Trump bemoans immigration woes in Texas — live updates

By Kathryn Watson

/ CBS News

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President Trump is in Texas Wednesday afternoon to rally supporters, as he continues his push for a tougher immigration system and threatens to close the border if Mexico or Congress doesn't stop the flow of immigrants coming into the U.S.

Mr. Trump began his day-long trip in San Antonio, where reporters were, without warning, ushered into what was supposed to be an event closed to the press at a private country club. There, the president declared that many are dying as they cross the border, and good people are getting killed by bad people, in his words. His graphic descriptions were echoed by a supporter seated next to him.

"We find dead people from Guatemala Honduras from El Salvador, from Mexico, all over," the president said. "… Many many dead people, many."

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"Nobody has any idea how bad this is," Mr. Trump added.

The president's next stop is Crosby, Texas, where he's speaking to the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center. There, he'll be signing executive orders on energy infrastructure. His final stop will be in Texas for another roundtable with supporters and more remarks at a joint fundraising committee dinner.

The president's comments Wednesday connecting crime and immigration come as the White House is aiming to enforce stricter immigration policies by cracking down on asylum grants and other means. Those intentions for stricter policies are accompanied by the departures of top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, the most prominent one being DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen herself. Wednesday marks her last day on the job.

First published on April 10, 2019 / 2:55 PM

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Kathryn Watson

Kathryn Watson is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital.

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