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Trump Tentatively Reverses Border Closure Threat: Mexico Is Stepping Up to Stop Immigrants

During his speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual spring dinner on Tuesday, President Donald Trump seemed to back off his threat of closing the border between the United States and Mexico.

The threat comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the capacity to hold migrants is being overwhelmed because of the large number coming to the border.

“I really wanted to close it but now Mexico say ‘No, no, no,’ first time in decades we will not let anybody get through and they’ve apprehended over a thousand people today at the southern border, their southern border,” Trump said. “And they bring them back into their country I said, ‘Why the hell didn’t somebody do that in the first place.'”

Trump said Democrats do not want the border to be closed because of the economic costs it will have each day it is closed.

“I agree it’s going to be a big toll but trade and commerce and making money for our country, it’s all very important. But to me the most important job I have is the security of our country, even more important than those other things I talk about,” he added.

Trump had acknowledged the economic costs of shutting down the border earlier in the day in the Oval Office.

“Sure, it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” he said. “Trading is very important, the borders are very important, but security is what is most important.”

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