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president Donald Trump on Thursday appears to back off his threats to close the southern border imminently instead giving Mexico a one year deadline to halt the flow of illegal drugs into the U. S. or face new trade barriers we're gonna give them a one year warning , and if the drugs don't stop were largely stop we're gonna put tariffs , one Mexico and products in particular cars and if that doesn't stop the drugs , we close the border US business groups and senior Republicans pushed back after trouble asked week threatened to close the border the president's demanded Mexico halt the flow of central American migrants after a recent spike in new asylum seekers overwhelmed American border agencies the U. S. shifted seven hundred and fifty customs agents from inspecting vehicle traffic at land crossings to assist border patrol that lead to gridlock at some of the world's busiest commercial land crossings Mexico also took steps that appeared aimed at appeasing the US president it seems to have slammed the brakes on issuing so called humanitarian visas that allow migrants from other countries to pass freely within its borders as many as fifteen hundred men women and children traveling in a large group gathered in the town of mapa static in the state of Chiapas and so they were unable to obtain the temporary visas , we were there sorting out paperwork but they said no that there was no way to continue with the procedure they closed immigration and we couldn't do anything we spent two months there and they said they weren't able to resolve anything like that or not Mexico denies changing its policy but trump this week praised the move really apprehending thousands of people and it's the first time really in decades at this is taking place and they should have taken place a long time of trouble visit the border town of Calexico on Friday