Fox News contributor Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of Donald Trump (Eric Trump’s wife), urged Americans living on the Mexico-U.S. border to “arm up and get guns and be ready” to use potentially lethal force amid a recent surge in border crossings by refugees from Central America.

Salon reports, Lara Trump calls on Texans and Arizonans to “get guns and be ready”:


“I don’t know what you tell the people that live at the southern border,” Trump ranted during a Saturday interview on Fox News’ Jeanine “Judge Box of Wine” Pirro. “I guess they better arm up and get guns and be ready, and maybe they’re gonna have to take matters into their own hands.”

“People should never make this dangerous journey here,” she continued. “It’s bad for Americans. It’s bad for the migrants. It’s bad all around.”

Lara Trump’s remarks were widely rebuked online.

Russell Foster, a Democrat currently running for Congress in Texas, called her comments “dangerous,” saying: “The former president’s daughter-in-law is calling for people to shoot immigrants. It’s worse after multiple mass shootings over the last few days in Texas and elsewhere. This could lead to an uptick in hate crimes across the country.”

Others on Twitter expressed a similar sentiment to Foster, noting that Trump’s comments sound like an explicit call for violence.

Pam Keith, a Democratic congressional candidate in 2020 tweeted:

David Weissman, a columnist for Demcast, echoed:

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Just to be clear, the vast majority of these Central American refugees on the border are seeking asylum in the United States.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explains Refugees and Asylum status:

Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.


Refugee status is a form of protection that may be granted to people who meet the definition of refugee and who are of special humanitarian concern to the United States. Refugees are generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm. For a legal definition of refugee, see section 101(a)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

You may seek a referral for refugee status only from outside of the United States. For more information about refugees, see the Refugees section.


Asylum status is a form of protection available to people who:

      • Meet the definition of refugee
      • Are already in the United States
      • Are seeking admission at a port of entry

You may apply for asylum in the United States regardless of your country of origin or your current immigration status. For more information about asylum status, see the Asylum section.

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Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:

      • Race
      • Religion
      • Nationality
      • Membership in a particular social group
      • Political opinion

If you are eligible for asylum you may be permitted to remain in the United States. To apply for asylum, file a Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, within one year of your arrival to the United States. There is no fee to apply for asylum.

You may include your spouse and children who are in the United States on your application at the time you file or at any time until a final decision is made on your case. To include your child on your application, the child must be under 21 and unmarried. For more information see our Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal page.

Mary B. McCord, senior litigator and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, and a former career DOJ official who was acting assistant attorney general for national security during the Obama administration and beginning of the Trump administration, explained years ago, Governors can stop private militias from massing at the border (excerpt):

The governors of the border states do not have to sit idly by while groups like the Minuteman Project deploy to the border with high-powered assault rifles, aerial drones, and night-vision goggles. These governors have legal tools in their arsenal to prevent this. Every state that borders Mexico, including Texas (and 48 of all 50 states), has a provision in its state constitution that requires the military to be at all times subordinate to the civil authority. That means private, unregulated and unauthorized militias – operating wholly outside public accountability – are prohibited by state law. In addition, both Texas and Arizona have criminal statutes barring private armed militias, while California and New Mexico ban private paramilitary activity.

The border state governors can start by making public statements that the deployment of private militias to their states is both illegal and unwelcome. They can send letters warning the leaders and organizers of these militia groups, such as Gilchrist and McGauley, that their members will be requested to cease and desist any military deployments in their states, and if the members persist, they will face legal action. And the governors can make it clear that state law enforcement authorities will enforce the criminal laws that prohibit armed private militia activity.

UPDATE: The lawless GQP governors of Texas and Arizona are not going to do this. They are pandering to the white nationalist MAGA/QAnon personality cult of Donald Trump because they both want to succeed the “Orange Julius” Caesar as the the next nominee of the Party of Trump in 2024. Anti-immigrant hysteria is going to get innocent people, who have already been victimized, killed. Ducey, Abbott ask other 48 governors to send law enforcement to help patrol US border.

Inciting vigilante violence – declaring open season – against Central American refugees on the border seeking asylum, virtually all of them unarmed (the “coyotes” are armed), many of them women and minors, ought to be prosecuted as vigorously as prosecuting inciting an insurrection against the United States government. The Trump crime family needs to be prosecuted. Enough is enough.