Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border next week

Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border next week

President Donald Trump checks out prototypes for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall during a March visit to San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to seal off the U.S.-Mexico border next week if Mexico fails to halt all illegal immigration.

Friday’s tweets are not the first time that Trump has raised the prospect of closing the border.

The president delivered a similar warning last December after the government shutdown amid a fight over funding for a border wall.

In an effort to sidestep Congress, Trump issued an emergency declaration on Feb. 15 to secure about $8 billion for a proposed wall by taking money from “unobligated” funds.

The House overruled the order on Feb. 26, as did the Senate on March 14. But the very next day, Trump issued the first veto of his presidency.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon failed to override the veto.

Aside from Congress, 16 state attorneys general and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed lawsuits, arguing the declaration is unconstitutional.

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