Trump searches for border fix, eyes personnel changes

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Trump will visit Calexico, California, for a tour of the border on Friday, just days after also announcing that he would end US aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, even though the money is created to discourage migration. "Judge Flores, whoever you may be, that decision is a disaster for our country, a disaster." - remarks at a meeting with local officials in Southern California.

Barriers that mostly predate Trump's presidency, ranging from 18-foot-tall iron fencing to makeshift vehicle obstacles and barbed wire, span 654 miles of the almost-2,000-mile US-Mexico border, mostly in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

"Also, I'm looking at an economic penalty for all of the drugs that are coming in through the southern border and killing our people", Trump said.

He also said that Mexico was apprehending migrants "by the thousands", doing more in the past four days than they have ever done before, but if that does not stem the flow of migrants he is "totally willing to close the border".

The fence that Trump is touring is a two-mile section that was a long-planned replacement for an older barrier, rather than new wall.

Although a border closing has been pushed back, the tariffs idea is causing confusion. Even as Trump claimed a Mexican crackdown, Pompeo said the USA needs to see action from Mexico, telling Fox News that it's "one thing to talk about it". Referring to the recently concluded investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the president added: "I know about hoaxes". It's remained one of the most divisive issues of his presidency and will certainly feature prominently in his 2020 re-election campaign.

Trump said Mexico has improved immigration enforcement since he threatened to close the border last week.

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"Ron Vitiello has spent as much time defending our nation's borders as Stephen Miller has been alive", one official said of Miller, who is 33.

Since October, ICE had to release 126,000 people, Special Agent in Charge Dave Shaw said at the roundtable with Trump. But a Border Patrol official in Texas said in March that the migrants are being coached by human smugglers on how to pass the "credible fear" test that allows them to stay in the USA while their asylum claim is pending. After this Trump told people who were performing in Mexico City on the crossroads in Mexico City, that the United States is filled, we cannot keep more people here.

As the president showed off the renovated section of the barrier to reporters, a balloon depicting Trump as a baby floated further down the border.

There had even been speculation that he might announce such a move during his visit to Calexico, an area where new high fencing has been erected as part of Trump´s plan for expanding border walls.

Twenty states filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to block the president's national emergency declaration, New York Attorney General Letitia James said on Friday.

Newsom says that since its founding, the United States has been a refuge and safe haven for people fleeing tyranny, oppression and violence.

"His words show a total disregard of the Constitution, our justice system, and what it means to be an American".

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