Trump Suggested Shooting Migrants in Legs to Slow Them Down: NYT
President Trump privately floated costly and dangerous ideas to stop the flow of migrants from the southern border, reportedly telling senior staff that shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down might work as a deterrent. According to The New York Times, Trump mulled over ideas like fortifying the border wall with a “water-filled trench” with “snakes or alligators” inside, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate for the idea.
The president also is said to have suggested making the wall electrified, and installing spikes capable of piercing human flesh. Aides reportedly had to inform Trump that shooting migrants in the legs or shooting them when they threw rocks was not allowed.