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CNN’s Acosta Visits Border, Talks To Residents Who Say Trump’s ‘National Emergency’ Is Nonsense

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CNN’s Acosta Visits Border, Talks To Residents Who Say Trump’s ‘National Emergency’ Is Nonsense




CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday ahead of a visit by President Trump to see for himself the “crisis” at the border the president has been claiming has risen to the level of a “national emergency.”

The president on Thursday said he is nearing a decision to declare a national emergency on the southern border.

“If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it, I would almost say definitely,” Trump told reporters. “This is a national emergency…If we don’t make a deal, I would say 100%. I don’t want to say 100% because maybe something else comes up. But if we don’t make a deal, I would say it would be very surprising to me that I would not declare a national emergency and just fund it through the various mechanisms.”

As Acosta walked along a section of the steel border barrier near McAllen, Texas, he noted how “tranquil” the situation appeared to be.

“All quiet on this stretch of the border ahead of Trump’s visit to McAllen TX area,” Acosta captioned the video showing an empty field near the razor-wire fence between the United States and Mexico.

“I found some steel slats down on the border,” Acosta wrote in a subsequent tweet. “But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation…at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”




“And here are some of the steel slats the president has been talking about, right here,” Acosta said in a video as he examined a stretch of steel slats barriers on the border. “As you can see, yes you can see through these slats to the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border. But as we are walking along here, we aren’t seeing any kind of imminent danger. There are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence here in the McAllen, Texas, area. As a matter of fact, there are some other businesses behind me along this highway. There’s a gas station, a Burger King and so on. But no sign of the national emergency that the president has been talking about. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty tranquil down here





Acosta also shared an interview he conducted with a McAllen resident named Nadine.

“I was just wondering, do you find that there are immigrants coming from Mexico and hurting people over here, shooting, murders, that kind of crime going on here,” Acosta asked Nadine, who said she had lived in the border city for over a decade.

Nadine said that the only “shootings” she’s heard of is related to local crime and has nothing to do with immigrants crossing the border. She described the area as “very calm” and “very safe.”

Jose, a life-long resident of McAllen, also confirmed to Acosta that the area is very safe.





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