LULAC comments on president's promise of pardons to build a wall
- Author: Darren Santiago Aug 31, 2019,
Aug 31, 2019, 0:44
President Donald Trump wants the border wall he promised so desperately that he said he would pardon aides for any "potential wrongdoing", if they break the law rushing to build it. Based on interviews with those involved with the project, Trump has reportedly told concerned officials that he would pardon them if getting the barriers constructed quickly would require breaking laws. "He called internal criticisms of the president 'just more fabrications by people who hate the fact the status quo, that has crippled this country for decades'".
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released drone video that shows miles of a "new border wall system" on Arizona's porous boundary with Mexico.
President Trump's relentless effort to build a border wall has been ongoing since he first announced his campaign in 2015.
Trump may have been joking about his pardon power, but he has made use of it to relieve political allies during his presidency.
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Republican Senator Steve Daines of Montana said it "remains to be seen" whether Senate could pass gun legislation this year. The former Trump booster added: "I'm a conservative". "A question like that is just fake news", Trump said.
Chants of "finish the wall!" are common at the president's campaign rallies, with Trump promising his supporters that over 400 miles of wall will be complete by the end of 2020.
Soldiers secure concertina wire to the existing border fence near the World Trade International Bridge in Laredo, Texas, April 11, 2019. 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. And a major component of Trump's pledge - that Mexico would pay for the wall - hasn't been part of the equation. As one high-level source told the Post, "He said people expected him to build a wall, and it had to be done by the election". "Trump conceded a year ago in an immigration meeting with lawmakers that a wall or barrier is not the most effective mechanism to curb illegal immigration, recognizing it would accomplish less than a major expansion of US enforcement powers and deportation authority", the Post notes, "But he told lawmakers that his supporters want a wall and that he has to deliver it".
Earlier this week, Trump slammed an Axios report that claimed he suggested using nuclear weapons to stop hurricanes from hitting the United States. "Let's be honest here: Trump is a lawless president".
He said as the euro falls against the dollar, it is "giving them a big export and manufacturing advantage", while his aggressive tariffs are taking care of "bad and/or unfair players".
The administration has awarded $2.8 billion in contracts for barriers covering 247 miles (390 kilometers), with all but 17 miles (27 kilometers) of that to replace existing barriers instead of expanding coverage.