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Trump says '100%' ready to shut down Mexico border

04 April 2019

Kudlow spoke as Trump took a step back on Tuesday from a threat to close the southwestern border to fight illegal immigration, crediting Mexican officials with taking big steps in recent days to apprehend more USA -bound migrants crossing their country.

Trucks delivering goods from Mexico to the United States are facing up to 12 hours of gridlock, drivers said, after a transfer of us border agents to immigration duties slowed the flow of commercial traffic at several border crossings.

"If you start with this nonsense of closing the border, there's no longer an argument", he said.

The White House is backtracking slightly on President Trump's recent threats to close the U.S. -Mexico border on security concerns.

For his part, Trump praised Mexico on Tuesday for stepping up efforts to stop the flow of migrants crossing their territory. We need to get rid of chain migration."We need to get rid of catch and release and visa lottery". The most recent came over the weekend, and the threat was subsequently backed by White House officials so this one carries a bit more weight.

He also has turned his ire on Congress, which he said must change the policies that allow illegal immigrants to game the US system and ensure it takes years to try to deport them. "They are apprehending people", Trump said.

He also noted that the trade of the United States with Mexico "exceeds $1.7 billion daily, and almost half a million people legally cross the southern border every day as workers, students, shoppers, and tourists". "I have to have security", said Trump. The fact that this would be an extreme logistical challenge, involving tremendous planning and follow-through, is a good indication that Trump would be not be successful at doing it. CNN also reminds us there would be legal challenges galore, meaning that Trump could threaten to do it, have it shot down by the courts, and then simply tell his base that he did everything he could.

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The Mexican Embassy reached out to automakers over the weekend to sound the alarm, automakers said on the condition they not be named.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen left a series of G7 meetings in Europe and rushed back to Washington D.C. It also exports $32.5 billion worth of parts from United States automakers and parts manufacturers to assembly plants operating in Mexico.

Automakers exported almost 2.6 million Mexican-made vehicles to the United States, in 2018, accounting for 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States. She also ordered the expansion of a pilot program to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico while their cases are pending.

The effects were evident Monday: Sergio Amaya, a 24-year-old American citizen who lives in Juarez, Mexico, and attends UTEP, said it normally takes him two minutes to cross the bridge. When the Otay Mesa, California, entry port closed for the night Monday, 150 trucks were still waiting to get into the U.S.

"Mexico is a significant trading partner with the United States and an even greater percentage with Texas", said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

But she said there are many other critical parts, from seat belt anchors to engine components that also come from Mexico, and can't be replaced by USA factories any time soon.

"The system is on fire", a DHS official said.

Trump says '100%' ready to shut down Mexico border