Trump Threatens to Close the Border and Shut Down the Government

President Donald Trump on Thursday again threatened to close the southern border if the Mexican government doesn’t do more to provide border security.

“If we find that it’s uncontrollable, if we find it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control,” the president said to reporters during his Thanksgiving vacation at his Florida palace, Mar-a-Lago. read more

Trump Unloads On Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen

President Donald Trump severely admonished Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in front of his cabinet at a meeting this week, and she considered resigning as a result. According to attendees, Trump upbraided her for failing to stop illegal border crossings.   Nobody was surprised of course, because Trump has a history of attacking his own “best people” until they get so fed up that they quit.  He has had more turnover in his cabinet and White House staff during the first 18 months of his presidency than any other president in history.  The cause of the outburst was Trump’s frustration over an increase in apprehensions at the Mexican border.  He (unfairly) blamed Nielsen for failing to stop them, according to people at the meeting.

Nielsen apparently made the mistake of trying to use reason when discussing the issue with the president.  Observers say she attempted to explain to her boss that there were many complex issues involved.  She also tried to make him understand that the Homeland Security Department has legal restrictions which govern what she can and cannot do. read more

Border Residents Don’t Want National Guard Or The Wall

People living in the United States but near the border with Mexico feel like they’ve had enough.

“Our community is already heavily militarized,” said Bekah Hinojosa from Brownsville, Texas. “Cameras line the international bridges, we are surrounded by border checkpoints, border patrol helicopters can be seen in the sky, and agents patrol every highway. We reject this latest move by Trump and Governor Abbott to deploy National Guard personnel and further militarize our home.” read more