DHS sending 750 more agents to U.S.-Mexico border over 'influx'

April FrancisApr 04, 2019

"If they close the border, I will have to close because I will not have clients".

Trump complained that the USA has the 'worst, dumbest immigration system in the world, ' and he said he's lobbying congressional Democrats to change it. "We're going to have a strong border or we're going to have a closed border", Trump said.

On Saturday Trump said in a tweet that he was prepared to shut border crossings to force Mexico to halt the flood of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.

To try to address the problem, the Trump administration in January started sending some migrants to wait out their U.S. court dates in Mexican border cities.

Jungmeyer, who works near the border in Nogales, Az., says more than half of the local economic output is related to fresh produce flowing between Mexico and the U.S.

The president said on Tuesday that he is more focused on security concerns than the impact closing the border would have on the USA economy.

A CBP facility in El Paso, Texas, temporarily closed checkpoints on the USA side of the border because officials said the facilities were overwhelmed with migrants.

Diverting those officers and other resources away from USA ports of entry along the Mexico border is already leading to increased wait times and logjams for commercial trucks and vehicles entering the United States.

A border closure would squeeze United States corn, soybean and dairy farmers, too, if they can't ship their produce into Mexico.

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Republican lawmakers, economists and business groups largely disagree with that assessment and warned this week that closing the border could cripple the flow of goods and workers and devastate American automakers and farmers, as well as other industries that depend on Mexico for sales and goods.

On Monday night, Nielsen rushed home from Europe, where she was attending G7 security meetings, to oversee the response to what administration officials are calling a dire emergency at the southern border. "It may be that it's the best decision that we close the border". "Access to Mexico's marketplace and North American integration are critical to operations in the U.S.", he said.

Nielsen was creating an emergency operations center and named U.S. Border Patrol official Manny Padilla as an operational crisis coordinator to manage the response from within the different immigration agencies at the Department of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will travel to the southern border this week with plans to visit ports of entry and speak with law enforcement officials before joining President Trump in California on Friday near a section of border wall, DHS officials told Fox News.

But on Tuesday, the president said it was Congress that now has his eye. The U.S. and Mexico trade about 1.7 billion U.S. dollars in goods daily, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He has struck a softer tone this week, praising Mexico for taking a "big step over the past two days" and detaining "large numbers" of irregular migrants from Central America trying to reach the United States.

"We are seeing our border patrol commissioner make it very clear that we are at a breaking point", she told newsmen at the White House.

Five new pork packing plants opened in the U.S.in last few years, only to have export markets contract because of the trade wars, Monroe said.

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