Trump threatens to close USA border with Mexico next week

Trump Publicly Thanks Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro, Says He Hopes She’ll Be ‘Back Soon’

President Donald Trump issued a demand on Twitter that Mexico stop all illegal immigration at the southern border or he will close large sections of the border next week.

Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the US border, move on a road in Tapachula, Chiapas State, Mexico, Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Trump praised USA border officials for catching illegal immigrants at the border but acknowledged that border enforcement had "run out of space" to detain them all.

A senior Homeland Security official on Friday suggested Trump was referring to the ongoing surge of mostly Central American families crossing the border from Mexico, though many of those families request asylum under United States law. Congress voted this year to limit spending on such barriers to less than $1.4 billion, and Democrats accused Trump of ignoring lawmakers' constitutional control over spending.

How long they remain in the enclosure, set up late last month below the city's Paso del Norte International Bridge to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, depends on how many migrants cross the border, he said.

The result was that the agency was being forced to close highway checkpoints and to reassign inspectors from border crossings to deal with the crush of arrivals, McAleenan said.

However, Levy said some asylum seekers told her they had been waiting in the area for their asylum claims to be processed for as many as four days, with young children, including toddlers, left sleeping on dirt and gravel below a bridge. "We don't in any way want a confrontation with the United States", he said. The cause for the increase in family units crossing, McAleenan explained, was "a direct response to the vulnerabilities in our legal framework where migrants and smugglers know that they will be released and allowed to stay in the USA indefinitely, pending immigration proceedings that could be many years out".

President Trump tweets a threat to close the southern border as CBP warns the crisis has reached a 'breaking point'. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry this month, more than half of them families with children. Often times, asylum seekers will cross illegally into the USA awaiting to be found and processed by a border agent.

Build the wall and make Mexico pay for it was one of Donald Trump's rallying cries during the 2016 election campaign and it remains a divisive issue in United States politics. More than 36,000 migrant families have arrived in the El Paso region in fiscal 2019 with about 2,000 at the same time previous year, according to CBP data.

Pirro has always been one of Trump's most avid media supporters, and the president strongly advocated for her return, tweeting earlier this month that Fox News should "bring back" the anchor.

"I just emphasise that migration flows of Mexicans to the United States are very low, a lot lower".

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