President Trump Arrives at US-Mexico Border in Southern California

President Trump Arrives at US-Mexico Border in Southern California

President Donald Trump retreated from threats to immediately close the border with Mexico over migration, instead abruptly pivoting on Thursday to a new demand: that the Mexican government stop the flow of illegal drugs into the US within a year or face auto tariffs.

During the roundtable, Trump said the immigration system is full, regardless of whether the individuals seeking to come into the United States are seeking asylum or not, CNN reported.

"Our country is full", Trump said in a warning to migrants.

"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!"

At the same time, Trump proclaimed that Mexico "has been absolutely terrific for the last four days", arresting "thousands" of Central American migrants before they could reach the us border.

Trump has yet to complete any new mileage of fencing or other barriers anywhere on the border.

Trump, during Friday's roundtable on the border, called his one-year warning on a southern U.S. border closure "fake news". Border officials have said they need 722 miles (1,162 km) of new or replacement barriers.

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"Ron's a good man, but we're going in a tougher direction", Mr. Trump said.

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Trump said he could still order the border closed later. Trump's ideas could be especially tough for senators facing re-election in 2020 in Colorado, Arizona and North Carolina, swing states with sizable Latino and immigrant populations.

Praising Mexico for moving recently against drug traffickers, Mr Trump said: "If they continue that, everything will be fine. If they don't we're going to tariff their cars at 25 percent".

"I also am looking at an economic penalty for all of the drugs that are coming in through the southern border and killing our people".

The move comes roughly four months after news reports revealed that Border Patrol was falling far short of lofty recruitment goals set by President Donald Trump, and that the agency in fact was on track to end 2019 with fewer agents.

"They're apprehending people now by the thousands and bringing them back to their countries, bringing them back to where they came from". "This is a National Emergency!" the president tweeted earlier this week. 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.

It also was unclear where Trump got the $500 billion figure. We probably bring those vehicle companies back into the United States. The president has said the wall is needed to prevent criminals and terrorists from pouring into the United States.

Mexico's foreign minister told Reuters last week that more could be done to register immigrants. But the government backed away from that policy after a surge in those requesting the documents and amid criticism from Washington. "This will supersede USMCA". More than 60 Cubans were flown home last week.

Twenty states have filed a motion to block Trump's attempt to divert federal funds through an emergency declaration, the NY state attorney general said on Friday.

For many years, families arriving at the border were typically released from USA custody immediately and allowed to settle with family or friends in the US while their immigration cases wound their way through the courts, a process that often takes years.

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