Dear Trump: The Escaped NYC Convicts Show We’re Not Sending Mexico Our Best Either

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Remember when Donald Trump said this: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. […] They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Of course you remember because it’s all we’ve been writing about, sorry not sorry.

Despite getting into hot water with Univision, NBC, and pretty much all Latinos over his comments, Trump hasn’t backed down. He recently said, “I’ve spoken to border guards and I said, ‘How bad is it?’ And they said ‘Mr. Trump, you have no idea how bad.’ But you have people coming in and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country.”

It’s pretty ironic that as this very news was unfolding, David Sweat and Richard Matt – the escaped NYC convicts who made nationwide headlines after they broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora with the help of prison guard Joyce Mitchell– were planning to flee to… you guessed it, Mexico.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo told The Capitol Pressroom that the two planned to head south of the border in their escape. “They would kill (Joyce) Mitchell’s husband, and then get in the car and drive to Mexico on the theory that Mitchell was in love with one or both of them,” Cuomo said, before adding a burn: “And then they would go live happily ever after, which is a fairy tale that I wasn’t read as a child. But we all believe what we want to believe.”

Instead, the two split up because Sweat felt Matt was slowing him down. A cop ended up shooting Sweat, who is now in an Albany hospital. Matt was killed two days earlier when police found him in Malone.

Sweat and Matt weren’t the only ones who looked to Mexico as a safe haven. In 2012 more than 900 fugitives were extradited from Mexico back to the U.S. – and those are just the ones that were found.

Hmmm maybe the giant border wall Trump has proposed to build will help keep our own criminals here?