In a repetitive manner, President Donald Trump has renewed his threat to close the vital US-Mexico border on Thursday, alleging Mexico was doing “NOTHING” to slow the flow of illegal immigrants to the US.
In a burst of early morning tweets, Trump warned: "May close the Southern Border!"
"Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action," he added.
"Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don't care, such BAD laws."
He previously made similar threats, including in December in the early days of America's longest ever federal government shutdown, when he vowed to seal the frontier "entirely" if the Congress did not approve billions of dollars in funding for a wall.
Lawmakers have raised their concerns and objections, prompting Trump to declare a national emergency instead in order to bypass the Congress and unlock the money to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise to build a border wall.
However, his move drew condemnation from both the president's rival Democrats and fellow Republicans, who warned it was an abuse of presidential powers and created a dangerous precedent.
Although there has been a surge in arrivals of families and children at the border, overall the detention of illegal migrants there is down substantially from a decade or more ago, according to AFP.