Trump has turned the caravans into the symbol of what he says are the dangers of illegal immigration.
For example, a study cited by the media found that "the communities in Central America that reduced their homicide rates from 2011 to 2016 also reduced the emigration of children".
Migrant caravans have sparked a debate in the US over illegal immigration and whether the countries in question should do more to stop them. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was in Honduras just last week and signed a landmark partnership agreement with the Northern Triangle governments on Thursday. The migrants have cannily exploited US political arguments by bringing children with them, making detention and deportation much more problematic.
Short of a widespread shutdown, Nielsen said the US might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children. Honduran officials disputed these reports.
We need additional temporary facilities as soon as possible in order to process arriving aliens, especially those entering illegally between ports of entry.
Adam Isaacson, a senior official at the Washington Office on Latin America, said presidents had previously shied away from reprogramming money because it irritated lawmakers who could retaliate by declining to fund key administration projects. In the meantime, he has repeatedly threatened to close the border, but this time, with a new group of migrants heading north, he gave a definite timetable and suggested a visit to the border within the next two weeks. The decision did take many people on Capitol Hill by surprise, including the Department of Homeland Security. Its foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said the country is a good neighbor and does not act on the basis of threats.
"You can make all the promises you want but when you're still sending 100,000 people across the southern border, actions speak louder than words", Mulvaney said. Is the administration equipped to handle sick children who are detained? We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help.
Trump has been briefed several times since a year ago about the economic consequences of shutting United States ports of entry at the southern border but has continued to contemplate the idea of closing sections or the border in its entirety. He said the situation has reached "emergency and catastrophic proportions". "But Mexico could stop it".
Trump has so far been unable to convince Congress to tighten asylum laws or fund his border wall. "I think it's going to make things tragically worse, not better", said Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
Miller said on the call that Trump is not bringing up his threat to shut down the border lightly.
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