U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to use the military to close the U.S.-Mexico border and cancel a just-completed trade deal as he expressed mounting frustration with a large caravan of migrants from Honduras making it’s way toward the United States, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
In addition, Trump issued a fresh threat to Mexico’s government after it said it would treat those in the caravan no differently than it does other migrants, the Post reported.
In one tweet, the report said, Trump said: “In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!”
Trump tweeted a short time later, suggested the “onslaught” of immigrants could threaten the recently announced reworked USMCA trade deal, writing immigration is “far more important to me, as President, than Trade,” the Post reported.
Trump’s apparent frustration stems in part from record levels of migrant parents entering the United States with children in the three months since his administration ended family separations at the border, the newspaper reported.
This week, the Post reported Border Patrol agents arrested 16,658 family members in September, the highest one-month total on record and an 80 percent increase from July, according to unpublished Department of Homeland Security statistics.
Trump has made migrant caravans a symbol of all that is wrong with U.S. immigration policies. In his Thursday tweets, he warned that the latest group includes “MANY CRIMINALS.”