U.S. Customs and Border Safety has launched drone video that exhibits miles of a "new border wall system" on Arizona's porous boundary with Mexico.
"It's astonishing and sad to see Trump's border wall being built through the most spectacular Sonoran desert ecosystem on the planet", Laiken Jordahl, the borderlands campaigner with the Centre for Biological Diversity, told The Associated Press. With his fence existing only on paper, Trump is pushing his side of Washington to sate his supporters.
"We can't become numb to these stories: Trump has promised to pardon government workers who break the law to build a wall we don't need", O-Rourke wrote.
When reporters with The Post reached out for comment, a White House official told them on the condition of anonymity that Trump is joking when he makes statements about pardons in the context of the border wall.
At global summit, Trump facing limits of go-at-it-alone stance
Trump continues to threaten European companies with trade tariffs, including Germany's auto industry and France's wine sector. Macron said G7 countries should also engage in economic stimulus to prevent world economies from falling into recession.
Two officials briefed on the exchange say the President told McAleenan, since named the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, that he "would pardon him if he ever went to jail for denying USA entry to migrants", as one of the officials paraphrased.
Trump told aides he wants spike tips atop the wall, according to the report. "Nor would the Acting Secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law".
Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues with a barrage of new rulings, orders and decrees, all based exclusively on executive fiat, directed against the rights of immigrants. The President of the United States reportedly told the top CBP official to violate the law and then offered a pardon if he were held accountable for executing the unlawful order. This means that the child of a soldier stationed in Japan or Germany would not automatically become a USA citizen, but would have to go through naturalization procedures themselves. This was denounced as "deporting kids with cancer" by one Senate Democrat.
"No new wall has been built, none", Scarborough pointed out during a segment of Morning Joe on Thursday.
The use of these additional military construction funds could invite a new legal challenge.
But he has publicly talked up the government's ability to seize land for infrastructure purposes, and he has dangled pardons before - to aides and confidants caught up in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and to officials pressing his hard-line immigration policies. A DHS official told BuzzFeed, "DHS is working closely with the Department of Justice on a path forward for DNA collection". Become a monthly donor today and keep up this vital work.