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- Recently, Homeland Security officials have been grappling with an ever-growing number of Central American children and families coming over the border, and some officials have described the immigration system as being at a breaking point.
- The Trump administration announced on Saturday that border officials would aim to more than quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the southern border each day in order to combat this immigration surge.
- On the same day, Trump moved to cut direct aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, three nations that are home to some of the migrant caravans that have come through Mexico to the U.S. border. The State Department notified Congress that it would be looking into to suspending payments to the three countries.
- The president has also renewed his threat to close the border between the U.S. and Mexico if the Mexican government does not act aggressively to curb illegal immigration.