Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump Visits Southern Border After Threats to Close It

Trump Visits Southern Border After Threats to Close It

"Also, I'm looking at an economic penalty for all of the drugs that are coming in through the southern border and killing our people", he told reporters in Washington before departing for southern California.

Trump said Thursday that media coverage in recent days has prompted Mexico to make moves to curb the flow of immigrants to the United States and to take other actions to ease the pressure on us ports of entry.

You know right now we have the president kind of backing off of the "let's seal the border completely" threat. Our country is full.

But Trump, who ratcheted up his hard-line immigration rhetoric in recent weeks, declared that his move, which included vetoing a congressional vote, was necessary.

The border crisis, Trump said, is a direct result of the obstruction by Democrats in Congress.

Though, the wall was requested during President Obama's time in office, and eventually funded and constructed during Trump's presidency.

Trump cooled that conversation on Thursday, saying that he would give Mexico a year to do more to block migrants and drugs from crossing into the U.S. The governor issued the strong criticism in a statement Friday as the president arrived in California to visit the U.S. -Mexico border.

The Republican president's latest pronouncements, including a threat to impose auto tariffs on Mexico, are in response to a rising number of migrants, many of them families with children, travelling northward from Central America through Mexico and to the USA border.

'I never changed my mind at all. "I may shut it down at some point".

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It wasn't immediately clear how Trump's threat of vehicle tariffs would affect the agreement, and the president indicated he didn't care.

This comes after the president pulled the nomination of Ron Vitiello to lead ICE. "We going to tariff the cars, Mexico, if we have to", he said.

He said that the walls have resulted in a decline in illegal immigrants. But Flores was an unaccompanied 15-year-old girl from El Salvador.

According to figures provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials the number of people arrested for illegally crossing the border rose from 47,986 in January to 66,450 in February. "I just went through a hoax".

It was a privilege to tour the border with President Trump and my colleagues. Trump's administration has been pushing Congress to pass legislation that would tighten asylum rules.

Newsom says that since its founding, the United States has been a refuge and safe haven for people fleeing tyranny, oppression and violence. "His words show a total disregard of the Constitution, our justice system, and what it means to be an American", said Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

"In terms of any new tariffs, we would have to discuss them in terms of a relationship between two trade partners who are in the process of modernizing a trade agreement", she added, referring to NAFTA, the existing trade agreement that the new USMCA deal seeks to update. More than half of those are families with children.

But on Thursday he shifted his tone, and sought to highlight what he claims is major action being taken by Mexico to stop migrants entering through its own southern border. The wall - really a huge fence - is 30 feet tall and made of reinforced steel slats which are spaced apart so guards can see through them.

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