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APRIL 9, 2018

     It's time for zero tolerance on illegal immigration.  President Trump zeroed in on illegal immigration and securing the border this week, ramping up rhetoric and leading a push to shore up the border -- reportedly reacting to backlash from conservatives over his handling of last month's omnibus spending bill. "We are sealing up our Southern Border," Trump tweeted Saturday. "The people of our great country want Safety and Security. The Dems have been a disaster on this very important issue!" Trump has appeared particularly focused on illegal immigration this week, particularly over the caravan of more than 1,000 Central American migrants that was making its way toward the U.S. border.

     Responding to initial reports that Mexican authorities were not initially stopping the progress, Trump threatened to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and also end foreign aid to countries such as Honduras, from where many of the migrants originated. He also called for tougher immigration laws. "Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong,” he tweeted Wednesday. “Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW!” Trump has since praised Mexican officials for breaking up the caravan.

     But Axios reported Trump focused on immigration and border issues not only because of the caravan. The outlet described Trump as having “buyer's remorse” for signing the controversial $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill -- which Trump had criticized at the time for lacking enough funding for the border wall. While it provided $1.6 billion for border security, including for 100 miles of fencing, the money largely was for replacement of existing structures and ruled out the prototypes Trump recently viewed in California -- a move that immigration hardliners saw as a defeat.
 
 

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