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Trump threatens to close border

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/29/19, 01:39 pm

President Donald Trump on Friday warned he might close the southern U.S. border and called on Congress to change immigration laws amid a recent flood of unauthorized migrants. “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 president said in a series of tweets.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters earlier this week that the U.S. border with Mexico is at a “breaking point” with unprecedented numbers of people crossing illegally or coming to points of entry and claiming asylum. “CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our Southwest border,” he said. “On Monday we saw the highest total of apprehensions or encounters in over a decade, with 4,000 migrants either apprehended or encountered at ports of entry in a single day. Yesterday we broke the record again with 4,117.” McAleenan said most of the apprehensions and encounters involved migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the United States, adding that holding facilities are overrun.

Border officials detained more than 75,000 migrants in February, the highest number in 12 years. More than 7,000 of the detainees were unaccompanied children.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 03/29/2019 05:40 pm

    75,000 in February, apparently on track for over 100,000 this month. 

    Tell me that is not a crisis.  

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 03/29/2019 07:47 pm

    Well, in 2000 there were 1.64 million immigrants apprehended on the border.

    In 2018 there were 396,000.  In 2016 there were around 420,000.

    So no, it's not a crisis.

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 03/29/2019 07:48 pm

    Oh good, another trade war.  Since the one with China went so well.  And it's with Mexico, those people Trump excels at negotiating with!  Hey, when are they going to pay for the wall, again?

  • Xion's picture
    Posted: Sat, 03/30/2019 11:47 am

    Detaining even a single potential Democratic voter is called immoral, but breaking the law is not. 

  • 2Tired
    Posted: Sun, 03/31/2019 02:08 am

    Central American has roughly 47 million people (not including Mexico). What portion  has to arrive here before it becomes immoral to stop them?

    US sanctions on Mexico's leaders until they stop the invasion will be far more effective than fences. Nothing like hitting a person's pocket book to get their attention. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 04/01/2019 01:41 am

    Mr. Kloosterman, it's looking like over a million this year, unless something changes.  Border authorities are saying they are overwhelmed by "asylum seekers" and are having to just book and release.  Call me cynical, but my feeling is that a substantial number of those released will simply disappear into the US, not report later as instructed. 

    Some will use fake ID and get jobs, some will work for cash.  Those hiding here in plain sight will not have legitimate drivers licenses and vehicle insurance, thus will be hard to hold accountable for accidents.  Those working regular jobs with fake ID will end up forfeiting the money withheld by their employers for taxes, but those working for cash will not be paying taxes.  It's probably not possible to determine if that adds up to a net drain or net profit for the US Treasury, but still, it's violation of our laws.

    Those with fake i.d.s generally can still get their kids in school and receive emergency medical care, SNAP cards in some states, other benefits and services depending on locale, all of which we the legitimate citizens and taxpayers are footing the bill for. 

    I have no idea why so many of you liberals are unable to see that your misplaced "compassion" for those who come here illegally is actually causing detriment to your fellow citizens.  If you are that compassionate, how about personally and directly sponsoring some of those people?