'How many Pakistani's?' interrupted by Trump
As the partial government shutdown entered its 20th day, leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work or working without pay, Trump has chosen to visit the border town of McAllen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley.
US- Mexico border is long been talked about for illegal immigration. To counter it and in an effort to keep on the campaign promises to "build that wall," President Donald Trump has refused to back down on his demand that Congress to allocate $5.7 billion for the project, plunging the government into a weeks-long shutdown after Senate Democrats refused to back a spending bill with the wall funding. Of the 1,933 miles along the border, 1,279 miles is unfenced.
After negotiations with Democrats broke down, in a publicity ploy to help make the case for funding his long-promised wall the president visited the Texas border on Thursday – the 20th day of a partial government shutdown.
During the visit while the law enforcement official was briefing Trump about the individuals from several South Asian nations who attempted to cross the porous border with Mexico, he mentioned 41 different countries from where people were apprehended including countries like India, Romania, Pakistan ... to which Trump interrupted the enforcement official and asked "How many Pakistani's? “ “It was two yesterday,” the border security official told the President. Amidst the increasing tensions between US and Pakistan, this question has sparked a lot of controversies globally.
The main motive of Trump traveling to the US-Mexico border was to have a first-hand assessment of the crisis at the international border, which has been experiencing a large flow of illegal immigrants, the majority of whom are from Central Asian nations and to push the Congress to allow funding for the wall. However, If the shutdown continues into the weekend, it will become the longest government closure in US history.