White House softens tone after threat to close border with Mexico

White House softens tone after threat to close border with Mexico

"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". "They're unwilling to work with us to fix this problem because they're too busy playing politics to do their jobs", she said.

"While we recognize the importance of border security, we respectfully ask the Trump administration to proceed cautiously and consider the implications of cutting off trade with a market that is so vital for rural America".

That's because every automaker operating an auto plant in the United States depends on parts imported from Mexico, said Kristin Dziczek, the vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. "Democrats are leaving us absolutely no choice at this point".

He says Congress needs to address the shortage of immigration judges in border regions, which could help process asylum claims more efficiently.

One of Trump's fellow Republicans, Representative Mike McCaul, the top Republican on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said cutting aid would worsen the situation.

"Here's the thing: Whether he goes through or not with this nonsense of closing the border, if nothing else, he's emboldening the Chinese in their negotiation", Guajardo said.

"They're taking advantage of the United States, and they have been for many years", he said.

In two months of testimony, almost every level of the Mexican government has been depicted as being on the take: Prison guards, airport officials, police officers, prosecutors, tax assessors and military personnel are all said to have been compromised.

As President Donald Trump threatens to close the US border with Mexico as early as this week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has cut an overseas trip short to oversee decisions on the border response and is now back in Washington, D.C., a senior DHS official tells ABC News. And there were 150 trucks in Otay Mesa, California, still waiting when the border station closed for the day.

"Wait times in Brownsville [Texas] were around 180 minutes, which were two times the peaks of a year ago", said a senior DHS official on a call with reporters. Lastly, Saenz says the USA needs to find a way to help the countries where the asylum-seekers are coming from - commonly the "Northern Triangle" countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

On Monday night, Nielsen rushed home from Europe, where she was attending G7 security meetings, to oversee the response to what administration officials are calling a dire emergency at the southern border.

Trump said he had spoken with "a few" Democrats on Tuesday about the administration's proposals and added, "they're changing their minds".

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