White House Claims Trump Has ‘Little Choice’ But To Close The Border

TOPSHOT - Migrants from Guatemala, part of the Central American migrant caravan, are seen near the US-Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 9, 2018. - Thousands of Centra... TOPSHOT - Migrants from Guatemala, part of the Central American migrant caravan, are seen near the US-Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 9, 2018. - Thousands of Central American migrants, mostly Hondurans, have trekked for over a month in the hopes of reaching the United States. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP) (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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April 2, 2019 10:47 a.m.

White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp took to CNN to defend President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the border, which critics say is as inhumane as it is economically unwise.

“We’re being left with no choice, little choice at this point in terms of what we’re going to do with our resources,” Schlapp told CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “What has had to happen is we had to move our border patrol agents — about 750 of them — from the ports of entry into the other areas of the border where we’re seeing a huge surge coming from illegal aliens, family units, who are crossing the border. So in essence, there is a crisis.”

Per Politico, many in Trump’s own administration don’t want the border shut down and are hoping for a last-minute legislative fix that would satiate the President.

Here is a good rundown of what’s actually happening at the border. Crossings are not at anywhere near an all-time high, but more families are coming over than have before, creating a new subset of needs.

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