Trump accuses DeSantis of copying border plan

by Jason Collins

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis presented his detailed immigration plan in Eagle Pass, Texas, this week, a plan that President Trump has accused DeSantis of copying.

“Well, his plan is my plan. I mean, he’s basically copied everything I said — catch and release, finish the wall.”

President Trump told Semafor reporters his thoughts on DeSantis’s border plan.

DeSantis presented his immigration plan that included ending birthright citizenship, and finishing the construction of the southern border wall. His plan also includes ending the “catch-and-release” of migrants as well as reinstating President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.

President Trump expressed that he believes that DeSantis’s plan is a copy of his own border plan, and his speech was a “rehash of all the things I did to have the safest and strongest Border in U.S. history.”

At the Texas event, DeSantis had explained the need for what many people, according to news outlet PBS, are calling an “aggressive” border plan. 

DeSantis also said, “There are people from halfway around the world coming through on this southern border because they know all you got to do is show up in the border and you’re going to get a ticket to come into the interior of the United States.”

In response to President Trump’s statements about the copied border plan, DeSantis told Fox News, “Well he said that in 2016 as well and then didn’t do it,” he said, specifically responding to Trump’s mass deportation pledge.

“I mean, they had some, but they didn’t have anything out of the ordinary, so, I think we would be much more assertive than he was in his first administration,” the governor continued.

Earlier this year, the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) released its budget plan, and included in the document were plans for a fully funded border wall. Both President Trump and DeSantis have vowed to tackle the current immigration problem in the U.S. 

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