Trump cuts foreign aid, threatens to close Mexico border

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The Department of Homeland Security said it is redeploying hundreds of Customs and Border Protection personnel to the U.S. -Mexico border in an emergency surge operation, as the president threatens to shut down the border entirely.

"If Mexico doesn't immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week".

The administration's punitive response to the crisis was to cut off financial aid to the Guatemalan, Honduran, and Salvadoran governments who they believe have not done enough to stop the migrants from traveling north, and to threaten the closure of the U.S. -Mexico border.

On Fox Nation's "My Take" Monday, Judd said caravans of migrants are arriving at the U.S. -Mexico border at "strategic locations", and they are "overwhelming our resources".

Speaking to US ABC's This Week show, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday the President had few other options in the absence of any support from Democrats for more border security or legislative action to change US immigration laws.

After Congress earlier this year refused to fund Trump's request for money to build a border wall, he declared a national emergency to tap money allocated for other programs to build the wall. "You can take the president seriously".

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., on President Trump's threat to close the USA border with Mexico.

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"When a border is closed or barriers to trade are put in place, I absolutely expect there would be an impact on consumers", said Monica Ganley, principal at Quarterra, a consultancy specializing in Latin American agricultural issues and trade.

The State Department said in a statement that it will suspend 2017 and 2018 payments to the trio of nations that have been home to some of the migrant caravans that have marched through Mexico to the U.S. border.

And a group of House Democrats visiting El Salvador denounced the administration's decision to cut aid to the region.

In two months of testimony, almost every level of the Mexican government has been depicted as being on the take: Prison guards, airport officials, police officers, prosecutors, tax assessors and military personnel are all said to have been compromised.

Right now, about 60 asylum seekers a day are returned to Mexico but are allowed to return to the U.S. for court dates. This has overwhelmed the system. "What we need to do is focus on what's happening in Central America". "The president's cutting off aid to these countries will not solve that problem", Senate minority whip Dick Durbin told NBC News' Meet the Press.

Mexico's leftist government has addressed the migrant caravans by offering thousands of short-term humanitarian visas allowing migrants to live and work in the country.

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