Trump threatens to close U.S.-Mexico border

Trump threatens to close U.S.-Mexico border

U.S. imports from Mexico rose 10 percent in 2018, widening the trade deficit with Mexico by 15 percent, to a total of $80 billion, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president emphasized, "I am not kidding around".

Most of that time was spent denigrating the investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

Threatening drastic action against Mexico, President Donald Trump declared on Friday he is likely to shut down America's southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. The official said Border Patrol has ceased charging those illegal immigrants amid the increasing number of families crossing the border and seeking asylum and an uptick in other criminal cases that have left them with no detention space.

Short of a widespread shutdown, Nielsen said the USA might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children.

Ports of entry are official crossing points used by residents and commercial vehicles.

"With these numbers, if we have to close ports to take care of all the numbers coming, we will do that", she said.

Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, reacted angrily to Trump's latest statements.

"Mexico does not act on the basis of threats". So, Mexico's tough, they can stop them, but they choose not to.

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Thursday the evidence shows the immigration system is cracking under the strain.

"The DEMOCRATS have given us the weakest immigration laws anywhere in the World".

Trump pointed out that Mexico has strong immigration laws, while the US has "the weakest, the most pathetic laws".

Asked if he would close the Mexican border to all trade, Mr Trump told reporters "It could be to all trade". Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border this month, over half of which are families with children.

"Mexico for many years made a fortune off of the US, far greater than border costs".

"That breaking point has arrived this week at our border", McAleenan said during a visit to the border in El Paso, Texas.

Mr. Trump lashed out at Mexico, accusing the country of failing to stop the tens of thousands of Central Americans traversing its territory, and said the border cut-off he envisions will punish America's southern neighbor.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday conceded there is a problem, even as he pointed out that his country was not responsible for the situation. "And the arms of government are swinging too slowly to protect the American people", she said.

To manage the crush, US Customs and Border Protection is reassigning 750 border inspectors from their usual duties at the ports of entry to help Border Patrol keep pace with arrivals in between ports of entry.

"We are going to help, to collaborate".

With a border crisis spiraling out of control, President Trump issued an ultimatum Friday to Mexico and to Democrats in Congress.

"So there's a very good likelihood that I'll be closing the border next week, and that'll be just fine with me", Trump said. Earlier this week, the Democratic-controlled House failed to get enough votes to override Trump's veto of a bill that revoked the president's national emergency on the border.

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