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President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has directed the Department of Homeland Security to halt a “caravan” of migrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border.
“Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so naive! WALL,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump added in a follow-up tweet that he may include hardened immigration policy into ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations with Mexico.
“Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S. We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement. Our Country cannot accept what is happening! Also, we must get Wall funding fast,” Trump added.
This is not the first time the president referred to a so-called “caravan” of South American immigrants who have been heading toward the United States over the last few weeks. In early April, Trump demanded that Mexico break up the group or risk withdrawn aid to Honduras.
“Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!” Trump wrote in part.
DHS has been at the front of the administration's efforts to tighten up immigration. The department recently announced that several hundred members of the National Guard would be deployed to border states to assist currently stationed agents.
"We'll work in conjunction with the governors who are in fact on the front lines to see what they need and work it within the National Guard,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters during a White House Press briefing, adding that the scale and scope of the operation were still in flux.
Though Mexican officials have broken up a significant portion of the caravan, about 50 individuals have begun to reach U.S. soil according to reports from CNN.