President Donald Trump has been calling for more security, stricter immigration laws, the building of more southern border walls, and for Democrats to change immigration laws “FAST.”

The crisis at the border is a humanitarian crisis. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is not set up to handle the large numbers of immigrants coming since President Trump took office. There have been thousands of people from South American countries, not only Mexico, traveling to the U.S. border in recent times. Some travel alone, others with spouses and children. 

This administration has repeatedly reported and warned that it is already a dangerous trip for adults, let alone for children. President Trump has been frequently bringing this issue to light, partially faulting Democrats’ “immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can’t,” he tweeted in Dec. 2018.

Fake News

President Donald Trump visited Calexico, California to inspect a section of newly repaired wall at the southern border and to talk with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, on April 5. 

Although media reports circulating stated that President Trump told the CPB commissioner Kevin McAleenan that he would pardon him if he was convicted for ordering CPB agents to block illegal immigrants from entering the United States, the president tweeted on April 12, “Of course this is not true.”

According to CNN, senior administration officials told them Trump said he “would pardon him [McAleenan] if he ever went to jail for denying U.S. entry to migrants.”

President Trump called it a fake story and said, “Mainstream Media is corrupt and getting worse, if that is possible, every day!”

On April 13, the president tweeted that he never offered pardons or ordered the closing of the southern border.

In the United States, there were a total of 161,000 asylum applications filed in the fiscal year 2018, and already 46,000 in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees immigration courts.

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