Originally published by The Hill
Univision host Jorge Ramos said on Wednesday that “there is no invasion at the border” after President Trump said in a tweet that a “big Caravan of People from Honduras” was headed to the U.S. through Mexico.
Ramos, who has clashed with Trump in the past, also argued in a tweet that sending the military to patrol the southern border would be a waste of time and money.
Let me remind everyone that there is no invasion at the border, that Mexico is not an enemy, that detentions at the border are at a 40-year low, that the undocumented populations has remained at 11M for a decade and that to send troops to the border would be a waste of time and $
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) April 4, 2018
Ramos's tweet comes a day after Trump announced that he would be sending military troops to guard the southern border until a wall is built.
In recent days, Trump has been highlighting “caravans” of immigrants headed to the U.S. through Mexico after a Fox News report.
Trump said that migrants are trying to come to the U.S. to “take advantage" of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Trump last year rescinded DACA, which provides protection to young undocumented immigrants. The president's action is under review in the courts.
Newly arrived undocumented immigrants would be ineligible for such protections, however.
The president has said Mexico “is doing very little” to stop immigrants from coming to the U.S. while also touting their “very strong border laws.”
Ramos told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson late Tuesday that Trump has realized that he needs Mexico.
“Talking about Central Americans crossing from Mexico to the United States, I think finally the United States and Donald Trump, they realize that they need Mexico to control immigration,” Ramos said. “Maybe this is Mexico’s bargaining chip.”