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Trump Says Border Wall Has Worked in San Antonio, a City 150 Miles North of the Border That Has No Wall

Ahead of his planned speech on Saturday to address immigration and the ongoing government shutdown, President Donald Trump made the case for his border wall to reporters outside the White House.

“Everybody knows that walls work,” Trump said. “You look at different places they put up a wall, no problem. You look at San Antonio, you look at so many different places. They go from one of the most unsafe cities in the country to one of the safest cities, immediately.”

One problem with Trump’s claim: San Antonio, in Texas, is some 150 miles from the border with Mexico. It does not have a border wall.

To make matters more interesting, San Antonio’s congressman is Republican Will Hurd, who has repeatedly dismissed Trump’s wall as pointless.

In a recent interview, Hurd called the president’s border crisis a “myth” and said a border wall is “the most expensive and least effective way to do border security.”

Trump’s speech is set for 3 p.m. According to Axios, he will propose a compromise on immigration to Democrats: $5.7 billion of wall funding in exchange for the BRIDGE Act, which would extend protections for DACA recipients.

[H/t Adam Best]

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