Trump adds new caveat to keep border open

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Published on April 2, 2019 - Duration: 01:23s

Trump adds new caveat to keep border open

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was prepared to close the U.S. southern border if Congress doesn't pass immigration reform, but that Mexico has apprehended thousands of people in recent days and its actions have made a big difference in the immigration situation.

Tamara Lindstrom reports.

Trump adds new caveat to keep border open

U.S. President Donald Trump is renewing his threat to close down the southern border with Mexico.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "We're going to have a strong border, or we're going to have a closed border." Trump first announced last week that he would close the border if Mexico didn't take action to stop the flow of migrants fleeing violence in Central America.

On Tuesday, the president said he was pleased with Mexico's efforts to quell the number of asylum seekers reaching the US border, but added a new caveat to keeping the border open: (SOUNDBITE) (English) US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Congress has to meet quickly and make a deal.

I could do it in 45 minutes.

We need to get rid of chain migration, we need to get rid of catch and release and visa lottery.

We have to do something about asylum.

And to be honest with you, we have to get rid of judges.

// if we don't make a deal with Congress, the border is going to be closed, 100 percent." With more than $600 billion in trade between Mexico and the U.S. last year, the threat has stoked fears of economic damage and prompted pushback from the President's own party.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, SAYING: "Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing." (SOUNDBITE) (English) US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Sure, it's going to have a negative impact on the economy.

// But let me just give you a little secret.

Security is more important to me than trade." Trump said he could close the border as early as this week.

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