Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Mexico government slams US border slowdown as 'very bad idea'

Mexico government slams US border slowdown as 'very bad idea'

And border agents say they're encountering more "fake families" among the growing number of Central American migrants crossing the border.

During the Obama administration and before Trump's zero-tolerance policy was introduced, migrant families caught illegally entering the USA were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation, unless they were known to have a criminal record.

Trump also accused Obama of building "cages" that he thought were "very inappropriate".

TRUMP: "Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children".

At roundtable in Texas, President Trump laments that USA troops at the border can't get "a little rough", because "everybody would go insane ... can't act like they would normally act - or like, let's say, another military from another country would act". They say Trump has exacerbated the situation by aggressively detaining migrants caught entering the US illegally and slowing the processing of asylum seekers, which can take months or longer.

Mexican Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero has said if the current migration flow remains unchanged, the number of migrants trying to get through Mexico to the United States will reach 900,000 people by the end of 2019.

Seeborg, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, wrote that his order turned on whether the program as implemented complied with the Administrative Procedures Act, which governs agency regulations and their implementation. The perceived cruelty of the policies regarding immigrants at the border has not been good politically for Donald Trump and his administration. "We found cases where adults have been coming in with kids who are not their kids, yet they're claiming that they're their children".

It's a crisis President Trump has painted in stark language to defend his hard-line immigration stance.

Customs and Border Protection President Kevin McAleenan has taken over as acting secretary.

Meissner, who took over as commissioner of what was then Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1993, and others faced enormous backlogs in the mid-1990s after refugees fleeing Central American wars and repression in Cuba, China and Haiti flooded the United States, according to a Migration Policy Institute report she co-authored past year. In mid-March, The Washington Post reported that as many as 240 migrants seeking asylum had been sent back to Mexico since the since the policy was unveiled in January.

The decision, which goes into effect on Friday, comes just days after outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had vowed to expand the controversial programme.

Of those 92,607 arrests, more than 67% came as unaccompanied children or parents and children traveling together. But forcing asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico was never a serious solution to the problems created by a surge of migrants at the border-certainly no more serious than claiming, as Trump did this weekend, that America "is full".

The White House issued a statement Tuesday condemning the ruling and saying it would appeal.

Trump is likely referring to 2014 photos, taken by The Associated Press, that some liberal activists circulated online a year ago and falsely tying the photos to Trump.

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