"The system is full" - Trump tells migrants

Apr 08, 2019, 01:49

Trump visited the California border city of Calexico, where he toured a section of the new border wall being constructed.

Facts first: While CNN could not verify Trump's claims of the last two days, the apprehension rate in Mexico did see a recent increase over the first two days of April.

House Democrats have filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border.

He has since tried to circumvent Congress and seize the money for his wall from other accounts by declaring a national emergency, but that strategy is mired in the courts. Families, many traveling from Central American countries, made up more than half of those numbers, CBP said.

The Republican President's latest pronouncements were in response to a rising number of migrants traveling northward from Central America through Mexico and to the USA border.

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The President's visit comes days after he gave Mexican authorities 12 months to severely limit the flow of illegal immigrants into their country or face new tariffs on produce and automobiles.

Indeed, ICE has set free more than 125,000 people who came into the U.S.as families since late previous year and is now busing people hundreds of miles inland, releasing them at Greyhound stations and churches in cities like Albuquerque, San Antonio and Phoenix because towns close to the border already have more than they can handle.

Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday that if the "powerful incentive" but "less drastic measure" doesn't work, he'll go through with his standing threat to close the U.S. -Mexico border.

Trump also threatened to impose vehicle tariffs if the country didn't step up its apprehension of migrants transiting through the country to the US from Central and South America. The furor over family separations last summer helped to highlight the fact that families won't be detained for long in the US if they're detained at all.

All three immigration agencies - which are part of the Department of Homeland Security - have been under intense scrutiny for enforcement and detention practices along the US southern border.

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Earlier Trump said in Washington that the danger of shutting down their border is working slowly because Mexican officials have started to stop people from going to America. 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.

Since October, ICE had to release 126,000 people, Special Agent in Charge Dave Shaw said at the roundtable with Trump.

"Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country, and I would hope we would not be doing that", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned. The White House did not respond to a request for elaboration.

As with his 2016 campaign and its pledge to build the wall, Trump's emphasis on border security is likely to remain key to his 2020 re-election bid.

Mike Vigil, a former chief of worldwide operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said the amount of drugs smuggled into the United States annually was probably in the range of $50-$60 billion. "I know about hoaxes".

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