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Ferguson Mayor fires back at Trump’s claim of ‘gangs of illegal immigrants’

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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. Trump has made several controversial comments on issues during his campaign and these latest words will likely have fallout as well. The comments came during a news conference Tuesday night in Dubuque, Iowa.

Iowa, of course is a critical state in the presidential primaries and the election. 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 now 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, okay?" said US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles has responded to the attack on his city during an interview this morning on FOX 2.

"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."