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President Who Cried Wolf? Real Border Alarms Now Seem Hollow

In this April 5, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in Calexico, Calif. When Trump insisted last year that the border was in crisis, his warnings landed with a thud. Now, as the situation at the border has deteriorated to a level of alarm, Trump is again being met with skepticism, even as members on both sides of the aisle agree that there is a legitimate humanitarian emergency, with federal authorities and non-profits unable to cope with the influx of tens of thousands of Central American families seeking refuge in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
BY JILL COLVIN

WASHINGTON (AP)
— When President Donald Trump insisted last year that America’s southern border was in crisis, his warnings landed with a thud.

Making unverified claims about “unknown Middle Easterners” and prayer rugs found by ranchers, Trump drew eye rolls from Democrats and many others, who derided his tactics as little more than an election-year stunt .

Now, …

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