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REPORT: Trump Told CBP Head Kevin McAleenan that He’d Pardon Him if McAleenan Were Sent to Jail for Blocking Asylum Seekers

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Trump made headlines in Calexico for telling border agents to stop all migrants from entering the United States after declaring that “our country is full.”

“This is our new statement- the system is full,” Trump said at the time. “We can’t take you anymore. Whether it’s asylum or anything you want – illegal immigration – we can’t take you anymore. Our country is full. Our area is full. The sector is full. Can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry. Turn around. That’s the way it is.”

The news of Trump’s remark to McAleenan comes shortly after he appointed McAleenan to lead DHS on an acting basis until a permanent replacement for now-former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is chosen.

Earlier this afternoon, the president stirred controversy after he confirmed that the White House is “giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities,” blaming Democrats who he says have been “unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws.”

In a follow-up tweet, the president claimed the “Radical Left” should be “happy” with the policy.

Democrats have rebuked the White House in response to the proposal, which was apparently rejected both times it came up by administration immigration agencies.

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