Tuesday Open Thread | Trump told border patrol agents to defy law, block migrants: CNN

Trump told Customs and Border Patrol agents last week to refuse to allow any migrants through the border in defiance of federal laws and court orders, CNN reported Monday.

On Friday, during a visit to Calexico, Calif., Trump told border patrol agents behind the scenes not to let any migrants in and, if ordered to by a judge, to respond, “Sorry, judge, I can’t do it. We don’t have the room,” two sources told CNN.

When the agents later asked their commanding officers about the remarks, their superiors said policy was to obey the law and that they would face personal liability if they complied with Trump’s orders, according to the network.

The news comes amid the ouster of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, who has frequently found herself the subject of Trump’s ire over illegal immigration policy.

During Friday’s trip to the border, Trump reportedly told Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to shut down the port of El Paso on March 22, with plans to close other ports later.

Nielsen pushed back on the idea, arguing that closing down the ports would simply shut down legal commerce and travel while migrants entered between the ports. Trump reportedly responded “I don’t care,” according to two people in the room, CNN reports.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was eventually able to talk Trump out of the plan, leading Trump to pivot to instead refusing entry to asylum seekers. Nielsen allegedly tried in vain to explain to Trump that migrants from Central America are legally allowed to apply for asylum.

Monday’s articles echo earlier reports from NBC News that Nielsen’s resignation Sunday night was largely due to Trump pressuring her to resume the separation of parents from their children at the border. Trump argued family separation was the most effective deterrent, while Nielsen reminded him he had already signed an executive order ending the practice, according to NBC.

The family-separation policy led to sharp and bipartisan backlash last year, with even some of Trump’s strongest allies decrying it before the president backtracked and ended the practice.

Trump adviser Stephen Miller is reportedly pushing him to remove further senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, including Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Lee Cissna, and the department’s general counsel, John Mitnick.

The White House and DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

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88 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Trump told border patrol agents to defy law, block migrants: CNN

  1. rikyrah says:

    Media Alert

    Henry Louis Gates Jr (@HenryLouisGates) Tweeted:
    During my work on #ReconstructionPBS, I asked people if they learned about this chapter of American history in school. Often, the answer was that it was covered briefly at best. Tonight at 9/8c on @PBS, we tell the full story. I’ll be following along with you here on @Twitter. https://t.co/Q6KT5B83Pz https://twitter.com/HenryLouisGates/status/1115700078625210368?s=17

  2. How is it these white men think they can trampled on Black women to get a laugh? Whitaker did it to Sheila Jackson Lee and now Mnuchin with this fuckery. You will get checked big time. Black women don’t play that shyt. Maxine dragged the fuck outta him!


  3. rikyrah says:

    Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) Tweeted:
    In all seriousness, I know it’s fun to joke about Candace Owens, but her being given a platform to speak on the same level as @KristenClarkeJD at the hate crimes hearing is a mockery and disrespectful of the very real violence black Americans have always faced in this country. https://twitter.com/nhannahjones/status/1115753919639162885?s=17

  4. rikyrah says:

    Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) Tweeted:
    This is going to be two years of Dems chasing a mythical “working-class white man” who is capable of a 180-degree ideological turn on socialism but will stay home if there’s even a chance his vote helps black people or gays https://twitter.com/sadydoyle/status/1115418307547607042?s=17

  5. Right wingers are having a hard time dealing with Candace Owens ass whupping with her own damn words. Now that’s sad. Ted Lieu shook them too!

  6. Ted Lieu vs Candace Owens….

  7. rikyrah says:

    Lying muthaphucka

    Trump says no plan to revive family separations, blames Obama for uproar
    Brooke Singman

    President Trump said Tuesday that the administration has no plans to revive the controversial policy that allowed for family separations at the border, amid renewed speculation about whether the practice could return amid the shakeup at the Homeland Security department.

    “We’re not looking to do that,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday prior to a closed-door meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.


    Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, though, Trump sought to pin the blame on his predecessor for the uproar.

    “Obama separated the children, just so you understand. President Obama separated the children,” Trump said. “The cages that were shown, very inappropriate, they were built by President Obama and the Obama administration — not by Trump.”

    “The press knows it, you know it, we all know it,” he said. “I’m the one that stopped it.”

