Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

‘Our Country Is Full’: Trump Says Migrants Straining System

‘Our Country Is Full’: Trump Says Migrants Straining System

In a press gaggle before heading off to California to boast of his new-but-not-new wall on Friday President Donald Trump said that Mexico had recently increased its apprehension of migrants in response to his threat of shutting down the USA southern border.

It has been said that Trump has used more than enough of its constitutional powers by putting an emergency to build a wall on the border.

Mr Trump told journalists "our country is full" and declared the USA immigration system was overburdened and illegal crossings must be stopped immediately. We can't take you.

"I'm totally willing to close the border but Mexico over the last four days has done more than they've ever done", Trump said in Calexico.

In an interview with Fox News taped at the border on Friday and aired Saturday, Trump rejected the idea of calling an immigration "summit" with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports past year, making some component parts more expensive for vehicle makers - but hasn't pulled the trigger on auto tariffs. "They shouldn't be coming in", he said.

Trump declared a national emergency in February, a move that came after a partial government shutdown and was met with outcry from members of both parties who claimed he was interfering with Congress.

Mr Trump said he reversed course because he saw Mexico get tougher in stopping illegal immigrants from moving north. Opponents accuse him of raising the issue to slur migrants who have no connection with professional drug running operations.

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Since the threat, Mexico has been "absolutely terrific", Trump said. He said he'd give Mexico a one-year warning and potentially implement a 25 per cent auto tariff if the country didn't stop the flow of illicit drugs being smuggled into the US.

Trump's administration and the Canadian and Mexican governments previous year concluded talks on a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement that would be called the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

On Friday he backpedaled, tweeting that Mexico is "for the first time in decades" apprehending illegal immigrants before crossing the border. "If that doesn't work, which it will, I will close the Border", he wrote. For more on the president's visit and what's next.

A spokesman for the American Automotive Policy Council - which represents Ford, GM and Chrysler - did not respond for a request for comment Friday.

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. In El Paso, it's taking as long as 12 hours to cross into the US, up from about 1 to 2 hours on a normal day, he said.

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

BUT, I know a bunch of folks who do.

Trump said Thursday that media coverage in recent days has prompted Mexico to make moves to curb the flow of immigrants to the United States and to take other actions to ease the pressure on USA ports of entry.

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