WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump threatened to close down the country's southern border or large parts of it on Friday, next week, if Mexico does not immediately stop illegal immigration.
& # 39; & # 39; If Mexico Does Not Respond Immediately Stop ALL Illegal Immigration to the United States Coming Across Our Southern Border to the US. I'll close the border or much of the border next week. & # 39; & # 39 ;, Trump said in a tweet. "That would be so easy for Mexico, but they just take our money and talk."
Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been arguing over whether there really is a "crisis" at the border, especially in the midst of Trump's quest for a border wall to solve immigration problems. Wisconsin, Republican Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee of the Senate, said Thursday the immigration system is breaking under the strain.
The President called on the Congress to immediately change the United States' weak immigration laws he cited, Democrats.
Arrests along the southern border have shot up in recent months. Border guards are on the right track to carry out 100,000 arrests and refusals this month, more than half of them families with children's entry ports to allow the border patrol to keep pace with arrivals between the ports of entry. The head of the agency held a press conference in El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, announcing that the breach had occurred.