Trump reverses course on border shutdown

The president abandons his threat to shut down the southern border, instead opting to give Mexico a year to stop the influx of migrants. ABC News' Jordyn Phelps reports.
1:44 | 04/05/19

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Just days ago president from threatens to close the southern borders this week if Mexico didn't do more to stop Central American migrants. They don't stop some quick closing the border. They'll close at what we'll keep it close for a long time I'm not play games the president's top aides made clear that the president had every intention of following through. It's certainly isn't a plucky can take a present seriously and here is why. You're gaining those metrics what he's looking at is at 4000 migrants apprehended in one day recently. We're on track this month for close to 100000. In what would it take for him not to do that this week. I'd something dramatic but now in a dramatic reversal the president says he doesn't think he'll ever have to follow through with that threat. I don't think we'll ever have to close the border because. The penalty of tariffs on cars coming into the United States from Mexico. At 25%. Roe V. And massive. The president also claims that Mexico has stepped up its efforts in recent days Mexico the last four days. Has really done a great job what they're southern border. With the Honduras with Guatemala. With El Salvador. Grabbing and taking it and bringing people. Back to their countries. But ABC news has found no evidence that Mexico has actually changed its practices. The president's about face comes as he set to actually travel to the border today the White House says he'll be touring a portion of newly completed promised border while. But in reality the president will be touring renovate and while that is replacing an already existing barrier can happen today Jordan our thanks to her.

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