Against a long-standing threat, President Trump apologized this weekend to cut off direct assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, whose citizens are fleeing north and overpowering overwhelming US resources, including organized caravans that are white House has warned may eventually lead to the closure of the entire southern border with Mexico.
The dramatic move comes only days after Mexican Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero has threateningly warned that "the mother of all caravans" could soon be coming from the three nations. 19659003] "We have information that Honduras is forming a new caravan called the" Mother of All Caravans "and they think it could have more than 20,000 people," Sanchez Cordero said Wednesday. A much smaller group of about 40 migrants left the weekend, and a separate caravan of nearly 2,500 people is currently crossing its path through Mexico.
Jeh Johnson, the former Minister of Homeland Security, announced on Saturday that America has a "crisis" on the southern border and that the number of arrests exceeds anything he had experienced during his time under former President Barack Obama.
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On Saturday, the US Department of State put these words into action and told Congress that it would be paying for 2017 and 2018 to the trio of nations hosting some of the migrant caravans that marched Mexico to Mexico , will expose the US border.
In tweets released on Saturday, Trump accused the Democrats and Mexico for problems at the border and beyond. He said Progressives are only concerned with changing domestic demographics to ensure more liberal voters.
Repair our weak and very stupid Democrat-inspired immigration laws, "Trump wrote Saturday," in less than an hour and a poll, the problem would be solved. But the Dems are not interested in the crime, they do not want victory for Trump and the Republicans, even if they are good for the US! "19659003] As for Mexico's role, he tweeted:" Mexico has to apply its very strict immigration laws to to stop the many thousands of people trying to get into the US. Our detention rooms are exhausted and we will not take in any more illegals. Next step is closing the border! This will also help us to stop the drug flow from Mexico!
The move comes when Trump, who was reaffirmed following the conclusion of Russia's Special Counsel Robert Mueller agreement, pledges to secure the borders and stop arriving caravans during a fiery rally earlier this week.
When the reporters asked Trump on Friday what the closing of the border could mean, he said, "It could mean all trade with Mexico," adding, "We'll close it for a long time."
Trump has been promising for more than two years he plans to erect a long, impenetrable wall on the border to stop illegal immigration, even if Congress does not provide the necessary funds, but in the meantime he repeatedly threatens to close the border at a time when a new group is in danger Moving north from migrants, he set a fixed schedule and proposed to make a border visit to the border within the next two weeks.
significant closure could particularly affect Sa cross-border communities Diego to South Texas, supermarkets selling Mexican products, factories relying on imported parts, and other companies in the US
According to the US Chamber of Commerce, the US and Mexico trade about $ 1.7 billion worth of goods daily. Closing the border would be "an ongoing economic debacle" that would jeopardize 5 million American jobs.
New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke against stopping Central American assistance on Saturday, saying, "Foreign aid is not charitable, it supports our strategic interests and finances it Initiatives that protect American citizens. " 19659003] And a group of House Democrats who visited El Salvador condemned the government's decision to cut aid to the region.
"During our visit to El Salvador, we examined the importance of US aid to Central America to tackle the causes of family and child migration. We are extremely disappointed to learn that President Trump intends to provide assistance to the United States Region, "said the statement of five legislators, including the deputy Eliot L. Engel o. Af New York, who chairs the House's Foreign Affairs Committee. "The president's approach is completely counterproductive."
The Trump government threatened to reduce or discontinue US support for Central America. However, Congress has disapproved of most of these cuts, and this year's Congressional Research Service report states that any change to this funding depends on what Congress is doing.
MEXICO warns of the paramount "mother of all caravans"
Shortly before a widespread closure of the border, Minister of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, said the US could close the designated entry ports to staff for the processing of parents and children. Entry ports are official border crossings used by local residents and commercial vehicles.
Many people who illegally cross the border ultimately seek asylum under US law, which does not require the entry of asylum seekers at an official border crossing. Most people who seek asylum are eventually turned down because asylum seekers have to demonstrate a specific and credible fear of persecution – it's not enough just to claim that the conditions in their home country are economically poor.
Border officials allegedly plan more too The number of asylum seekers sent back across the border fortyfold quadrupled, from 60 to almost 250 cases. Criminal networks demand thousands of dollars per person to move migrants across Mexico, increasingly in large groups to remote areas of the border.
"We want to have a good relationship with the United States Government," said Lopez Obrador. He added, "We will continue to help ensure that the flow of migrants passing through our country does so in an orderly manner according to the law."
Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's foreign minister, tweeted that his country was "not acting on threats" and "the best neighbor" the US could have.
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Alejandra Mier y Teran, executive director of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce in San Diego, said the mere threat of border closures sends a false message to businesses in the country Mexico, and could eventually scare companies to embark on Asia chains.
"I think the impact would be devastating on so many fronts," said Mier y Teran, whose members rely on the Otay Mesa intersection to bring televisions, medical devices and a wide range of products to the US As far as the long-term effect is concerned, you basically shoot yourself in the foot. It sends a message to other countries that "Do not come because our borders will not work at any time." This is very scary and dangerous.
Griff Jenkins and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.