President Trump threatens to close border with Mexico next week

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President Trump directly threatened to "close the border" or "large sections of the border" by next week should Mexico fail to crackdown on the steady stream of migrants making their way towards the United States' southern border.

"CONGRESS MUST CHANGE OUR WEAK IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW, & Mexico must stop illegals from entering the USA through their country and our Southern Border", Trump said. "If Mexico doesn't immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States throug our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week", he wrote on Twitter.

Trump's initial warning came following comments made by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAlleenan, who said this week that the border was at its "breaking point", noting that there are not enough agents to respond to the flow of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. -Mexico border.

The U.S. and Mexico trade about $1.7 billion in goods daily, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be "an unmitigated economic debacle" that would threaten 5 million American jobs.

So far, the plan Department of Homeland Security says it will commit to is pulling some officers from legal ports of entry to help with the influx of migrants crossing illegally.

"We'd be looking at losses worth billions of dollars", said Kurt Honold, head of CCE, a business group in Tijuana, Mexico. Congress has not funded the wall and Trump has said he would use money earmarked for the military to pay for its construction.

In the early hours of Friday morning, the leader of the free world found time from his busy schedule of governing the wealthiest country on earth to slam the Democrats and bash Mexico while at it. He said "if someone tries the same thing, they have to know that the penalty will be very, very great, if and when they get caught".

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Trump said that in one of the cases "the father gave the child no water for a long period of time".

The official said the USA might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children.

Central American migrants wait for food in El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in a pen erected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to process a surge of migrant families and unaccompanied minors.

A shutdown could lead to factory closings on both sides of the border, industry officials say, as the automobiles and medical sectors have woven global supply chains into their business models. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border this month, over half of which are families with children.

On Friday, he said Mexico should do more to prevent Central American migrants from reaching the United States. "We all will, probably, but you at home, you're probably not going to sit down and read 300 pages, you want the summary". Trump has declared a national emergency to justify redirecting money earmarked for the military to pay for building a wall.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waved those calls aside on Friday at a public event in Veracruz state, asking his assembled supporters for their views.

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