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Trump in fight with Border Patrol union over Texas visit

Trump in fight with Border Patrol union over Texas visit

Reuters ^ | 7-23-2015 | Alistair Bell and Susan Heavey

Posted on 7/23/2015, 1:21:11 PM by Citizen Zed

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused the union that represents Border Patrol agents of bullying its members to pull out of hosting a visit by him to the U.S.-Mexican border in Texas on Thursday.

The developer and reality TV star said leaders of the National Border Patrol Council in Washington put pressure on its local representatives in Laredo to scrap their participation in the “boots on the ground” border trip.

Trump caused an uproar with accusations last month that Mexico sends rapists and other criminals to emigrate to the United States. He has also promised to build a wall on the border and make Mexico pay for it.

Local members of the Border Patrol union had been ready to accompany Trump, who has outraged Mexicans with incendiary comments about immigrants, but announced early on Thursday that they had abandoned the plan after discussions with union leaders.

“They were totally silenced directly from superiors in Washington who do not want people to know how bad it is on the border — every bit as bad as Mr. Trump has been saying,” the candidate said in a statement.

He said he would go ahead with the visit on Thursday “despite the great danger.” A spokesman for the union’s national office was not immediately available for comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at mobile.reuters.com …

via Trump in fight with Border Patrol union over Texas visit.

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