Monday, 22 July, 2019

Trump retreats from Mexico border closing, threatens auto tariffs instead

Many pharmacies and dentist office line the streets near the port of entry in Nogales Mexico Many pharmacies and dentist office line the streets near the port of entry in Nogales Mexico
Ginger Lawrence | 06 April, 2019, 20:25

In walking back his threat to close the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump said Friday he would override his pending US-Mexico-Canada Agreement to impose a 25% tariff on cars made south of the border if Mexico doesn't help stem the flow of undocumented immigrants into the United States.

While there are Democrats who have echoed the Trump administration's alarm about the surge in Central American asylum seekers trying to enter the country across the southern border, they have been careful not to use the term "emergency", given the legal implications. "Our country is full", he said at a meeting with border patrol officers and other officials in Calexico, California.

"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!"

In February of this year, 77,000 people were detained attempting to cross the southern border, the most in any month since 2009.

Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama's Homeland Security secretary, has been the most prominent Democrat to acknowledge what he said was a "crisis" at the border, in remarks that have been widely circulated by Republicans and conservative news outlets in recent days. The new trade pact is now awaiting congressional approval.

Washington, US President Donald Trump paid a visit to the US-Mexico border on Friday, following a week of confusing comments over whether he'd shut it down.

For years, Trump's solution to illegal immigration was to build a wall on the border, which he originally said Mexico would pay for. Vitiello has been acting head since last June of the agency that enforces USA immigration law in the interior of the United States.

Shortly after, Trump visited a section of recently refurbished border wall - something he wants extended across far more of the US-Mexico frontier - and said illegal immigrants had previously been "pouring" in.

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"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".

After inspecting the 30-foot "bollard wall" at the Calexico-Mexicali border, the president flew on to Los Angeles for a private fundraising event in Beverley Hills with a key GOP donor, reported to be healthcare executive Lee Samson.

"If the drugs don't stop - Mexico can stop them if they want to - we are going to tariff the cars". "If that doesn't work, which it will, I will close the Border", he wrote. "Trump's end run around Congress clearly usurped their appropriation authority".

Mike Vigil, a former chief of global 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.

"He's blaming Mexico for our drug problem", Vigil said, adding that his words could hurt bilateral cooperation in battling drug-trafficking.

As of March 5, CBP saw a 300 percent increase in family units, which have an easier time being released into the United States because of laws preventing children from being deported or turned away at the border. He called on Congress to scrap the current the asylum system, and reiterated his desire to "get rid of judges" who rule against his immigration policies.

On Thursday, a Mexican federal police plane flew dozens of Haitians home.

Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation, but Trump said Friday that he wanted to go in a 'tougher direction'.