Trump, without evidence, says Arizona 'bracing' for surge of immigrants

Last Updated: Dec 07 2018 10:56

WASHINGTON: Arizona “is bracing for a massive surge” of immigrants along a portion of the U.S. southern border that does not have a protective fence, reiterating his call for Democrats to back funding for his proposed border wall, U.S. President Donald Trump said without evidence on Thursday.

Trump wrote in a post on Twitter, appearing to maintain pressure on lawmakers seeking to approve legislation to keep the government open through to Sept. 30 next year “Arizona, together with our Military and Border Patrol, is bracing for a massive surge at a NON-WALLED area. WE WILL NOT LET THEM THROUGH.”

The Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon did not respond immediately to requests for comments.

Trump, who has made the construction of the wall a foundation of his presidency, has demanded $5 billion this year from Congress for the boundary and has threatened to shut down the government if lawmakers do not accede.

Democrats have argued the wall would be ineffective at ending illegal migration and stemming the flow of illicit drugs across the border.