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Roundtable: President Trump’s Border Closure Threat

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President Trump visits the border amid his latest closure threat, complaints about privately-run military housing at Camp Pendleton, and the new suicide-prevention barrier on the Coronado bridge.

PANEL: Steve Walsh, reporter, KPBS News; Lori Weisberg, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune; John Wilkens, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Aired: April 5, 2019 | Transcript

Trump visits border, backs off closure threat

President Donald Trump visited Calexico on Friday to view progress on his border wall replacement project. The trip to Southern California caps a week of threats by Trump to close the border if U.S. lawmakers and Mexico don’t do more to reduce the flow of asylum seekers and illegal border crossings. Also this week, several local mayors visited Mexico for a cross-border business summit and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors sued the Trump administration over its decision to end its safe release policy for asylum seekers.

RELATED: San Diego, Interrupted: Trump’s Threats To Close The Border Slow Cross-Border Trade

Military housing complaints at Camp Pendleton

Congress is looking into complaints from families that live in privately-run military housing. A mother who lives on Camp Pendleton tells KPBS that her home was inundated with mice and other pests. She claims the military and the private housing company that manages the property were slow to respond to her complaints. The family was moved to a different home after she told her story on social media. Congress is considering a plan to expand protections for those who live in military housing.

RELATED: Concerns Over Private Military Housing Touch Camp Pendleton

Suicide barrier installed on Coronado bridge

After months of planning, design and deliberation, bird spikes are now installed along the walls of the Coronado bridge. The spikes are intended to be more of a psychological than physical barrier. Since the installation, several people have taken their lives by jumping from the bridge. Caltrans is looking at the possibility of additional barriers and is studying what’s been done to other large bridges around the world.

More information about suicide prevention can be found by calling The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

RELATED: Coronado Mayor Discusses Suicide Prevention Barriers

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