Donald Trump threatens to close USA border with Mexico next week

"For them we are also the best neighbor they could have".

In response to pressure from Mexico and the Trump administration, the governments of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and the US announced on Thursday that they had come to an agreement to enforce a number of measures to deter "irregular migration", including enhancing border security and joint policing efforts.

Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the US border, advance on a road in Tapachula, Mexico, on March 28.

President Donald Trump issued a demand on Twitter that Mexico stop all illegal immigration at the southern border or he will close large sections of the border next week.

Many people who cross the border illegally ultimately request asylum under USA law, which does not require asylum-seekers to enter at an official crossing. "He said it must stop 'ALL" illegal immigration immediately. "Mexico has the strongest, & they make more than $100 Billion a year on the U.S.", Trump tweeted.

The border agency temporarily reassigned several hundred border inspectors to process migrants, provide transportation and perform hospital watches to keep pace.

Authorities say using terms like "crisis" and "emergency" are not an overstatement of the problems at the border between El Paso, Texas and Mexico.

Meanwhile, in Washington, Trump has spent months clashing with lawmakers over his long-promised border wall and the fight included questions from Democrats on whether there actually was a "crisis" at the border.

Trump has previously threatened to close the border - including at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday night - but this was different, since he gave a timetable.

Trump was reiterating the threat he had made earlier in a tweet from his social media account.

"Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country".

Trump made a similar threat Thursday morning about closing the border, saying Mexico was "all talk and no action", but did not make it sound as though action was imminent. "We all will, probably, but you at home, you're probably not going to sit down and read 300 pages, you want the summary". "We don't in any way want a confrontation with the USA government".

Later, Trump repeated at a press conference at Mar-a-Lago that it was very possible that he would close the border next week.

Mr Lopez Obrador, an anti-establishment leftist who took office in December, has sought to cultivate a cordial relationship with Mr Trump.

In the last decade, the crossers were mostly single adults from Mexico, who could be quickly returned. In retaliation, Trump refused to sign wider spending bills, leading to much of the federal government having to shut down for 5 weeks.

"I have a confession: I never ready [Homer's] 'The Odyssey, '" Kilmeade said.

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