To Republican U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, the thousands of undocumented immigrant children at the border are not children at all, but gang-affiliated individuals coming from a violent culture of robbery and murder.
“A lot of these children … quote-unquote … ya know, the first caller mentioned it, ya know, they’re gang members. They’re gang affiliated,” the representative from Florida’s 11th Congressional District said Monday on WOCA radio.
Nugent declared the culture of these “children” was one of violence and bringing the children into American would bring “complications,” writes Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed.
“Listen, if you’re 14, 15, 16, 17 years old, and you’re coming from a country that’s gang-infested — particularly with MS-13 types, that is the most aggressive of all the street gangs — when you have those types coming across the border, they’re not children at that point. These kids have been brought up in a culture of thievery. A culture of murder, of rape. And now we are going to infuse them into the American culture. It’s just ludicrous.”
Thousands of children, some as young as age 8, have entered the U.S. from Central America through the southern border in recent months.