Long Island Trump Protest

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Protesters Turn Out Before Trump Heads To Long Island To Talk About MS-13

May 22, 2018 - 1:55 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Protesters gathered in Mineola Tuesday afternoon with signs in their hands – upset over President Donald Trump’s visit to Long Island to talk about the MS-13 gang issue.

Trump was set to meet with local lawmakers and law enforcement at the Morelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage on Wednesday. Two dozen protesters said they would also be there for Trump's appearance.

“We have to explain to our children -- what the man is saying is not right. That is not right. We should not be explaining to our children that the highest office, the most regarded office – the person that sits there now is not doing what he’s supposed to do,” said Mimi Pierre Johnson of the Elmont Cultural Center.

Sergio Argueta of Strong Youth was upset in particular by a comment made by the president using the word “animals.”

“As law enforcement departments from both counties stand next to this man, let’s remember that his type of hatred and rhetoric only fuels gang recruitment,” Argueta said. “His promotion of MS-13 only gives them national and international coverage, which is what they want in reality.”

The White House said in the “animals” comment, Trump was referring just to MS-13 gang members and not all immigrants.