Trump walks back threat to shut down Mexico border

Trump walks back threat to shut down Mexico border

His administration is grappling with a surge of Central American migrants trying to enter the USA, and Trump said last week he'd seal the border in the coming days if Mexico did not immediately halt all illegal immigration into the U.S.

"They don't do anything for us. we're giving hundreds of millions of dollars to these three countries", Trump said.

"If this happens - and I certainly hope it doesn't - I'd hate to go into a grocery store four or five days later and see what it looks like", Jungmeyer said. But Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier Tuesday told reporters in the White House's South Lawn driveway - the new de facto briefing room - following a hit on usually pro-Trump Fox News that her boss wants Democrats to make clear to what they would agree.

According to Trump, blocking the border would be a punitive measure against Latin American countries who allegedly had not done enough to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. She said Democrats must help address the issue of illegal immigration to keep ports of entry open.

But he said he's still ready to call for sealing the legal border crossings unless he sees results from Mexico and from Capitol Hill. The institute said that, starting in April, Mexico would encourage people to apply for visas in their home countries. "They are all talk and no action", Trump tweeted Thursday.

President Trump on Tuesday stood by his threat to close the southern border, as his aides said that it is one of a number of options being explored to tackle the growing crisis there.

In addition, politicians, business leaders, analysts and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have warned of the "severe economic harm" such a move would cause.


"If you can close down the border when you're mad at anything, what is the value of a deal?" he said.

Parts makers that supply United States assembly lines could shut down, because the auto plants don't have a place to store massive amounts of unused parts.

Accoridng to DHS, "Secretary Nielsen further directed CBP to immediately expand the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a DHS initiative to return aliens to Mexico to wait during the pendency of their US immigration proceedings".

That's especially true since, while Mexico's the United States' third largest trade partner, it's the second destination for exports, said Jorge Guajardo, Mexico's former ambassador to China. Some, like the Chevrolet Blazer SUV, are only made in Mexico.

After the speech, Margo pushed back, tweeting that "El Paso was never one of the most unsafe cities in the U.S". "I am not kidding around", the president said then, plainly exasperated by the migrant flow.

"Wait times in Brownsville (Texas) were around 180 minutes, which were two times the peaks of previous year", said a senior DHS official on a call with reporters. And there were 150 trucks in Otay Mesa, California, still waiting when the border station closed for the day.

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