Trump now says Congress must act to keep southern border open

America would run out of avocados in weeks if Trump shuts border with Mexico, grower warns

"But obviously, it's creating issues here at the border, and then there's reaction by President Trump, which is creating, also, all sorts of havoc".

"It is a national emergency on the border", Trump said.

The president has made countless threats about everything from nuclear war with North Korea to firing various Cabinet officials to cutting off foreign aid to shuttering legal points of entry along the U.S. -Mexico border to trying again this year to push a health care overhaul bill through both chambers of Congress. "They are apprehending people", he said. "If you notice we're not having the problem with Mexico".

"Our business would end", said Marta Salas, an employee at an El Paso shop near the border that sells plastic flowers that are used on the Mexican side by families holding quinceañeras, the traditional coming-of-age celebrations.

He also defended his decision to cut off "hundreds of millions of dollars" in United States aid to the three countries, accusing them of arranging the caravans of migrants. (Like many of his proclamations with regard to immigration, this could just be an idle and logistically near-impossible threat meant to impress his base.) One aspect of this threat that's getting a lot of attention is its potential to cause a severe avocado shortage here in the States.

Economics played a major role in that decline, she said, as the American economy tanked in 2008 and the Mexican economy improved, reducing the incentive for people to leave in the first place.

Federal immigration authorities are now releasing migrants as fast as they are taking them in.

On Monday, Mexican Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero said the Mexican government does not plan to adopt a special plan to restrain caravans of migrants from Central America that travel through the country to the United States. "So we asked our Deputy to tap in and take over the trip", the official said. Many are eager to hear more details from Trump, soon.

After the speech, Margo pushed back, tweeting that "El Paso was never one of the most risky cities in the U.S".

Because of limits on how long children are legally allowed to be held in detention, numerous families are released to await their US immigration court hearings, a process that can take years because of ballooning backlogs. "It is NOT the sole deterrent".

"Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do nothing". "So I cut off the payments yesterday", Trump said.

Yes, illegal border crossings at the southwest border are on the rise, but they are still very low by historical standards, running at 44,000 per month over the past year (and 66,000 in February.) Twelve years ago, they averaged more than 70,000 a month and sometimes exceeded 100,000 in a single month. "Making sure we have enough product in here, because we don't know what's going to happen".

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