Trump On Migrants: Shoot Them In The Leg
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Outside of building a border wall, it seems Donald Trump has been optioning other methods to detain unauthorized crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border. Among them — shooting migrants in the leg.

According to The New York Times, the suggestion came during a March meeting with White House advisors. It was an escalation of ideas he had thrown out previously, but that were met with disapproval from his aides. In the past, he talked about building trenches along the wall and filling them with alligators. He also threw out the idea of placing electrical spikes on the wall that could puncture human flesh. Trump went as far as implying that those who throw rocks at the wall should be shot. Shooting them in the leg, he thought, was a logical compromise. 

“The president was frustrated and I think he took that moment to hit the reset button,” Thomas D. Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told The New York Times about that week in March. “The president wanted it to be fixed quickly.”

Trump On Migrants: Shoot Them In The Leg
A border patrol unit guards the US-Mexico border fence as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on January 9, 2019. – President Donald Trump is expected to discuss migration issues during his visit on Thursday to McAllen in the southern border with Mexico amid a standoff over funding of the border wall. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP) (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The report notes that in that meeting Trump also ordered that the border be closed, and became enraged when his staff pushed back. It led to the firing of several aides who tried to reel the deranged Commander-In-Chief back in.

“You are making me look like an idiot!” those in the room claim Trump shouted during the profanity-laced meeting. “I ran on this. It’s my issue.” 

Trump also took aim at Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, and Kirstjen Nielsen, the former secretary of Homeland Security, for their handling of an issue he vowed to “correct” during his campaign. At the time, Steven Miller suggested that the entire Homeland Security Department needed an overhaul. Nielsen was out by April.

Trump On Migrants: Shoot Them In The Leg
STATEN ISLAND FERRY TERMINAL, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2019/08/15: Members of the activist group Rise and Resist and concerned New Yorkers held a silent protest at the plaza outside the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, holding NO RAIDS/CLOSE THE CAMPS/ABOLISH ICE banners, photographs of the children who have died in ICE custody, and photographs of the detention camps to object the Border Patrol and ICE cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In her place, Trump brought in Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II after another interim leader was slow to embrace his ideology on what should happen to migrants at the border. Since Cuccinelli’s entrance, the government has created policies around denying immigrants green cards, developed more restrictive rules around asylum, and $3.6 billion in funding has been approved for the wall.

Also, that idea he had in March to stop the movement of people between the two countries, well according to those The Times spoke with, Trump still hasn’t let go of a complete shutdown of the border.