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House leaders vote to sue Trump over border emergency order

House leaders vote to sue Trump over border emergency order

He also demanded that Mexico tamp down on the flow of drugs.

The US House of Representatives will sue to block President Donald Trump's transfer of money to pay for a wall along the border with Mexico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday.

Last week, Trump had said he would give Mexico one week to increase apprehensions of migrants from Central America from coming toward the U.S. - and threatened a border closure as a effect.

With Democrats determined to stop the border wall and debate any sort of immigration restrictions proposed by Trump, the flow of migrants from Mexico and Central America - which had slowed down to a trickle in the early days of the Trump presidency - has turned into a torrent, with Homeland Security and Border Patrol reporting they are "overwhelmed".

Trump invoked national emergency powers in February, having tried to get wall funding from Congress without success. "No one is above the law or the Constitution, not even the President". "We must. Our broken immigration system and years of unwillingness to secure our southern border has produced a security and humanitarian crisis", Cruz said a statement issued to media Thursday morning, according to USA Today.

He appeared to back away from that position on Thursday when he said he'd impose tariffs on cars coming into the USA from Mexico if the country doesn't do enough over the next year to stem the flow of drugs crossing the border. He has since praised the country for doing more. "We're going to give them a one-year warning and if the drugs don't stop or largely stop, we'll put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular cars".

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Responding to Trump's threats, Nielsen rushed home late Monday night from Europe, where she was attending G7 security meetings and meant to fly to the border mid-week to assess the impact of changes already made, including reassigning some 2,000 border officers assigned to check vehicles to deal with migrant crowds and new efforts to return more asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait out their case.

"I don't play games", Trump said.

Stefan Oliva, a research analyst at Gro Intelligence, which collects and analyzes agricultural data, said "procurement managers, wholesalers and processors" are "clamoring" foravocados in case the border is shut ahead of the Cinco de Mayo celebration. The Council of Economic Advisers, she said, was conducting a number of studies on the impact, and "working with the president to give him those options".

Trump plans to visit the border at Calexico, California, on Friday.

The Republican president had threatened last week to close the border this week unless Mexico immediately halted "ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States".

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