Trump insists ‘actual emergency’ exists at US-Mexico border

Trucks wait in a long queue for border customs control to cross into the US at the Otay border crossing in Tijuana Mexico

Trucks wait in a long queue for border customs control to cross into the US at the Otay border crossing in Tijuana Mexico

"Mexico understands that we're going to close the border, or I'm going to tariff the cars". According to the Mexican Ministry of Internal Affairs, only in February, more than 76,000 migrants were detained after trying to get into the United States.

Trump instead imposed a one-year deadline on Mexico to stem the flow of immigrants and drugs into the U.S. or face a 25-percent tariff on cars it exports to the U.S. Trump delivered another threat to Mexico via Twitter Friday, warning he is "looking at an economic penalty for the 500 Billion Dollars in illegal DRUGS that are shipped and smuggled through Mexico and across our Southern Border".

The same day, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that neither Mexico City nor Washington would benefit from the closure of the border.

"If Mexico doesn't do what they can do very easily, apprehend these people coming in., we're going to tax the cars and if that doesn't work we're going to close the borders", he said.

Trump's new border policy was first announced in a confusing statement to journalists at a White House meeting on the completely unconnected subject of United States urban renewal.

A "Baby Trump" balloon flies over the U.S. -Mexico border fence as Donald Trump visits Calexico Friday.

Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday that if the "powerful incentive" but "less drastic measure" doesn't work, he'll go through with his standing threat to close the U.S. -Mexico border.

It was the latest, seemingly sudden attempt at new leverage by a president struggling to solve what his administration has called a border "crisis".

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Auto parts and medical equipment makers were among the Mexican companies considering the more expensive air cargo to avoid incurring penalties for late delivery to USA clients or factory closures, Luis Aguirre, the president of Mexico's manufacturing industry chamber INDEX, said late on Wednesday.

In addition, despite what Trump suggests, Mexico, China and other American trading partners don't pay US tariffs directly.

As Trump landed in California, the state's governor ripped the president's rhetoric about asylum seekers and proposed plans to change the nation's system. But there again, that can hit US companies, such as General Motors, which is a major car-maker in Mexico.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it welcomed Trump's decision not to close the border, but said Congress needed to do more. Arrests along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months and border agents were on track to make 100,000 arrests or denials of entry in March, a 12-year high.

Grassley, an Iowa Republican, asserted in a lengthy speech on Thursday that Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, did not have a genuine legislative goal for gathering the returns and said the reasoning outlined in his letter to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig was about "finding a pretext to bring this president down".

At the same time, the U.S. House of Representatives is threatening to sue to block Trump's transfer of money to pay for a border wall along the border with Mexico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

But even absent that extraordinary step, delays at border stations have been mounting after some 2,000 border officers were reassigned from checking vehicles to deal with migrant crowds.

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