  8. rikyrah says:


    Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) Tweeted:
    #BREAKING: Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, along with 14 other parents, were just indicted on *new* charges (conspiracy to commit money laundering) related to the college admissions scandal. https://twitter.com/RVAwonk/status/1115675123972026369?s=17

  9. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒😒😠😠

    Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) Tweeted:
    When AG Barr just said he will not even attempt to seek permission of the Chief Judge of the DC Federal Court to disclose to Congress the grand jury information in Mueller’s report – that was the moment transparency died. https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1115638107448184833?s=17

    • eliihass says:

      Like Beauregard and the ‘generals’ John Kelly, Jim Mattis etc. before him, Bill Barr needs to know that this won’t end well for him.. No amount of kissing the b*tt and doing the crooked bidding of a traitor is going to satisfy the insatiable narcissism or cure the psychosis of a treasonous buffoon with daddy issues..

      If he can track down the suddenly silent and now slinkered away Matthew Whitaker, he can ask him..

  10. rikyrah says:


    Brittany T. Oliver ♀ (@brittuniverse) Tweeted:
    I didn’t want to be the one to rain on your parade today, but Candace Owens is an opportunist of white supremacy. Malcolm X, Booker T Washington and Marcus Garvey – all of your favs – were Black conservatives who believed in Black capitalism, which is the root to conservatism. https://twitter.com/brittuniverse/status/1115680824471330816?s=17

    • eliihass says:

      Sorry, but so-called black ‘conservatism’ no matter how clothed and presented, has always always smacked of base opportunism and groveling to white supremacy and being positioned at the behest of massa …sprinkling it with some convenient striving for a sort of semi-altruistic capitalism that may touch a few others in the black collective, doesn’t in the end gloss over the crux of things: the self-interested need to self-advance by hook or by crook and courtesy of massa.. society’s holder of the gourmet bread, the best butter and the quality bread and butter knives..

  11. LOL! He blocked me. He came in my mentions tho. But see how they are when faced with the truth? Why are they mad?

  12. rikyrah says:

    Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) Tweeted:
    Is Stephen Miller racist?

    Miller’s classmates: Yes
    •MAGAs: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Miller’s Rabbi: Yes
    •MAGAs: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Miller’s Uncle: Yes
    •MAGAs: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Rep Ilhan Omer: Yes

    🤔 https://twitter.com/QasimRashid/status/1115612585217462272?s=17

    • majiir says:

      She has a big d@mn nerve, objecting to a replaying of her own words. I love the way Rep. Lieu confronted her with her own words, and she got angry and tried to pretend she didn’t say what she really said. She thinks she shouldn’t be held responsible for her hateful, divisive, pandering on behalf of white supremacy/nationalism. What she doesn’t seem to realize is that the Caucasians she hangs with don’t think she’s any better than other Persons of Color. If our @sses are persecuted by this government, hers will be, too. The whole world got to witness her being exposed by a member of her own government. She really deserved this.

    • eliihass says:

      I’d like to believe her poor grandpa is suffering from dementia and isn’t there of his own volition..

      And shame on the family for joining in on their idiotic daughter’s greed hustle and jigging for massa..

  13. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    It’s clear Trump hates it when other people don’t break laws on his behalf. You got to wonder about the people he is not firing. Are they breaking laws for him? https://t.co/hgm0MKJrhj

    — Ferik (@On_Politike) April 9, 2019

  14. rikyrah says:

    I don’t want or need the Barr Report. We must demand the Mueller Report.

    — meta (@metaquest) April 9, 2019

  15. rikyrah says:

    The media’s romanticizing of Beto and Buttigieg completely overlooks the five veteran female lawmakers running for the Dem presidential nomination. It’s the sexist gatekeeping of 2016 all over again. https://t.co/5N4xQjy1lb

    — DAME Magazine (@damemagazine) April 8, 2019

  16. rikyrah says:

    Tax pro here in CA. Way behind due to explaining to every client why they owe more. Not a lot of happy taxpayers in my office this year. What a lousy mess of a law. Good luck to the politicians who voted for this mess. Taxpayers are angry.

    — (momofcb) (@QReturns1) April 9, 2019

  17. rikyrah says:

    After lobbying by @TurboTax, Congress is about to ban the IRS from offering a free tax filing service
    In lots of countries, taxes take minutes to file and are free.
    We’re curious: What country are you in and how long does it take to file your taxes? https://t.co/BeDGFYfiOq
    — ProPublica (@propublica) April 9, 2019

  18. rikyrah says:

