President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday morning, that he is presently considering closing the Southern Border.
“Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country,” he said. “They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!”
Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
According to American Military News, the tweet came after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Wednesday that the immigration system is being overwhelmed by families seeking asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico, and that everything is at a “breaking point.”
“That is not something we want to do; it’s something we have to do, given the overcrowding in our facilities. The agency is expecting 55,000 families, including 40,000 children, to enter the process this month,” McAleenan said.
“That breaking point has arrived,” he added.
Border Patrol is estimating there will be 100,000 migrants taken into custody this month – more than double the number taken in during March 2018.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been releasing tens of thousands of illegal immigrants into southern border states over the past several months. Just in the past three months alone, about 107,000 families were released after being apprehended at the border, simply because the system can’t process them and doesn’t have the space to detain them.
The President called the situation at the southern border a “humanitarian crisis,” and recently declared a national emergency to secure funds to protect American citizens.
Trump requested $6.5 billion in addition to what Congress approved for border security, which was $1.375 billion. That brings the total to roughly $8 billion for more than 200 miles of steel border barriers. Congress’ funding provided for about 55 miles of barriers. The funds are being redirected from the Pentagon and U.S. Treasury.
The Pentagon also authorized up to $1 billion to fund 57 miles of “pedestrian fencing” along the southern border with Mexico earlier this week.