Pres. Trump: Delays For Truckers Will Continue At U.S. Southern Border Until…

UPDATE: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned President Trump announced on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The embattled Homeland Security Secretary has been at the center of intense scrutiny by Democrats and the national media after the widely-criticized family separation policies set off a firestorm of controversy earlier in her tenure.

She has also been reportedly under fire from President Trump as he has grown more and more frustrated with the intensifying crisis at the U.S. southern border.

 

Fox News reported in May of 2017 that President Trump excoriated Sec. Nielsen in a cabinet meeting. Many other reports since that time have confirmed President Trump’s growing dissatisfaction with Nielsen.

President Trump has named Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, as Acting Secretary, and expressed his confidence in McAleenan.

This move likely signals President Trump’s desire to get tougher on U.S. border enforcement. However, U.S. immigration laws such as the controversial practice known as “catch and release” is serving as a magnet for economic migrants seeking asylum.

 

According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol data, more than 2,000 apprehensions have been recorded each day since the 2019 fiscal year began.

Until Congress addresses the failing U.S. immigration laws, it is clear the chaos and surge in migrants will continue.

(Original Story)

Washington D.C. – Lengthy delays for truckers and others attempting to cross the U.S./Mexico border are expected to continue according to President Trump.

In a series of tweets Saturday night, President Trump said “the large scale surge of illegal migrants trying to make their way into the United States” has prompted the redeployment of 750 border agents away from the ports of entry.

President Trump said his administration’s focus is on “Border Security, not Ports Of Entry.”

 

Additionally, he said to expect the long delays “until such time as Mexico is able to use its powerful common sense Immigration Laws to stop illegals coming through Mexico into the U.S., and removing them back to their country of origin.”

Mr. Trump called on Democrats in Congress to “help the Republicans… end the horrible, costly and foolish loopholes in our Immigration Laws.”

 

 

Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported last week that the growing crisis at the U.S. southern border was creating intense pressure on Customs and Border Patrol personnel and creating long delays.

One TNN reader reported to us that traffic south of Laredo was backed up “20 plus miles.”

 

 

Further, the pressure on staffing has also led to Border Patrol cutting all Sunday commercial vehicle inspections at the Nogales, Arizona port of entry as well as creating massive wait times at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

 

Other ports of entry are operating on a restricted schedule of hours.

Fears are also now beginning to grow that such pressures and inefficiencies in the cross-border distribution system could lead to a spike in produce prices and possibly even shortages of certain foods.

On Wednesday, in a letter, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requested that DHS employees volunteer to assist Customs and Border Patrol and ICE “in responding to the emergency at the southern border.”

Nielsen described the scene at the southern border as a “system-wide failure.” Nielsen said she has met with “senior Mexican officials” to discuss how to “stem the historic flows” from both sides of the border, but the dysfunction continues.

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