    Rather: Trump era tests rule of law in the United States
    Dan Rather, president and CEO of News and Guts, talks with Rachel Maddow about similarities between how the Watergate era progressed and the current stage of the Trump Russia scandal.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Prosecutors praise Patten help in ‘a number’ of unnamed cases
    Rachel Maddow reports on the contents of the sentencing memo filed by federal prosecutors in the case of Sam Patten. While prosecutors cited Patten’s cooperation, they were not specific about the nature of the cooperation or what cases used his testimony.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Trump determined to take kids from immigrant families despite law
    Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, talks with Rachel Maddow about the effort to prevent Donald Trump from ignoring courts and re-implementing his deliberately cruel policy of taking children from immigrant families to discourage future immigrants.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Trump consolidates power with staff of ‘acting’ officials
    Rachel Maddow looks at how Donald Trump has allowed executive staffing to wither down to a collection of “acting” officials who were not subject to Senate confirmation and who are kept aware that their employment is contingent upon fealty to Trump.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) Tweeted:
    EXCLUSIVE: Lawyers for Prince William are scrambling to suppress reports of his affairs, claiming publications are violating his “human rights.” https://t.co/zNRkZzVSlv https://twitter.com/NoahShachtman/status/1115583302386188289?s=17

  23. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : April 9, 2019

    Opusculum: noun oh-PUSK-yuh-lum

    Definition: a minor work (as of literature) — usually used in plural

  24. rikyrah says:

    Bringing receipts 🤔🤔

    Ms. Imani (@ImaniKushan) Tweeted:
    Since ADOS founder Yvette Carnell wants to laud accusations of COINTELPRO, let’s discuss that angle.
    How many of you know that Yvette Carnell was a writer for the ultra right wing, Tea Party affiliated website Sodahead?
    After,she started “Breaking Brown”.
    Not a right wing plant? https://t.co/XvMOWMc6qg https://twitter.com/ImaniKushan/status/1115444676541206529?s=17

  25. We are in a hell-hole, y’all. Will it ever come to an end?

    • eliihass says:

      I hold out faith, SG..

      We must..

      The reign of terror and those who power it, ultimately all comes to a grinding halt, implode and fizzle out …with nary a whimper..

      If it helps any, just think: Roger Ailes..

  26. rikyrah says:

    Under questioning from Rep. Cartwright about whether he had considered the consequences of DOJ’s position on Obamacare for Americans who’d lose their health coverage, Barr gives quite a response: “If you think it’s such an outrageous position, you have nothing to worry about.” pic.twitter.com/nfPh0igLYr— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 9, 2019

    • eliihass says:

      William Barr is seriously feeling himself right now.. and boy, is he in for a wake-up call..

      Somebody ought to tell him that it’s only a matter of time now before that previously automatically bestowed faux-mask of being a ‘respectable’, credible ‘professional’ will be finally ripped off to bare his shameless, callous grifter face …and he’ll be a deservedly broken and disgraced pariah… persona non grata of the treasonous buffoon order, scurrying away with his tail between his legs.. never again to be seen or heard from in decent society..

  27. rikyrah says:

    Lips pursed.

    Abrams is trying to burn it all down so she can rise triumphantly in the ashes
    APRIL 05, 2019 04:19 PM, UPDATED APRIL 05, 2019 04:19 PM

    One of the legitimate critiques in the media of President Donald Trump is that he has continued to feed and stoke grievances to keep people angry. There seems to be a deliberate effort to keep people angry and divided. There must always be a villain. The media, more often than not, overplays all this, but there some legitimacy to the critique.

    It is also what losing Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is doing. Speaking to a progressive group in Washington, Abrams declared that she won in 2018. That has to come as news to everyone considering she was in Washington instead of the Governor’s Mansion last week.

    Abrams then claimed that “black people faced hour-long lines — up to four hours — waiting to cast their ballots.” Her implication was that white voters did not face long lines. Abrams has repeatedly done this since her loss. In fact, white voters faced the same long lines as black voters. The problems on Election Day transcended racial lines and had nothing to do with racial discrimination.

    Abrams went on to clearly suggest the system was stacked against black voters and Republicans were doing it intentionally. I have no doubt a lot of Democrats truly believe that. The problem is this is a grievance fueled by distortions, misrepresentations, and lies. It is Abrams’ path to 2022. She intends to keep people as divided as possible with racial grievances. If the state burns down in racial hostility, she will gladly serve as governor of the ashes.

    • eliihass says:

      It’s the racist idiot Erick Erickson..

      This is how his racist ilk react when they’re worried and are threatened by the very existence of a formidable black woman..

  28. rikyrah says:

    Media Alert:
    Skip Gates’ Special on Reconstruction begins tonight on PBS.

    While Jim Crow was hard, I have to think that Reconstruction was devastating.
    All we have ever wanted, after being free, was just to be left alone. To do and work and live and prosper. And, to see what was possible in the years right after slavery ended…and to see it taken away…
    Reconstruction was always a hard thing to read.
    The title of Coates’ last book- We Were 8 Years In Power

    …when I first heard it, I thought he was referring to 44. Then, he explained it that it was referring to Reconstruction-era politicians.
    They never ever worried about us being incompetent. They worried about us being successful. Successful Negros were always the greatest threat.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) Tweeted:
    I have yet to hear one good reason why @RepJerryNadler should not be permitted to immediately view the complete Mueller report.

