Trump Threatens To Close Mexican Border “Next Week”

NBC News reports:

President Donald Trump warned Friday that he could shut down the southern border next week “if Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States.”

After blasting Democrats on Twitter for weak U.S. immigration laws, Trump added that he’d be closing the border, “or large sections of the Border, next week” unless Mexico takes immediate action.

The Twitter blast came hours after he issued a similar warning during a rally in Michigan on Thursday night. He repeated his unfounded claims that migrant caravans are “pouring across” the U.S. Mexico border.

The New York Times reports:

The threat to close the border is one Mr. Trump has made and not followed through on before — he suggested closing it during the December government shutdown, and also earlier this week in accusing Central American governments of squandering American aid. But he has not yet attached a short time frame to taking such a drastic measure.

The evening before Mr. Trump threatened to close the border, he appeared at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he went on an extensive and angry screed about immigration, calling the problem an “invasion” and referring to the plight of asylum seekers as a “big fat con job.”