Donald Trump’s hatred and abuse of asylum seekers is inappropriate for anyone in his position of power. Trump’s racism and bigotry should have been a disqualifying factor a long time ago, but here we are. And now, the President of the United States is telling people to actually break the law to do his bidding.
When Trump went to visit the border at Calexico, California last week, the president actually told border patrol agents to stop asylum seekers from entering the United States – which violates the law. Trump also told Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, that if he ended up going to prison for doing that, the president would pardon him.
This was told to CNN by two senior administration officials, who stated that Trump specifically stated to McAleenan that he “would pardon him if he ever went to jail for denying US entry to migrants.”
When asked for comment, the White House referred CNN to the Department of Homeland Security. A DHS spokesman said:
At no time has the President indicated, asked, directed or pressured the Acting Secretary to do anything illegal. Nor would the Acting Secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law.”
This story is still developing, but no one would be surprised if it were true. Trump has stated that he would save several others if they did his bidding – for example, the time the president told his rabid supporters that he would pay their legal fees if they attacked protesters during his rallies for him. This sounds like behavior that Trump does pretty often, and we all know how much he hates asylum seekers. Trump will likely do anything to keep these people out of the United States – even if it means breaking the law.
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