    The House has full impeachment power, and Nadler chairs the committee that has jurisdiction over impeachment. https://t.co/uPJyuj4Z0s https://twitter.com/renato_mariotti/status/1115387029532102658?s=17

  30. rikyrah says:

    Bodak Red 🥂 🥂 (@AFarray) Tweeted:
    Seems to me, Harris made an unpopular but courageous decision. Back to the hatchet job drawing board, @CNN. https://t.co/kg187QDKYd https://twitter.com/AFarray/status/1115458202580258817?s=17

  31. rikyrah says:

    Ya think?
    Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) Tweeted:
    seems Mueller didn’t want to let the AG create impression that he in some way “approved” the letter https://t.co/aqYYQwHjnX https://twitter.com/UrbanAchievr/status/1115614212863201280?s=17

  32. rikyrah says:

    Answer to that is yes….
    Along with her investigating all questionable police shootings….

    The police department that has caused this city to spend over SIX HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS to settle police misconduct lawsuits isn’t used to being questioned, let alone charged.😠😠

    theGrio.com (@theGrio) Tweeted:
    Much vitriol has been sent Kim Foxx’s way since her office dropped all the criminal charges against Jussie Smollett.

    She wonders if her race has something to do with the intensity of such bashing.

    https://t.co/I5YMAZNSuo https://twitter.com/theGrio/status/1115615571708710912?s=17

  33. rikyrah says:

    Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) Tweeted:
    Trump believes rebooting family separation will deter migration, despite the fact the first time he separated families it didn’t deter migration.

    It did, however, lead to families making more dangerous remote crossings — which resulted in the deaths of two young children. https://t.co/UETsYZGS9d https://twitter.com/jacobsoboroff/status/1115325005829529600?s=17

  34. rikyrah says:

    Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiNBC) Tweeted:
    A generation of aging whites is literally trying to block the young immigrants needed to pay their Medicare & Social Security.

    “An aging population and declining birthrates among the native-born population are creating underpopulated cities and towns, vacant housing.” https://t.co/r8X02SyPAv https://twitter.com/HeidiNBC/status/1115602327631609856?s=17

  35. rikyrah says:

    Sam Stein (@samstein) Tweeted:
    Barr confirms that Mueller didn’t review his four page summary of the report. Though an offer was made and declined. https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1115613831873609730?s=17

  36. rikyrah says:


    ITV News (@itvnews) Tweeted:
    Theresa May arrives in Berlin for Brexit talks with German leader Angela Merkel – but no one is there to greet her https://t.co/JLjVtSSMrW https://t.co/1jKcsiOa1h https://twitter.com/itvnews/status/1115575691272171520?s=17

  37. rikyrah says:

    Robert Reich (@RBReich) Tweeted:
    I can’t remember this ever happening before. Republicans in Congress are encouraging pharmaceutical companies not to cooperate with an investigation into drug prices.

    Once again, they’re siding with Big Pharma at the expense of the American people.
    https://t.co/ZE1psCT8G6 https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1115391706688417794?s=17

  38. rikyrah says:

    Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) Tweeted:
    He’s dismantling the US government before our very eyes.

    We today have no:

    Defense Secretary
    DHS Secretary
    Interior Secretary
    UN Ambassador
    WH Chief of Staff
    DEA Administrator
    Secret Service Director

    Call it what it is = A COUP.
    https://t.co/xxnkbW7HSa https://twitter.com/AmandiOnAir/status/1115324901529980929?s=17

  39. rikyrah says:


    45…get your hands off Puerto Rico’s Medicaid (@Kamalaallday) Tweeted:
    I just watched a white Bernie supporter, hiding behind a black avi, try to isolate a black Woman from AAVE bc she knew she couldn’t keep up. She tried to shame her for using “black vernacular” to appear black. She knew she’d get exposed when it became obvious she couldn’t https://twitter.com/Kamalaallday/status/1115563997250633730?s=17

  40. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒

    BIE (black identity extremist) (@contrapopulist) Tweeted:
    If you’re just now in 2019 realizing that Bernie Sanders has deep antipathy towards “foreigners” you deserve no credit for realizing what the middle aged “shitlib” wine moms and Black voting rights activists immediately saw in 2015. https://twitter.com/contrapopulist/status/1115413090731012096?s=17

  41. rikyrah says:

    In yesterday’s example of Meghan McCain has no home training,
    Joy Behar supplied the look that launched 1000 Twitter memes. Kevonstage has his own interpretation .😂😂😂


  42. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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