President Donald Trump offered a range of initiatives geared toward criminal justice reform during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
He started with a call for prison reform and solutions to help prisoners find work after their sentences end.
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“As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be extended to all citizens,” Trump said. “That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance.”
Then the president’s tone took a darker turn as he began to focus on crime resulting from what he called “open borders,” linking crime to what he considers unchecked illegal immigration.
Gang members, such as those in the notorious MS-13 gang, the president said,
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