On Friday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper sat down with one of the three Texas landowners who is pursuing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his border wall.
Despite Congress approving funds for barriers and fencing at the US-Mexico border, the president declared a national emergency in an effort to gain an additional $8 billion for his wall.
“When were you approached? How did you learn they wanted to build the wall on your property?” Cooper asked Texas resident Nayda Alvarez.
Alvarez said that she was approached in November about Trump wanting to build a wall, but refused to give her signature because the definition of his wall was so broad.
“I assume if they want to put a wall up in your location, do you see people crossing from Mexico through your property all the time?” Cooper asked.
Alvarez explained that she lived in her home for nearly 40 years and has never seen undocumented immigrants crossing the border.
“I see Border Patrol walking back and forth. I have caught them in my surveillance cameras. Have I ever caught [undocumented immigrants]? Not at all,” she said.
“What’s your message to President Trump?” Cooper said.
“My message is, I see no emergency. The only emergency that is out there is the man-made emergency created by someone at the White House because he wants to build the wall,” she said.
Alvarez added, “He has instilled fear in the people. He has based this fear on fake news and lies. They are over-exaggerated lies.”
‘Beg to be tried as a white man’: Disgust follows Roger Stone’s light sentence — while people of color sit in jail for less
Judge Amy Berman Jackson was the target of serious attacks by President Donald Trump's supporters and Roger Stone himself. When the Justice Department encouraged seven to nine years in prison for Stone, Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr freaked out, rewriting the sentencing memo that was ultimately ignored by the new prosecutors.
But Stone wasn't given the hefty sentence that Trump and his followers assumed Stone would get. Instead, he got a fairly light sentence of just over three years.
Leading up to the sentence, Berman Jackson was blasted on Twitter. So, it's unclear how Trump and his followers will manage to attack the judge for the sentence. Some still managed to do it, saying Stone shouldn't have been sentenced to any time at all.
‘Church has no reason to fear history’: Vatican to open wartime archives of Pius XII
More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his record during the Holocaust, officials said Thursday.
Cardinal José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça, the Vatican’s chief librarian, told reporters that all researchers — regardless of nationality, faith and ideology — were welcome to request permission to use the Vatican’s Apostolic Library, which will open the archive on March 2.
Trump supporter made death threat to whistleblower’s lawyer one day after president targeted him at rally: feds
A Trump supporter has been charged with making death threats to Mark Zaid, an attorney who represents the whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump over his efforts to extort the Ukrainian government.
Politico reports that Michigan resident Brittan J. Atkinson emailed a violent threat to Zaid just one day after the president held up the attorney's photo at one of his rallies and read some of his tweets.
“All traitors must die miserable deaths,” Atkinson allegedly wrote in the email, which was sent on November 7th. “Those that represent traitors shall meet the same fate. We will hunt you down and bleed you out like the pigs you are. We have nothing but time, and you are running out of it. Keep looking over your shoulder. We know who you are, where you live, and who you associate with. We are all strangers in a crowd to you.”