Donald Trump Drops ICE Nominee: 'We're Going in a Tougher Direction'

Minnie Murray
April 7, 2019

He tweeted Friday, "Will soon be landing in Calexico, California to look at a portion of the new WALL being built on our Southern Border", and maintained that "within two years we will have close to 400 miles built or under construction". "We have construction industries in California and in other places that desperately need workers, and immigration has always been not just a question of immigration policy, but who we are as a country".

The declaration allows Trump to divert extra funds needed to build his long-promised border wall. "We can't take you anymore", the president said during an appearance with federal and elected officials near the border in southern California.

The President's visit comes days after he gave Mexican authorities 12 months to severely limit the flow of illegal immigrants into their country or face new tariffs on produce and automobiles.

In 2018, a bit over 2 miles of old fence in the El Centro Sector was replaced with a 30-feet high steel bollard wall.

The states first filed suit in February after Trump declaring illegal crossings at the USA border with Mexico a national emergency, using executive power to circumvent Congress and free up money to fortify the border.

"At this point, I think the industry is just taking what the President says with a grain of salt".

"It's a scam, it's a hoax".

Trump repeated that threat hours later at the border site in Calexico, even while continuing to praising the Mexico government: "We're going to shut it down if we have to".

The delays are tying up trucks at the border that usually head back south with a load and then are ready to pick up freight again at factories in the interior of Mexico.

Donald Trump had a unwelcoming message to those seeking political asylum in the United States: Don't bother.

He said that the walls have resulted in a decline in illegal immigrants.

Border Patrol agents at the meeting agreed with the president about the crisis on the border, and informed Trump that they had apprehended nearly 200 "fake families", migrants fraudulently claiming children in order to avoid detention.

Trump indicated that closing the border is no longer on the cards at present, but reiterated a new warning that he will impose 25 percent tariffs on auto imports from Mexico if illegal migration and drug smuggling is not controlled. The President's backers added they want to see immigration reform come from the visit to the border town.

Trump, during Friday's roundtable on the border, called his one-year warning on a southern USA border closure "fake news".

The Trump administration sent a notice to members of Congress on Thursday, informing them that Vitiello's nomination to lead ICE has been rescinded, according to sources who spoke with The Associated Press.

After the border visit, Mr. Trump travels to Los Angeles, where he'll attend a pair of fundraisers.

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