Immigration

Trump Told Federal Agents to Ignore Judges

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation followed a contentious trip to the border with Trump in which he was "ranting and raving" behind closed doors according to sources who spoke to CNN.

At one point, Trump reportedly told Border Patrol agents that they should break the law and ignore federal judges.

Last Friday, the President visited Calexico, California, where he said, "We're full, our system's full, our country's full -- can't come in! 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. It's very simple."

Behind the scenes, two sources told CNN, the President told border agents to not let migrants in. Tell them we don't have the capacity, he said. If judges give you trouble, say, "Sorry, judge, I can't do it. We don't have the room."

Sources who spoke to CNN say the agents that Trump spoke to consulted their superiors after he left the room and they were instructed to follow the law because, if they don't, it will be their ass on the line, not Trump's.

Now, while this the most explosive part of the story, CNN also reports that Trump told Nielsen to shut down the border crossing in El Paso, Texas which, if you're not aware, may be the most important economic artery in North America.

Trump could have crashed the economy if Nielsen did what he told her to do that day. And Trump reportedly instructed her to close additional ports of entry in the following days.

The fact that Trump's machinations would leave others more legally exposed than him may be the only thing constraining the Trump regime. Everyone under him has to ask themselves what they're willing to take responsibility for in his name.

  • Badgerite

    How is this not an impeachable offense? A clear violation of his oath of office? The executive branch’s main duty is to enforce the laws as enacted by Congress. Maybe the ‘Federalist’ Society’ can tell me where in the text of the Constitution it says that the executive can nullify duly enacted laws on its own volition? Anyone? Anyone?
    I’ll wait.
    When a court issues an injunction for the executive branch to comply with the law, it is enforcing the provisions of the US Constitution wherein the power of legislation resides in the Congressional branch, not the executive branch. The executive branch is in fact charged with executing the laws as envisioned and duly enacted by Congress. The executive branch had its say when the law was signed or vetoed by the executive. Once it is duly enacted, that is the end of it and it is the law of the land. This isn’t an fffffing hotel. It is a republic. And you don’t just get to hang out a ‘No Vacancy’ sign.
    And since when did Mexico or any Latin American country become some threat to the US? I’m “old enough to remember” when we were really attacked on 9/11. As I recall that attack was the impetus for the very creation of the ‘Homeland’ Security Department. The attackers ( 15 of the 19 hijackers) were Saudi. The same Saudi country that trump is in such a rush to transfer sensitive nuclear technology too. Go figure. The same Saudi that lured a man to his death by promises of safety and then literally cut him into pieces while he was still alive.
    Additionally: things a wall will not keep out. Super bugs. That is bacteria and fungi resistant to any known antibiotics treatment. They are already here. Great time to be gutting the Center for Disease Control of its funding to pay a whopping tax bonus to the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, et al.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Everyone under him has to ask themselves what they’re willing to take responsibility for in his name.

    Not nearly enough are asking themselves that question. Too many are too busy covering his ass.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump has always found the law to be an annoying impediment.

    It’s scary that one of the few things standing between us and the anarchy and chaos Donald Trump would cheerfully unleash is other people’s unwillingness to violate their oaths of office.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      It’s indeed scary. And our only source of hope.

  • simpfan

    We, as a nation, have gone from “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free” to “sorry, we’re full”. We’ve fallen so very far.

  • Nefercat

    You just know that there is some stupid border agent schmuck who is going to do exactly what trump told him or her to do, envisioning a future of fame and fortune and being invited to the white house as trump’s best new friend and hero, getting to appear on Hannity and fox, blah blah, blah.

    Wait until they find out that they are completely on their own when it comes to their court appearances and any consequences thereof.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I think it quite possible they get both.