President Donald Trump renewed his calls for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border with a tweet on Friday, in which he attacked the governments of El Salvador and Mexico.
Trump In his regular early-morning tweet this time accused the two nations that MS-13 gang members that are originating from El Salvador are traveling through Mexico and re-enter the U.S. again after being previously deported.
The two countries’ governments, Trump said, are not doing enough to stop them.
“MS-13 gang members are being removed by our Great ICE and Border Patrol Agents by the thousands, but these killers come back in from El Salvador, and through Mexico, like water. El Salvador just takes our money, and Mexico must help MORE with this problem. We need The Wall!” the president wrote.
Trump has regularly used MS-13, which is a criminal drug cartel that originated from Los Angeles in the 1980s, in order to build support for his signature campaign promise to build a physical barrier along the U.S.’s southern border.
According to The Hill, Trump administration’s insistence on funding for increased border security and wide restrictions on legal immigration has led to a stalemate over immigration reform in Congress, which is rushing to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients before the program expires next month.
January, Trump was harshly criticized by Democrat lawmakers when he seemingly accused MS-13 members of infiltrating the ranks of DACA recipients and pretending to be unaccompanied minors traveling to the U.S. during his State of the Union speech.
“Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors,” Trump said last month.
“Tonight I am calling on Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country,” he added.