President threatens to close border with Mexico next week

30 March, 2019, 00:46 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard shrugged off Trump's threat in a Twitter post that emphasised the countries' ties.

Alejandra Mier y Teran, executive director of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce in San Diego, said the mere threat of border closures sends the wrong message to businesses in Mexico and may eventually scare companies into turning to Asia for their supply chains.

'It is overwhelming us locally, as well as overwhelming the system nationally, ' Landrum said.

The infographic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the number of people granted asylum in the United States since 1975.

Most immigrant families coming to the USA don't plan on staying in the border towns they cross through, but rather to meet up with family throughout the country.

President Donald Trump threatened to close the southern border if the Mexican government does not take more active measures to quell the migrant flood during a Thursday night rally in MI.

Trump's tweet risked undermining his administration's diplomatic efforts on immigration, and came as Mexico said it planned to set up a "containment belt" of federal forces to stem an increasing flow of Central American migrants. "But they chose not to ... We will close the damn border".

Mr Obrador said: "We respect president Trump's position, and we are going to help".

"Besides, we lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking etc".

"We've been fostering a good relationship with state, local and county community leaders", he said.

But a border shutdown would disrupt tourism and commerce between the United States and its third-largest trade partner, which totaled $612 billion past year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

"We'd be looking at losses worth billions of dollars", said Kurt Honold, head of CCE, a business group in Tijuana, Mexico. "It's obvious he's not measuring what he says".

The threat to close the border reiterated statements that Trump had made at a rally in MI on Thursday night where he threatened to "close the damn border". "It's a con job", he said.

Trump has threatened to close the border before but not followed through.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez speaks beside U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen during a multilateral meeting at the Honduran Ministry of Security in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 27, 2019.

"That breaking point has arrived this week at our border", McAleenan said during a visit to the border in El Paso, Texas.

Overall, attempts to get across the border into the United States illegally are down substantially from a decade or more ago.

However, Levy said some asylum seekers told her they had been waiting in the area for their asylum claims to be processed for as many as four days, with young children, including toddlers, left sleeping on dirt and gravel below a bridge.



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