The New York Times is reporting President Trump privately pushed for shooting migrants and for creating a “water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators” along the U.S.-Mexican border. The Times also details how Trump has privately proposed other radical measures to curtail immigration, including closing the entire U.S.-Mexico border and building an electrified border wall topped with spikes to pierce human flesh. The Times reveals Trump has repeatedly raised the idea of shooting migrants during staff meetings. The paper reports, “After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.” The Times article is based on a new book, “Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration,” by Times reporters Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis.