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Trump Ordered Border Patrol To Break The Law According To Bombshell Report

President Trump is currently purging many high-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security, reportedly because Trump—and his advisor Stephen Miller—think they’re insufficiently “tough” on immigration. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was ousted over the weekend, the director of the Secret Service is on his way out, and the head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is rumored to be on the chopping block as well. This comes after Trump’s nomination to head ICE was abruptly withdrawn, shocking agency employees.

In the wake of the purge, reports have been trickling out about the radical—and illegal—demands Trump has been making of his staff. For one, Trump has been pushing to reinstate and expand his family separation policy to include families that enter at legal ports of entry since January (you know, the policy he denied existed and blamed on Democrats before signing an executive order to end it).

Trump is also urging Customs and Border Patrol to illegally deny entry to migrants seeking asylum at ports of entry. According to CNN, during Trump’s recent trip to visit the border in Calexico, “[T]he 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.’”

CNN also reports that after Trump left the agents were told to go ahead and ignore what he said and follow the law, reminding them that they could be found personally liable otherwise.

When Secretary Nielsen reminded the president that the Department of Homeland Security has to abide by United States law and that his plan for closing the border on March 22nd amounted to political suicide Trump reportedly said “I don’t care.”

“He just wants to separate families,” CNN quotes a senior administration official as saying.

Taken together, these reports paint a picture of a president who feels the duly enacted laws of the United States do not—or should not—constrain his presidency and is feeling more emboldened to jettison anyone who tells him otherwise.

Trump is setting the stage for a constitutional crisis and we’re still 575 days away from the 2020 election. All signs point to things getting worse before they get better.

h/t: CNN, NBC News