Trump warns that NAFTA may hinge on Mexico's efforts to secure border

  • 6 years ago
U.S. President Donald Trump has linked his proposal to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to the ongoing negotiations on NAFTA.
He also renewed his call that the flow of illegal drugs and undocumented immigrants from the country "must stop".
Lee Seung-jae reports.
In a flurry of tweets on Sunday,... President Trump threatened to pull the DACA deal off the table,... and demanded Mexico's help stopping illegal border crossers,... or else he'd nix NAFTA.
He added the southern neighbor is doing "very little, if nothing" to stop illegal immigrants and drugs flowing across the border,... as the U.S. leader repeated a threat he made earlier this year,... warning a successful NAFTA renegotiation may hinge on Mexico making efforts to secure its side of the border.
Last week, Trump made comparisons between the Demilitarized Zone and the Mexican border,... saying that despite not getting paid much to help protect the DMZ that seperates the Koreas,... nobody comes through.
He added the DMZ is protected by 32-thousand soldiers, the finest equipment and barbed wire,... but little is done to protect America's own border.
In addition, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA,... Trump said there would be no deal to legalize the status of millions of undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children,... adding that the U.S. border with Mexico was "getting more dangerous".
DACA, created by former President Barack Obama,... was ended by Trump last year, but he gave Congress six months to pass legislation enshrining it.
A deal has so far proved elusive,... as Trump continues to blame the Democrats for not being able to fulfill his 2016 presidential campaign promise.
The president said Border Patrol agents can't do their jobs properly because of quote "ridiculous liberal laws" that allow people caught for being in the country illegally to be released while they await a hearing before a federal immigration judge.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.