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Administration officials pull back Trump border threat

US President Donald Trump speaks at an event focused on infrastructure at the Edgar Hoover Dike on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, on March 29, 2019. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials are pulling back the president’s threat to shut the southern border as soon as this week.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the administration is “looking at all options” on whether to close entry ports and what the impact would be.

Last week, Trump said he’d close the border as the number of migrants coming to the U.S. has surged. He’s threatened that before.

Delays at entry points are already mounting. That’s because as many as 2,000 border officers assigned to check trucks and cars are being shifted to deal with migrant crowds. Wait times at Brownsville, Texas, were 180 minutes Monday, double the wait last year. And there were 150 trucks in Otay Mesa, California, still waiting when the border station closed for the day.

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4 comments

  • Sick of the crap

    CLOSE IT!! It has always proven to be a serious issue of crime and a waste of tax payers money. CLOSE THE BORDER!!

  • Bud

    Stop all immigration. We did not allow anyone into the country during the 50’s and 60’s – we can do it again until congress closes all the loopholes and we enact merit based immigration laws. Until then – ship everyone back out of the country the minute they illegally cross the border. End the catch and release.

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