During Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre omitted key details about the ongoing manhunt in Texas for an illegal immigrant who allegedly murdered five of his neighbors last week.
Law enforcement officials say that 38-year-old Francisco Oropesa went on a rampage after his neighbors asked him to stop shooting his gun in his yard because they had a baby inside that was trying to sleep. Oropesa allegedly killed five of his neighbors execution-style.
According to Fox News, immigration officials said that Oropesa is a Mexican national who has been deported from the United States five times.
When Jean-Pierre briefed reporters on the incident, she made no mention of Oropesa’s immigration status or that he had been deported five times. Instead she blamed guns and used the tragedy as an opportunity to advance President Biden’s anti-gun agenda.
“As the man hunt for the suspected assailant continues, we urge the public to heed all guidance from law enforcement officials and stay safe,” she said. “Federal law enforcement agencies have been providing assistance and support to local law enforcement as they work to respond to this tragedy and and look and locate the suspect.”
“The President was briefed on the shooting on Saturday morning, and he and the First Lady are praying for those killed in the attack, for their surviving loved ones, and for the broader Cleveland community,” she continued. “But the President believes prayers alone are not enough. Congress must act because what makes tragedies like this one all the more heart wrenching is the fact that it is entirely within our power to take these weapons of war off our streets.”
Jean-Pierre claimed that the gun owners supported restricting gun rights and that “Congress must act without delay.”