Trump tells migrants to go home because U.S. 'is full'

Saul Bowman
April 8, 2019

Before leaving Washington earlier Friday, Trump said that his previous threats to shut down the border had been successful in persuading Mexican authorities to clamp down by stopping migrants on their journey north.

"No, we're witnessing people that are going to be brought out of the country, the country is full", Trump told Fox News' Griff Jenkins after being asked whether the second generation of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is forming amid new immigrant arrivals, many accompanied by children. More than half of those are families with children, who require extra care.

Thanks for being with us. "It's a colossal surge and it's overwhelming our immigration system, and we can't let that happen". It was a privilege to tour the border with President Trump and my colleagues.

"Mexico has been absolutely terrific for the last four days", the president claimed, as he spoke to reporters as he left the White House.

"So turn around, that's the way it is", he said. A small number of the president's defenders - including about a half-dozen women wearing "Make America Great Again" hats - were also there, but dozens of police officers kept everyone away from the border site Trump would visit. He has since praised the country for doing more.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council meeting in the Cabinet room at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2019.

Twenty states filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to block the president's national emergency declaration, New York Attorney General Letitia James said on Friday.

All three immigration agencies - which are part of the Department of Homeland Security - have been under intense scrutiny for enforcement and detention practices along the USA southern border.

United States and Mexican automakers have highly integrated supply chains, and more than $100 billion in vehicles cross the border annually.

Both the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said their detention facilities are so overcrowded, they have had to release the apprehended migrants into the interior of the country before their cases are resolved by the extremely overburdened immigration courts. Mexico is the third-largest United States trading partner and any hold-ups at border crossings would have an immediate impact on trade.

Trump has abandoned his vow to shut the border imminently.

The US Canada and Mexico past year concluded a revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement that would limit US auto tariffs against Mexico. He blamed the border situation on the current immigration system and the Democrats' opposition to his border security measures.

Trump declared a national emergency last month to free up to $8 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the U.S. southern border.

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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