Mexico is apprehending more migrants. Is it due to Trump?
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Apr 08, 2019,
Apr 08, 2019, 1:45
"No, we're witnessing people that are going to be brought out of the country, the country is full", Trump told Fox News' Griff Jenkins after being asked whether the second generation of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is forming amid new immigrant arrivals, many accompanied by children.
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"The system is full and when it's full, there's nothing you can do", he said.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that the administration will expedite the return of migrants to Mexico and speed up plans to deploy additional personnel to the border.
Trump also threatened to impose auto tariffs if the country didn't step up its apprehension of migrants transiting through the country to the USA from Central and South America.
Though Trump, who has pulled a series of about-faces in recent days, walked away from this threat to close the border, he still intends to highlight conditions at the boundary with Mexico.
Until Thursday, the White House had been signalling that Trump could imminently order a full or partial closure of the huge border in response to what Trump says is a "crisis" and "national emergency".
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The filing came a day after House leaders voted to authorize a lawsuit against Trump over his national emergency declaration and on the same day when Trump visited California's southern border city of Calexico, 250 km southeast of Los Angeles, and inspected construction works of the border wall there.
On Friday, the Migration Institute said on Twitter that 57 Cubans were sent back to Cuba by plane in the morning.
The IRS has said that Trump could release his returns even while under audit. Arrests along the southern border have soared in recent months, and border agents were on track to make 100,000 arrests or denials of entry in March, a 12-year high.
The threat then evolved earlier this week when Trump began to push the responsibility from Mexico to Congress, after the White House began to claim that Mexico was doing more to stop border crossings and shifting its one-week ultimatum to an indefinite deadline.
"This policy chaos, coupled with a sense that the USA government may at some point really shut down the border, has generated an urgency to migrate now while it is still possible", he said. Its detention of foreigners, nearly all Central Americans, surged to 198,141 over the next year, from 127,149.
Whatever the reasons for the migrant surge, there is a growing consensus that federal border resources are overwhelmed.
Last week, the Pentagon notified the US Congress that it had transferred Dollars one billion to begin new wall construction at the US-Mexico border at the behest of the US President.
Trump is counting on seizing funds from other federal accounts and shifting them for the construction, a move being challenged in federal court because Congress has not given approval.