Trump threatens to close Mexican border next week

Trump threatens to close Mexican border next week

 

President Trump on Friday threatened to close the Mexican border or parts of it next week, writing in a series of tweets that unless Mexico's government immediately stopped illegal crossings he would take the action.

The tweets come amid growing warnings from the administration about a crisis at the border, and more than a month after the end of a partial government shutdown triggered by a fight over Trump's demands for funding for a border wall. 

Trump blamed both Democrats in Congress and Mexico for the problems, accusing Mexico of making "a fortune" from the U.S. that is greater than its costs of protecting the border. 

He said Democrats were responsible for giving the U.S. weak immigration laws.

Trump made similar threats to shut down the southern border late last year, but ultimately ended up not following through on the threats.
 
The president's threat sets up his first confrontation with Mexico's new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported that it has reached capacity for housing migrants at facilities in both Texas and Arizona.
 
The overflow has resulted in Border Patrol agents releasing migrant families in groups of hundreds at a time in Yuma, Arizona, as well as El Paso, Texas, according to the agency.
 
In his tweets Friday, the president accused Mexico of avoiding taking action to stop illegal border crossings. 
 
"This would be so easy for Mexico to do, but they just take our money and 'talk,'" the president charged. "Besides, we lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking etc.), [sic] that the Border closing would be a good thing!"
 
CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said a day earlier that illegal border crossings had reached a "breaking point" for his agency.
 
“For the first time in over a decade, CBP is performing direct releases of migrants when [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is unable to provide bed space to relieve overcrowding,” McAleenan said. 
 
"We are doing everything we can to simply avoid a tragedy in a CBP facility,” he added. “But with these numbers, with the types of illnesses we’re seeing at the border, I fear that it’s just a matter of time.”
 
The news also comes just days after the president nominated a Washington-based attorney, Christopher Landau, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico. 

Original post can be found at The Hill

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