President Donald Trump, during a fundraising stop in San Antonio on Wednesday, asserted that without his tough border security policies, murderous migrants “will probably stay at your house.”
He vowed to send more troops to the border to address a surge in migration from Central America, saying that Texas ranchers fear being killed or having cars stolen by migrants, and “this never comes out in the fake news.”
“Who the hell can live like this?” he said. “Dangerous people are coming here and the good people are dying.”
Trump’s frustration at the migrant surge has boiled over. Within the last week he ousted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and dropped his nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying he wanted to move in a “tougher direction.”
But complaints about policies forcing long delays for cross-border cargo grew louder during his short visit to Texas. And his claims about crime along the border are wildly exaggerated. State and federal data do not back up assertions that migrants in previous years or in the current surge commit crimes at elevated rates, though Trump and his backers argue that any crime committed by someone in the United States without permission should not have occurred.
Roughly 5,000 uniformed personnel are currently at the border, including National Guard. Trump ordered the deployment a year ago.
“I’m going to have to call up more military,” he said with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at his side during a meeting with campaign donors in San Antonio.
He expressed irritation that longstanding federal law — the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 — bars the use of military for law enforcement.
“Our military, don’t forget, can’t act like a military would act. Because if they got a little rough, everybody would go crazy,” Trump said. “…They have all these horrible laws that the Democrats won’t change…. I think they will pay a very big price in 2020 for all of the things, whether it is the fake witch hunt they start out, or whether it is a situation like this. I think the border is going to be an incredible issue.”
Trump was in Texas for fundraisers in San Antonio and Houston that national GOP chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel told reporters aboard Air Force One will raise $6 million.
SOURCE: Todd J. Gillman
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