Fact Check: NO Evidence That Texas School Shooter Was 'Illegal Immigrant'

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: NO Evidence That Texas School Shooter Was 'Illegal Immigrant' U.S. Citizen

Was Salvador Ramos, the shooter who killed children and faculty members at a Texas elementary school on May 24, 2022, an illegal immigrant? No, that's not true: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Ramos was a U.S. citizen and a state legislator said Ramos was born in the United States.

The claim appeared in a tweet (archived here) on May 24, 2022. The tweet, which included a screenshot of another tweet about Ramos, reads:

Salvador Ramos*
*Illegal immigrant
*Recent murder suspect
*MS-13 gang member
thanks leftists!

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

salvador ramos Tweet.png

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Wed May 25 14:48:54 2022 UTC)

During a public appearance on May 24, 2022, Abbott said Ramos was a U.S. citizen.

According to Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, Ramos was born in North Dakota. Gutierrez' district includes Uvalde, the town in which the shooting took place.

During a press conference with Abbott and other Texas officials held on May 25, 2022, none of the officials said Ramos had emigrated to the U.S. illegally.

Lead Stories contacted the North Dakota Department of Health, which said it could not share birth records with us. We also reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety and will update this story with any relevant response.

The illegal immigrant claim was also spread by U.S. House Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona. Gosar was responding to a tweet insinuating that the shooter may have been a part of a political demographic associated with Gosar. In the now-deleted response (archived here and here) tweeted on May 24, 2022, Gosar made unfounded assertions that Ramos was actually leftist, transgender and an "illegal alien." Lead Stories debunked claims about whether Ramos was transgender here and here.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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