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Trump insists ‘actual emergency’ exists at US-Mexico border

Trump insists ‘actual emergency’ exists at US-Mexico border

Before touring a just completed 30-foot (9 metre) tall, 2.2 mile (3.5 km) barrier at Calexico, Trump said more US military resources will be dispatched to the border. Can't take you. Our country is full.

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"The system is full and we can't take you anymore".

"I think the president is always going to be quick to declare a victory even when he didn't have a hand in the fight, " Representative Pete Aguilar, a California Democrat, said Friday before the border visit.

Less than 24 hours after backing away from his threat to close the U.S. -Mexico border, President Donald Trump insisted on Friday that he "never changed" his mind and continued to warn of potential action against Mexico if it doesn't work to stem the flow of migrants north.

"So turn around, that's the way it is", he said.

Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, told CNN Friday morning that Trump is to blame for the recent surge of people trying to cross the border into the United States by creating a self-fulfilling crisis. Part of it is because of the fact that the country is doing so well.

Trump accused lawyers of coaching the migrants on what to say at the US-Mexico border to request asylum. "Security guards posted around the house could not estimate who or how many people attended, and the drivers of several tinted black cars around the neighborhood declined to identify their clients", the Beast reported, adding that guests attempted to put a good face on turnout, with an estimate of 400 attendees.

A plaque placed by US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen adorns the border wall after she inaugurated a newly renovated completed section in the El Centro Sector, at the US Mexico border in Calexico, California on October 26, 2018.

California's state attorney general, Xavier Becerra, used the president's visit Friday to announce that he was seeking a court-ordered injunction against Trump's executive order, which both chambers of Congress rebuked but lacked the needed majorities to override the first veto of Trump's presidency.

Trump: "Mexico has brought people back, they've told people you can't come in".

"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.

But by Thursday, Trump's demand morphed into a tariff threat.

It's become a complete mess for trucks hauling goods from Mexico to the US, snarling transport at some of the busiest border crossings in the world. He estimated that an average of 350,000 Central Americans cross Mexico each year. "It's a colossal surge, and it's overwhelming our immigration system".

Trump shut down the federal government for more than a month the longest shutdown in USA history and later declared a national emergency to free up billions of dollars to build his wall.

Numbers of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing violence in Central America have risen sharply, although there are enormous political divides on whether this constitutes the "national emergency" that Trump has declared.


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