Trump: Ryan, Rollins ‘don’t mind crime’

President also calls on Warren to resign

PRESIDENT TRUMP on Wednesday called for the resignation of Sen. Elizabeth Warren over her claims of Native American ancestry and described a lawsuit filed by two Massachusetts district attorneys to bar federal immigration agents from local courthouses as “a sad situation.”

Calling in to Boston Herald Radio, Trump was asked about the lawsuit filed on Monday by Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, her Suffolk County counterpart, Rachael Rollins, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and the advocacy group Chelsea Collaborative.

“These are people that probably don’t mind crime, they don’t mind what’s going on,” Trump said of the two DAs. “You look at MS-13, they say in the world there’s nothing more evil. These are some very, very bad people. To try and protect them, I don’t think so.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested two immigrants on Monday who were in the country illegally and charged with crimes at the Chelsea and East Boston District Courts.

“We have to stop crime in this country. Crime is way down in this country and part of the reason is ICE,” Trump said.

John Mohan, a spokesman for ICE, said he had no information on how many MS-13 members were civilly arrested by ICE in district courts in the past year. “The agency doesn’t track or release a total number of those detainees we arrest who may have gang-affiliations,” he said.

Ryan’s spokeswoman declined comment. A Rollins spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Both said earlier in the week that they were joining the lawsuit against ICE because arrests at courthouses were disrupting efforts to prosecute cases and causing potential witnesses to crimes to stay away.

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Sarah Betancourt

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About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a bilingual journalist reporting across New England. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, social justice, and health policy for outlets like NBC, The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, and the New York Law Journal. Sarah has reported stories such as a national look at teacher shortages, how databases are used by police departments to procure information on immigrants, and uncovered the spread of an infectious disease in children at a family detention center. She has covered the State House, local and national politics, crime and general assignment.

Sarah received a 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her role in the ProPublica/NPR story, “They Got Hurt at Work and Then They Got Deported,” which explored how Florida employers and insurance companies were getting out of paying workers compensation benefits by using a state law to ensure injured undocumented workers were arrested or deported. Sarah attended Emerson College for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Communication, and Columbia University for a fellowship and Master’s degree with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a bilingual journalist reporting across New England. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, social justice, and health policy for outlets like NBC, The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, and the New York Law Journal. Sarah has reported stories such as a national look at teacher shortages, how databases are used by police departments to procure information on immigrants, and uncovered the spread of an infectious disease in children at a family detention center. She has covered the State House, local and national politics, crime and general assignment.

Sarah received a 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her role in the ProPublica/NPR story, “They Got Hurt at Work and Then They Got Deported,” which explored how Florida employers and insurance companies were getting out of paying workers compensation benefits by using a state law to ensure injured undocumented workers were arrested or deported. Sarah attended Emerson College for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Communication, and Columbia University for a fellowship and Master’s degree with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

Trump also launched into a discussion over Warren’s call for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr over his interpretation of the Mueller Report. “She defrauded the public for a long time, and you know, she should be the one to resign,” Trump said, referencing Warren’s previous claims to Native American ancestry.

Trump was interviewed by Boston Herald columnist Adriana Cohen. Cohen repeatedly said she was honored to have the president on the show and made clear she sided with the president, belittling Rollins and proclaiming that ICE needs to be able to do its job.