US President Donald Trump told Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, now acting secretary of Homeland Security, that he would be pardoned if he were sent to prison for blocking the entry of immigrants into the country. , according to CNN.
The channel, which cited senior officials, said Trump made the remarks during a visit to the border area of Calexico, California, and said it was not clear if he was joking.
According to these sources, the president told McAleenan that "he would forgive him if he ever went to jail for denying immigrants entering the United States."
McAleenan was appointed acting secretary of Homeland Security on Sunday, replacing Kirstjen Nielsen.
In this regard, a spokesman for said department told CNN that "at no time did the president indicate, request, direct or pressure the interim secretary to do something illegal."
The spokesman also ruled out that McAleenan will take measures that do not agree with the government's responsibility to "enforce the law".
On April 5, Trump threatened to sanction Mexico due to drug trafficking and attacked the asylum system in his country, to the point of asking his immigration agents to deny entry to the undocumented who request refuge on the border.
The president demanded to close the door to the hundreds of immigrants, many of them Central Americans, who arrive at the border every day and say they fear being persecuted in their countries, hoping to obtain asylum in the United States.
"The system is full, we can not accept them now, either asylum or whatever they want (the undocumented), I'm sorry, but (they) turn around," Trump said during an event with Border Patrol agents and other authorities in El Centro (California).
The departure of Nielsen was the first of a series of changes in the Department of Homeland Security, which affected the heads of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) and the head of the Secret Service, Randolph Alles.