Trump told border agents to break the law but bosses told them to ignore him, report claims

Trump told border agents to break the law but bosses told them to ignore him, report claims

Terrorism
Donald Trump reportedly encouraged agents working at the US-Mexico border to deny asylum seekers entry, an action which would have violated US law. The president first discussed the idea during an Oval Office meeting on 21 March with senior administration officials. Those present included Kirstjen Nielsen, who was then secretary for Homeland Security and Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, according to CNN. Mercedes Schlapp and Dan Scavino, the president’s advisers, were also present, as was Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law. Ms Nielsen told the president that barring asylum seekers from the US was against the law. The official discussed the issue with Mr Cipollone, who confirmed that she was correct. Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, people arriving at the border “may apply for asylum”, a right which is reinforced under international law as the US is a signatory to the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention. Mr Trump visited border agents in Calexico, a city in California on 5 April. “We’re full, our system’s full, our country’s full -- can’t come in!” he said during the visit. “Our country is full, what can you do?” We can’t handle any more, our country is full. Can’t come in, I’m sorry. ....


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