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The president of the United States, Donald Trump, suggested a few months ago to shoot in the legs the immigrants who crossed the border with Mexico irregularly, according to an article published Tuesday by 'The New York Times'.
The newspaper, which cited a dozen White House officials on condition of anonymity, made a reconstruction of the weeks that in March and April led to the restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for US immigration policy.
According to this article, Trump, frustrated by the increase in the flow of migration on the border with Mexico and the failure of the strategies until then adopted to stop it, privately proposed a series of heterodox measures.
The president, for example, proposed to complement the wall at the border with a moat full of water and full of alligators and snakes ; a project for which he even asked for a quote from his advisors according to 'The New York Times'.
In that context, Trump also wanted to electrify the border barrier or install spikes that could pierce the human body. That was when the president proposed to shoot immigrants in the legs so that they could not move forward.
Trump already said in November 2018 that the military deployed at the border were allowed to open fire if they were attacked by immigrants who were then going to the US by caravan from Honduras.
This time, however, the president went further by suggesting that they be shot for the mere fact of crossing the border without papers. According to sources consulted by 'The New York Times', in both cases the advisors had to clarify to Trump that it was not allowed to shoot the migrants.
In addition to the restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security with officials he trusts, Trump also came up with the idea of threatening Mexico with tariffs to pressure the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador on immigration, something he ended up doing weeks later.
His initial idea had been to completely close the border, but his advisors convinced him after days of meetings that it was unfeasible.
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