, according to federal documents obtained by the Sacramento Bee.

The video is pinned to the top of his Twitter page. The Trump campaign did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on the video. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic.

The tweet stirred up controversy, and some replies to the tweet criticized Trump for focusing on Bracamontes and not USA citizens who committed mass shootings. "I hope this doesn't work".

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The video stood in stark contrast to an ad circulated by the Trump campaign earlier in the week that highlighted rosy economic numbers and depicted gauzy scenes of American suburban life.

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