An upcoming book contends that Donald Trump wanted to prevent migrants from entering U.S. territory by shooting them in their legs and setting up a trench filled with alligators and snakes.
The New York Times (NYT) published Tuesday an article about the upcoming book "Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration," in which anonymous officials revealed some of President Donald Trump's ideas to halt undocumented migrants. Chief among these 'ideas', were proposals like securing the border with snake-filled trenches and shooting migrants in the legs.
"Privately, the President had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh," a presidential adviser said, as reported by the NYT.
"After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him."
According to the book's authors, NYT reporters Michael Shear and Julie Davis, Trump's unconventional ideas appeared in meetings held between March and April, when a restructuring of the U.S.immigration policy was sought.