A review of President Trump’s statements on Twitter, in campaign speeches and during interviews shows that the president’s views on the border wall have shifted repeatedly.
“This should set off all kinds of red flags,” said one advocate, fearing the land grab will violate civil liberties. Others say it will harm the environment.
The number of border crossings is on the rise as migrants and smugglers appear no longer deterred by the president’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
President Trump and a delegation of lawmakers from both parties engaged in a vigorous discussion of immigration, in effect negotiating legislation in front of the nation.
President Trump said he would be willing to “take the heat” politically for a sweeping immigration deal, which could alienate some of his supporters.
Experts say some measures targeted are more effective than a wall, resulting in an approach a Republican congressman called “a third-century solution to a 21st-century problem.”