Cop-killer in Trump's campaign ad came back to the US under Bush

The man at the center of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE's controversial new midterms ad who was convicted of the murder two police officers was readmitted to the U.S. during President George W. Bush's tenure, not under Democrats, as the ad says.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Luis Bracamontes, who was sentenced to the death penalty after his 2014 rampage, returned to the U.S. after being deported under a Republican presidency.

The ad, which Trump tweeted and pinned to the top of his Twitter account, shows clips of Bracamontes spewing profanities and threats while at trial, followed by the message, "Democrats let him stay."


Bracamontes first entered the country illegally in 1993, when he was 16. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office told the Bee that he was arrested in 1996 on marijuana possession related charges and deported on June 3, 1997.

Arizona records show he was arrested on drug charges again in Phoenix in 1998, then released “for reasons unknown” by then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

He was arrested again on similar charges in May of 2001 and deported.

The Bee was unable to ascertain his exact re-entry date, but records show Bracamontes getting married in Maricopa County on Feb. 28, 2002, meaning he re-entered the country under the Bush administration. He was not deported again before the murder of two police officers in 2014.

The ad, directed at building support for Republican midterm candidates, has received harsh criticism, even from some in Trump's own party.

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE blasted the ad as a divisive "dog-whistle."