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Trump takes a step back from threat to close southern border

1 year 4 months 1 week ago Tuesday, April 02 2019 Apr 2, 2019 April 02, 2019 10:18 PM April 02, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JILL COLVIN and COLLEEN LONG
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Trump administration officials are exploring actions to satisfy President Donald Trump's call for a strong response to a surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says she's creating an emergency operations center and having a veteran official manage the response within the department.

A person on a conference call Tuesday night tells The Associated Press that Nielsen said border issues would be treated "as if we have been hit by a Category 5 hurricane."

Meanwhile, Trump eased up on his threats to close the southern border, saying Tuesday that he was pleased with steps Mexico had taken in recent days.

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