Trump announces further talks with Mexico, doubles down on tariff threat as border apprehensions surge

Newly released federal figures have revealed that apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border hit a 13-year high for the month of May.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data shows that the apprehensions of 132,887 unauthorized migrants were recorded for the month. To put that number in perspective, apprehensions for the month of April were 99,304. That’s nearly a 34 percent increase in one month.

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More people were also turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border. A total of 11,391 were turned away in May. That’s a slight increase over 10,170 in April.

This was the third month in a row where the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained and rejected more than 100,000 people at the border.

Data from the CBP show that the increase in numbers is partly coming from people crossing the border in larger family units. Over 84,000 of the people captured in May were traveling in a family unit. That’s an increase of nearly 30,000 from the Month of April. There are currently 190,000 migrants being help by the CBP.

While most detained crossed the border illegally, about 10 percent were detained because they simply did not have the proper documentation.

If the numbers show anything, it’s that there is clearly a crisis at our border with Mexico. Democrats may want to continually give the issue the cold shoulder, but in order for their to be some control and protections for both migrants and U.S. citizens, there needs to be a better system in place.

While the Democrat-led Congress twiddles their thumbs on the issue, the Trump administration has tried to make steps towards progress.

Vice President Mike Pence and Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard met on Wednesday to discuss Mexico’s part and responsibility in stopping the illegal immigration issue the United States is facing.

President Trump has threatened Mexico with tariffs until they take some action on the issue. He has given a Monday deadline for his tariff tax of five percent on all Mexican goods and he promised it would increase to 25 percent by October if Mexico was still not cooperating on the crisis.

Trump has made clear that he is not “bluffing” on tariffs and he intends for that to be his solution should another one not arise.

“Can you imagine Cryin’ Chuck Schumer saying out loud, for all to hear, that I am bluffing with respect to putting Tariffs on Mexico. What a Creep. He would rather have our Country fail with drugs & Immigration than give Republicans a win. But he gave Mexico bad advice, no bluff!” he tweeted this week.

The president announced on Wednesday that talks with Mexican officials would continue into Thursday. He also reiterated his threat on proposing tariffs.

“Immigration discussions at the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended for the day. Progress is being made, but not nearly enough! Border arrests for May are at 133,000 because of Mexico & the Democrats in Congress refusing to budge on immigration reform,” tweeted the president.

He continued, “Further talks with Mexico will resume tomorrow with the understanding that, if no agreement is reached, Tariffs at the 5% level will begin on Monday, with monthly increases as per schedule. The higher the Tariffs go, the higher the number of companies that will move back to the USA!”

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