Trump threatens closure of U.S.-Mexico border next week to stem asylum surge

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30 March 2019

President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico next week, potentially disrupting millions of legal border crossings and billions of dollars in trade if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching the United States, ONA reports quoting Reuters.

“There’s a very good likelihood that I’ll be closing the border next week, and that will be just fine with me,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Trump has repeatedly said he would close the U.S. border with Mexico during his two years in office and has not followed through. But this time the government says it is struggling to deal with a surge of asylum seekers from countries in Central America who travel through Mexico.

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