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Trump Threatens to 'Close the Southern Border Entirely'

President digs in on his demand for a wall
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2018 8:36 AM CST
President Trump gestures as he walks to Air Force One as he departs Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Democrats are making clear they don't intend to budge on President Trump's $5 billion demand for a border wall, and the president issued a threat of his own on Friday. He said he would "be forced to close the Southern border entirely" if Democrats don't provide the money and toughen immigration laws, reports NBC News. In a series of tweets, Trump said the move would make sense for national security and the economy. "We build a Wall or close the Southern Border," he wrote. "Bring our car industry back into the United States where it belongs. Go back to pre-NAFTA, before so many of our companies and jobs were so foolishly sent to Mexico."

Trump also criticized Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, making reference to reports—like this one in the San Diego Union-Tribune—that another migrant caravan from Honduras was preparing to head north. Funding for a wall remains the biggest sticking point in the government shutdown, now in its seventh day, and it appears all but certain that the impasse will continue into 2019. (On Thursday, Trump said the murder of a police officer allegedly by a man in the US illegally illustrated the need for a wall.)

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