Tensions are rising, fingers are pointing and the search for solutions is becoming increasingly fraught.
Although about 650 miles of the U.S. -Mexico is fenced off, no new border barriers have been erected during Trump's presidency.
Mark Morgan told "Fox & Friends" in an interview that aired Saturday that the legal actions against Trump's long-desired physical barrier are "intellectually dishonest" to Americans. His visit comes just one week after he threatened to close down the border. "We don't love the fact that he's carrying the flag of Honduras or Guatemala or El Salvador only to say he's petrified to be in his country", Trump said.
Now, with the encouragement of an influential aide and with his re-election campaign on the horizon, Trump is looking at personnel changes as he tries to shift blame elsewhere. Vitiello, who has served as acting ICE director since June 2018, was pushed by Trump to lead the agency in an official capacity. "Many parts of the U.S. economy would be impacted", said Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist at Cox Automotive, which runs Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader.
The filing came a day after House leaders voted to authorize a lawsuit against Trump over his national emergency declaration and on the same day when Trump visited California's southern border city of Calexico, 250 km southeast of Los Angeles, and inspected construction works of the border wall there.
"We go by this frightful Flores situation. They are going to have to live with it, they are going to have to live with it", Trump said Thursday.
"They understand we stopped". The White House did not respond to questions Friday about whether Trump was on board with that plan.
Trump then imitated immigration advocates who have pushed for the U.S. to adopt more expansive policies to allow asylum-seekers into the country. He had requested $5.7 billion for construction, but Congress has granted only a fraction of that.
The president later backed off that threat, saying he would give Mexico a "one-year warning" to stem the flow of illegal drugs entering our country from the southern border.
"It's a colossal surge", Trump said of the migrant caravans from Central America, "and it's overwhelming our immigration system". Talking to the soldiers here, Trump said that the problem of migrants is making a huge difference in our system and we cannot let this happen.
Waving U.S. and Mexican flags, the protesters carried signs with messages such as "Stop separating families" and "If you build the wall, my generation will tear it down".
The Republican President's latest pronouncements were in response to a rising number of migrants traveling northward from Central America through Mexico and to the U.S. border.
Trump has also sparred with Congress on border security and is calling on lawmakers to revamp what he calls the worst immigration laws in the world. While illegal border crossings are still down sharply from their peak in 2000, they have nonetheless reached a 12-year high. It's unclear whether that increase is a result of more migrants coming through Mexico, or of the Mexican government stepping up its efforts. "I am very anxious that I will be accosted if I am sent back home'".