US President Donald Trump stated on Thursday that Border Patrol agents had apprehended the biggest single group ever of undocumented immigrants, as he ready what he stated would be challenging new measures to halt border crossers.
“Yesterday, Border Patrol agents apprehended the biggest group of illegal aliens ever: 1,036 folks who illegally crossed the border in El Paso about four am,” Trump stated in a tweet.
Trump posted a Border Patrol video of scores of migrants crossing the Rio Grande riverbed from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico into El Paso, Texas.
They are only a little portion of the 100 000-plus migrants, largely Central Americans, who have crossed the Mexico frontier into the United States in current months, frustrating officials tasked with halting illegal immigration.
Trump had stated earlier on Thursday that he was arranging to make a “dramatic” statement on border policy to deal with what he referred to as a “national emergency”.
“This is a massive-league statement. We are going to do one thing incredibly dramatic on the border,” he stated.
Trump did not clarify what he would do, but the Washington Post stated he was contemplating slapping new trade tariffs on Mexico to force it to cease the northward flow of folks fleeing poverty and violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
“It will be a statement obtaining to do with the border and obtaining to do with folks illegally coming more than the border,” Trump stated.
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