President Donald Trump is determined to build a wall on part of America's southern border, and he's not willing to let silly things like property rights or federal laws get in the way.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, speaking on the rumors Tuesday, said Trump's joking about pardons but serious about protecting the country's borders. The White House requested $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds to be used in barrier projects after Congress refused to allocate $5 billion for the job, according to the Post. Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says Trump has exceeded his presidential authority in doing so.
In an article based on leaks from top officials inside the White House, the Washington Post reports that Trump promised top aides that he would pardon any government official who broke the law in the course of efforts to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Taken at face value, such a pardon offer-made to encourage and preemptively cover illegal behavior-would be unconstitutional, say experts.
A whole bunch of hundreds of migrants have come to the United States over the previous 12 months, principally Central American households with kids who flip themselves in to brokers as a substitute of making an attempt to dodge them.
Soldiers secure concertina wire to the existing border fence near the World Trade International Bridge in Laredo, Texas, April 11, 2019.
Trump's post came hours after Axios published an article on August 25 claiming that Trump asked officials during a hurricane briefing at the White House, while citing anonymous sources, whether they could drop a nuclear bomb inside the eye of a hurricane while it was moving across the Atlantic to disrupt its course. "Let's be honest here: Trump is a lawless president".
- Drone footage released by the Border Patrol over the weekend shows miles of a "new border wall system" going up at a location in Arizona near where illegal immigrants were seen streaming into America years ago.
The Post reported that only 60 miles of barrier to replace current fencing along the southern border has been built during the first 2.5 years of Trump's first term-which is only about one-tenth of the 500 miles of border wall first promised to voters. Conservation groups have mounted several legal challenges against the administration, which they have accused of waiving environmental and public health laws to fulfill the president's promise.