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President Trump on Thursday renewed his threat to close the southern border, claiming in a morning tweet that Mexico is doing "NOTHING" to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants into the United States.

Trump blamed Mexico for a growing flow of "illegals" entering the United States and cited two large migrant caravans making their way toward the US border. "Mexico has the strongest, & they make more than $100 Billion a year on the U.S. Therefore, CONGRESS MUST CHANGE OUR WEAK IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW", the Twitter tirade began.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that tackling illegal immigration is an issue chiefly for the United States and Central America to address. The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did not specify which ports the administration was considering closing, but said only that closures were "on the table". "But they chose not to", Trump said.

In response to pressure from Mexico and the Trump administration, the governments of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and the US announced on Thursday that they had come to an agreement to enforce a number of measures to deter "irregular migration", including enhancing border security and joint policing efforts.

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Mr Lopez Obrador wants the USA to fund $10 billion in economic development programs for Mexico and Central America to attack the poverty and violence he says are the root causes of migration.

Arrests all along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months. "We are going to do everything we can to help".

Sanchez told reporters that criminal groups are transporting migrants from the Southern Mexico border town of Tapachula to the US border in trucks, charging thousands of dollars per person for the service.

"That breaking point has arrived this week", McAleenan said Wednesday in El Paso. More personnel between ports of entry may allow more visibility to catch these migrants once they've crossed, but it's unclear whether their presence will make them more likely to avoid crossing in the first place. "We are a great neighbour", Ebrard said.

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A senior Homeland Security official speaking later Friday said what Mr. Trump was talking about was moves already underway to pull officers from the ports of entry and deploy them to help the Border Patrol between the ports. "We don't in any way want a confrontation with the United States", he said.

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls, right, during a news conference inside Yuma City Council Chambers about the current humanitarian crisis in the border region due to high volumes of illegal migrant crossing in Yuma, Arizona on March 28.

But President Trump has threatened to close the southern border prior to Friday's ultimatum, and he hasn't exactly followed through with it.

Trump has so far been unable to convince Congress to tighten asylum laws or fund a proposed border wall that was one of the main platforms of his 2016 election campaign and then his presidency. Trump has declared a national emergency to justify redirecting money earmarked for the military to pay for building a wall.

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