Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) told MSNBC on Thursday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan was “appeasing” President Donald Trump by publicly stating his support for the president’s proposed border wall — but the rank and file officers openly acknowledge such a wall would never adequately stem illegal immigration.
“You say that you’re for border security and you represent the towns along the border, and you believe it could be done in a cyber way, a better way than building a physical barrier,” host Katy Tur said. But she noted that Commissioner McAleenan “says we absolutely need the wall,” and asked for Gonzalez’s response.
“Nobody’s going to contradict the president, everyone’s afraid of losing their job,” Gonzalez replied. “I have good friends that work for the Border Patrol.”
“I go out and have a beer with them and talk about border security,” he continued. “When we talk about the wall, in private, they know it doesn’t work.” Gonzalez added that those determined to enter the U.S. illegally would find ways around, over, or under any physical barrier, “at a monumental cost to taxpayer dollars.”
“So you’re saying that he’s just appeasing the president,” asked Tur.
“I hate to say that, but I believe that that’s what it is,” Gonzalez said. He added that border cities were some of the safest in the country and invited Trump to join him on a walking tour of McAllen, Texas. “It is much safer than Washington DC or New York, the cities that he’s lived in.”
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Hundreds of orgs, political and religious leaders demand Pompeo abolish his anti-LGBTQ ‘Commission on Unalienable Rights’
'Harmful to the Global Effort to Protect the Rights of All People and a Waste of Resources'
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"The View" tackled a New Yorker piece published by Jane Mayer, who believes the Minnesota Democrat was "railroaded" out of the U.S. Senate over sexual harassment claims, and McCain said Democrats had no choice but to force him to resign.
"Imagine him questioning Brett Kavanaugh at the time," McCain said, "which by the way, the writer who wrote this article, Jane Mayer, wrote a 2018 piece about allegations of Brett Kavanaugh that's been panned because the only corroborating witness said he had heard the story but he didn't remember it now, so it's very tricky."
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As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.