WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump asked Mexico and Central American countries Sunday to halt the stream of migrants heading to the United States.
“Would be very SMART,” Trump said on Twitter, “if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer).”
He claimed opposition Democrats “created this problem. No crossings!”
Trump said late Saturday that migrants at the southern U.S. border - most of them from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — "will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court. We only will allow those who come into our Country legally. Other than that our very strong policy is Catch and Detain. No 'Releasing' into the U.S."
He added, "All will stay in Mexico. If for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern Border. There is no way that the United States will, after decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation anymore!"
The White House said, "President Trump has developed a strong relationship with the incoming [Lopez] Obrador Administration, and we look forward to working with them on a wide range of issues."
During the campaign for U.S. congressional elections in early November, Trump claimed an "invasion" of immigrants trekking though Mexico toward the United States and dispatched several thousand U.S. troops to the border to block their path.
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum on Friday declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city, which is struggling to accommodate the migrants. Most of the migrants are being housed at a sports complex, where they face long wait times for food and bathrooms.
Trump ordered that immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally, other than through a normal port of entry, would be ineligible for asylum. But a U.S. judge temporarily suspended the order, a decision attacked by Trump.
Source: VOA news