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    Trump Accused of Offering Pardon in Border Shutdown Bid

    Has he crossed a line? The New York Times reports that while urging his Customs and Border Protection commissioner to close the U.S.-Mexico border, he said he’d pardon him in the event of legal trouble. He soon named that official, Kevin McAleenan, to replace ousted Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of Homeland Security, which has denied the Times report.

    What else is happening with immigration? Trump has also set social media alight with his abortive threat to dump the burgeoning population of asylum seekers into “sanctuary cities,” whose officials say they’d be happy to receive them.

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