Trump Puts A Timeline On Closing The Border With Mexico

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

 

President Donald Trump threatened to close the U.S. southern border next week in a tweet Friday if Mexico “doesn’t immediately stop” illegal immigration into the U.S.

“If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States throug[h] our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING … the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “This would be so easy for Mexico to do, but they just take our money and ‘talk.’ Besides, we lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking etc.), that the Border closing would be a good thing!”

Trump had said he “[m]ay close the Southern Border!” on Twitter Thursday. (RELATED: Trump Calls For Adam Schiff’s Forced Resignation)

The president is raising the issue as recent reports show that the U.S.-Mexico border is at a “breaking point.” Customs and Border Protection was forced to close down highway checkpoints near El Paso, Texas, to shift resources to deal with a spike in illegal immigrant apprehensions this past weekend, reported the Texas Tribune.

Trump talked about closing the southern border in response to inaction from the Mexican government during a Thursday night rally in Michigan as well.

“Mexico could stop them so easy. . . . If they don’t, it’s going to cost them a hell of a lot of money. . . . We will close the damn border,” he said.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador weighed in on Trump’s accusation that he was “doing nothing” to stop illegal immigration into the U.S. before the rally happened Thursday.

“We respect president Trump’s position, and we are going to help,” Lopez Obrador told reporters Thursday, adding, “this is a problem of the United States, or it’s a problem of the Central American countries. It’s not up to us Mexicans, no.”

Trump’s warning comes as he continues trying to secure funding for a southern border wall, which he promised to building during his campaign. Democratic lawmakers are not happy that the Pentagon plans to reallocate $1 billion for border wall construction.

 

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3 Responses to Trump Puts A Timeline On Closing The Border With Mexico

  1. Carrie Strobach April 4, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Stop talking about it and do it! Close it all off!

    Reply
  2. sam March 31, 2019 at 12:53 am

    what about the americans on easter in mexico?

    Reply
  3. Patti March 30, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Shut the border down… Mass deportation do not let any illegals inn and give away our tax dollars

    Reply

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