Former New York Post cartoonist Sean Delonas is now making his own headlines after an offensive cartoon of his gained attention for all the wrong reasons.
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The cartoon, shown above, shows three 'Dreamers' mugging a couple in a dark alley while armed with guns and dressed in 'MS13' gear. One is pointing a gun at the couple, another one is behind him holding what appears to be another gun. The third mugger is wearing a ski-mask and has on a vest of explosives while holding a bloodied machete. The man says to his wife, "Now, honey...I believe they prefer to be called Dreamers or future Democrats."
The New Mexico publication, The Albuquerque Journal, issued an apology when the cartoon elicited criticism almost right after being posted. Its editor, Karen Moses, told The New York Times that she thought that the cartoon was poking fun at President Trump's immigration rhetoric and that she didn't mean to offend New Mexico's Hispanic population, which is nearly 50 percent. “The Albuquerque Journal does not condone racism or bigotry in any form,” Moses wrote in her apology. “I also want to reiterate that we do not agree with many of the opinions expressed on the editorial pages, which are intended to encourage debate.”
The artist, however, maintains that he was fully aware of what his drawing meant. He says that he is sure that MS13 is using minors for their drug dealings and other violent crimes, according to the Times.
This is not his first controversial cartoon. In 2009, he received backlash for a cartoon where he depicted former president Obama as a chimpanzee in the Post.
This controversy comes at a time where tensions over immigration have been at an all-time high, especially in New Mexico where Trump lost the popular and electoral vote. DACA beneficiaries or DREAMers are facing a quickly approaching March 5th deadline after Trump rescinded the Obama-era legislation.