Mexico responds to some of Trump's demands on migrants

Mexico responds to some of Trump's demands on migrants

Mexico responds to some of Trump's demands on migrants

"So turn around, that's the way it is".

At the same time, the U.S. House of Representatives is threatening to sue to block Trump's transfer of money to pay for a border wall along the border with Mexico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

Regardless, the tariffs option signaled a retreat from previous suggestions that the border might be shut down, at least in parts, within days.

'There is indeed an emergency on our southern border, ' Trump said at the briefing, adding that there has been a sharp uptick in illegal crossings.

President Donald Trump (C) and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (R) during a roundtable on immigration and border security at the Border Patrol Calexico Station in Calexico, Calif., on April 5, 2019.

"Within two years we will have close to 400 miles built or under construction & keeping our Country SAFE - not easy when the Dems are always fighting to stop you!"

President Trump is met with support during his visit to the California border town of Calexico.

"I don't think we'll ever have to close the border because the penalty of tariffs on cars coming into the United States from Mexico at 25 percent will be massive", Trump told reporters at the White House.

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One person familiar with the president's thinking said that Mr. Trump believed that Mr. Vitiello did not favor closing the border, as the president had proposed before backing off that threat this week.

Mr. Trump walked away from his border closure threat just days after he also abruptly postponed Republican efforts to work on a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. "I just went through a hoax", which is how he refers to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of his campaign's ties to the Russian government. Democrats generally oppose Trump's wall proposal, suggesting instead other types of enhanced border security that they argue would be more effective and less costly. Before becoming the acting director of ICE, he served as the deputy ICE director, the acting deputy commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The tariffs idea is also causing confusion.

The president later backed off that threat, saying he would give Mexico a "one-year warning" to stem the flow of illegal drugs entering our country from the southern border. However it was not clear if he meant that both for the drug smuggling and migration, or whether he wanted the migration issue resolved immediately.

The president has backed off from shutting down the border, instead saying he'd slap tariffs on cars coming to the US from Mexico.

Leaders of the three countries signed the USMCA in November after more than a year of negotiations.

The comments come in the wake of an escalating immigration crisis, with data suggesting Customs and Border Protection is on track to apprehend nearly 1 million illegal immigrants at the border this year, and threats to close the southern border.

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