Mayor fires back at Trump: ‘I’ve never seen bands of illegal immigrants in Ferguson’

FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) - GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is raising eyebrows with his comments linking gangs in St. Louis and Ferguson to illegal immigrants. The remarks came during a news conference Tuesday night in Dubuque, Iowa.

Trump was asked a question about immigration, an issue he has been very outspoken about during his campaign.

“You know a lot of the gangs that you see in Baltimore and in St. Louis and in Ferguson and Chicago. You know they’re illegal immigrants. They’re here illegally. And they’re rough dudes. Rough people. They’re going to be gone so fast if I win that your head will spin. They’re going to be gone so fast, OK.” he said.

During an interview Wednesday morning on FOX 2, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles responded to the comments.

“I’m assuming that Donald Trump is saying that from his extensive experience in St. Louis and in Ferguson. He has never been here as far as I know. I’ve never seen any roving bands of illegal immigrants or gangs in Ferguson. I think he’s just trying to find headlines and we just gave him one.”

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