Trump supporters, opponents gather at US-Mexico border ahead of President's visit

Trump supporters, opponents gather at US-Mexico border ahead of President's visit

"I think it looks fantastic - very see-through, so you're able to see the other side, which is a very important element".

But the settlement is actually named after Jenny Flores, a 15-year-old girl from El Salvador whose 1985 detention by United States immigration enforcement (then known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service) was the subject of a class-action lawsuit.

The remarks, following a week of back-and-forth threats to close the border, risked further muddying the USA relationship with its second-largest trading partner.

Referring to a "colossal surge" of undocumented migrants, Mr Trump convened a discussion with immigration officials and local leaders in Calexico on the US-Mexico border just north of the much larger city of Mexicali.

Mr Trump is counting on seizing funds from other federal accounts and shifting them for the construction of about 725 kilometres of new barrier - a move being challenged in Federal Court because Congress has not given approval.

President Trump received a warm welcome in LA today, a day after backing off his latest threat to close the border between Mexico and the United States.

The president has said the wall is needed to prevent criminals and terrorists from pouring into the United States.

Although about 650 miles of the U.S. -Mexico is fenced off, no new border barriers have been erected during Trump's presidency.

In recent months, the number of families crossing into the USA has climbed to record highs, pushing the system to what administration officials say is a breaking point.

What Trump said Thursday: He threatened to slap tariffs on automobiles made in Mexico and close the US-Mexico border if the country didn't stop "massive amounts of drugs" coming into the US within one year. He has since praised the country for doing more.

Trump, who earlier in the week threatened to shut down the border over the high numbers of migrants trying to enter the US, appeared to walk back his comments Thursday.

Vitiello, who has served as ICE's acting commissioner since June, had previously served as the chief of Border Patrol and deputy commissioner of Border Patrol's parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Trump loves to dangle the threat of auto tariffs in global negotiations, and suggested in February that he might impose duties on vehicles made inside the European Union. "If that doesn't work, which it will, I will close the Border", Trump tweeted, before invoking the new, but not-yet-approved trade policy. "It's illegal immigration", Trump said. The auto tariff, he added, "supersedes" the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade. He emphasized that it was fuelled by US demand.

Trump declared a national emergency in February, a move that came after a partial government shutdown and was met with outcry from members of both parties who claimed he was interfering with Congress.

The president and his fellow Republicans have sought to paint Johnson's remarks as a sign he agrees with the president on the need to take action at the border. More than half of those are families with children.

The tariffs, he suggested, would make a border closure unnecessary.

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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