PRESS SECRETARY: Dems leaving Trump ‘no choice’ on border

WASHINGTON — Democrats are leaving President Donald Trump “no choice” but to crack down hard on border security, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee- Sanders said on Tuesday, and the president will do “whatever it takes” to protect the American people.

“Democrats in Congress are leaving us no choice,” Sanders said during an appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” referencing the president’s vow to close the southern border. “This is not the path the president wants to take. They’re leaving us no choice because they’re unwilling to fix the problem. They’re too busy playing politics.”

Sanders’ comments come one week after Trump threatened to shut down the border between the U.S. and Mexico after House Democrats refused to authorize funds needed to build the wall.

Mexico, Sanders said, must step up its efforts to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the U.S. or face the financial ramifications.

“That’s certainly a big part of this process, is Mexico stepping up and helping the United States do more by helping stop people from coming across our border by stopping them in Mexico,” Sanders said. “We need them to continue to do that so that we aren’t forced take drastic action like closing the ports of entry at our border because we simply have no choice.”

“The president is the one that is responsible for the last two years of economic growth, economic boom, and the number of jobs that we have in this country. We don’t want to see that hurt,” Sanders continued. “But at the same time, the president’s No. 1 responsibility is to protect American life.”

Despite pushback from the left, border patrol agents have come out in support of the president’s plan to shut down the border, claiming doing so will better help them gain better control of illegal immigration.

“If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States [through] our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the border, or large sections of the Border next week,” the president vowed last week on Twitter. “This would be so easy for Mexico to do, but they just take our money and “talk.” Besides, we lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking etc.), that the Border closing would be a good thing!”

Democrats, angered by the president’s commitment to shutting down the U.S. border have called his threats “racist” and a “violation” of his presidential authority.

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‘WE MUST BUILD THE WALL’: Trump responds to murder of border agent stoned to death by illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump responded angrily late Sunday to news of a U.S. border patrol agent’s death at the hands of an illegal immigrant.

Venting his frustrations on Twitter, Trump referred to Rogelio Martinez’s death at the hands of two illegal immigrants as further proof of the need to build a wall dividing the United States from Mexico.

“Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt,” the president tweeted. “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”

The attack, which occurred Sunday in Texas along the U.S. border to Mexico, fueled rage on social media, with many of the president’s supporters demanding that action be taken.

While specific details on what occurred remain unclear, law enforcement specialists say they believe Martinez was beaten to death with rocks.

“We strongly believe rocks were what was used,” NBPC Vice President Art Del Cueto told El Paso affiliate KTSM (http://www.elpasoproud.com/news/border-patrol-agent-dies-near-van-horn/860106591).

“(Martinez and his partner) were out there responding to a censor and one agent was murdered,” said Del Cueto. “I know people don’t want to jump to conclusions and say stuff but the reality is but you hear the talk about individuals trying to get a better life and enter this country to get a better life but the reality is they will stop at nothing including killing a federal agent — including taking someone’s life which is what happened.”

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday sent condolences to the fallen border patrol agent’s loved ones.

“On behalf of the quarter of a million frontline officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition,” acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in a statement.

Martinez’s partner, who has not yet been identified, survived the attack but remains in serious condition.

Building a wall along the country’s southern border was an issue that then-candidate Donald Trump campaigned heavily upon during the 2016 election. According to The White House, completion of the wall before his first term ends remains one of the president’s “top priorities”.

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