President Trump threatened to close the Southern Border "next week" if Mexico does not "immediately stop" the surge of illegal immigrants coming into the United States. Speaking to reporters in Florida on Friday, Trump said Mexico has "the strongest immigration laws anywhere in the world, and we have the weakest, the most pathetic laws."
"We have right now two big caravans coming up from Guatemala, massive caravans, walking right through Mexico," the president said. "So Mexico is tough, they can stop them. And if they don't stop them, we're closing the border."
"We'll keep it closed for a long time, I'm not playing games."
"Mexico has to stop it," he said. "They have people coming right through Mexico. It is a long, very dangerous journey. Mexico sends buses, they send trucks, they started at one point, a little bit stopping. They don't do anything to stop it right now."
The president issued a series of Tweets Friday morning on the subject:
The DEMOCRATS have given us the weakest immigration laws anywhere in the World. Mexico has the strongest, & they make more than $100 Billion a year on the U.S. Therefore, CONGRESS MUST CHANGE OUR WEAK IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW, & Mexico must stop illegals from entering the U.S....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2019
....through their country and our Southern Border. Mexico has for many years made a fortune off of the U.S., far greater than Border Costs. If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States throug our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2019
....the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week. This would be so easy for Mexico to do, but they just take our money and “talk.” Besides, we lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking etc.), that the Border closing would be a good thing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2019