Trump Threatens to Close U.S.-Mexico Border If Mexico Doesn’t Stop Migrant Caravans

By Melanie Arter | March 29, 2019 | 8:28pm EDT
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( – President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico doesn’t stop the migrant caravans headed for the United States from Central America.

During a visit to Herbert Hoover Dike in Canal Point, Fla., Trump said Mexico has “ the strongest immigration laws anywhere in the world,” while the U.S. has “the weakest, the most pathetic laws.”


“We have right now two big caravans coming up from Guatemala – massive caravan, walking right through Mexico, so Mexico’s tough. They can stop them, but they chose not to. Now they’re gonna stop them, and if they don’t stop them, we’re closing the border. We’ll close it, and we’ll keep it closed for a long time. I’m not playing games,” he said.

“Mexico has to stop it. They have people coming right through Mexico. It’s a long very dangerous journey. Mexico sends buses. They send trucks,” the president said.

Mexico tried stopping some migrants, but “they don’t do anything to stop it right now, so the caravans form,” Trump said. “I’ve ended payments to Guatemala, to Honduras, and to El Salvador or no money goes there anymore. We were giving them $500 million. We’re giving them tremendous aid. We stopped payment to Honduras, to Guatemala and to El Salvador.”

“We were paying them tremendous amounts of money, and we’re not paying them anymore, because they haven’t done a thing for us. They set up these caravans. In many cases, they put their worst people in the caravan. They’re not going to put their best in. They get rid of their problems, and they march up here, and they’re coming into their country. We’re not letting them into our country,” he said.

Trump said Border Patrol ran out of space for the illegal immigrants that are being detained.

“Our Border Patrol, the job they’ve done is incredible. The job that ICE is doing is incredible, and we have run out of space. We can’t hold people anymore, and Mexico can stop it so easily. They don’t go through a court system every time somebody steps on our land. You step on our land, welcome to the United States. It’s ridiculous, so Congress – and I know you guys are going to work hard on it – but Congress has to fix our broken immigration laws,” he said.

“We’re the laughingstock all over the world. People pour into this country. We stop them, because Border Patrol’s so incredible, but there’s a point at which you can’t stop them anymore. We have no detention space, no nothing, so Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador has done nothing. Mexico has done nothing,” the president said.

Trump said the new Colombian president, Ivan Duque, had promised to stop the flow of illegal drugs from his country to the United States, but the volume of drugs coming from Colombia has actually increased.

“And I’ll tell you something. Colombia, you have your new president of Colombia – really good guy. I’ve met him. He stopped at the White House. He’s said how he’s going to stop drugs. More drugs are coming out of Colombia right now than before he was president, so he has done nothing for us,” he said.

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