- Trump warned Mexico that he will use the U.S. military to seal the border unless they help slow down the flow of illegal immigrants from the south
- A massive caravan of 4,000 Central Americans is transiting through Mexico to the United States without visas or other travel papers
- Trump is threatening to cancel all U.S. payments, including humanitarian aid, to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
- U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 16,658 family members in September, the highest one-month total on record
- Numbers show 80 per cent increase in the number of illegal immigrant families since Trump ended his ‘zero tolerance’ policy
- He has been advising Republicans to make immigration an election issue, and blames Democrats for existing border weaknesses
Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to seal America’s southern border with military force unless Mexico intervenes to stop the flow of illegal immigrants traveling to the U.S. from Central America.
The stern, tweeted warning came as a group of more than 4,000 travels north through Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States, despite having no visas or other legal papers to enter.
Trump blamed his Democratic rivals for the resulting chaos, saying ‘they want Open Borders and existing weak laws.’
He resurrected the claim that launched his White House campaign in 2015, saying that ‘this large flow of people’ includes ‘MANY CRIMINALS’ and putting the words in uppercase letters for effect.
‘I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!’ Trump wrote.
‘All Democrats fault for weak laws!’ he added.
Trump on Thursday also renewed Wednesday’s threat to stop all payments to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, including humanitarian aid, if their governments ‘allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States.’
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to fly to Mexico on Friday.
News emerged Wednesday that the number of illegal immigrant families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has jumped 80 per cent since Trump ended his ‘zero tolerance’ policy in June, with U.S. Border Patrol agents arresting 16,658 family members in September. That’s the highest one-month total on record.
The Washington Post obtained unpublished Department of Homeland Security statistics and published them three weeks before a contentious midterm election, while Trump is urging Republicans to make immigration their number one issue on the campaign trail.