tv Acting CBP Commissioner Briefs Reporters on Migration CSPAN September 9, 2019 3:38pm-4:22pm EDT
pentagon, a wreath-lying ceremony. on c-span, c-span 3 and online at c.org or listen on the free c-span radio app. >> the trump administration says there has been a 0% drop in the number of people apprehended at the southern u.s. border following an agreement between mexico and the u.s. mark morgan briefed reporters at the white house earlier this afternoon. >> good morning and thank you for being here today. as the commissioner of customs and border protection, i'm announce that the statistics for
the month of august and i said this many times, has congress failed to pass meaningful legislation to address the crisis at the border which would stop children from being used as passports and end the cartel's ability to exploit this population, the trump administration has taken a number of unilateral actions unprecedented actions that we will discuss today. but first, let's discuss the results of the administration's incredible efforts. during the month of august, c.b.p. apprehended a total of 64,000 individuals. for july, if you recall, that number was just over 82,000, which represents a decline of 22%. moreover, the august numbers reflects and this is critical, the august numbers reflect a 56%
reduction from the peak in may, which you recall was over 144,000 individuals. and why? d why do we see in 90 days a 56% reduction? the president has made it very clear, but he is going to use every tool available to him and this administration to address this unprecedented crisis at the border. we have seen historic agreements and policies put in place by this administration. unprecedented network of initiatives from regulatory reforms, policy changes, the list goes on and on what this administration has done that resulted in this 56% decrease. let's talk about the government of mexico. the government of mexico has taken meaningful and unprecedented steps to help curb the flow of illegal immigration to our border.
xico has apprehended 134,000 people so far this calendar year. last year, 2018 calendar year, the entire year of 2018, 83,000. that is a substantial increase of apprehension that the government of mexico has executed. in addition, since june, mexico has deployed thousands of troops. they created a new national guard within their country, 10,000 troops to the southern border, 15,000 troops to the northern border with the united states. again, unprecedented support and cooperation with the government of mexico. but i'm going to tell you and go into a little more what the government of mexico has done but need to do more. the international outreach to the governments of central american countries is also beginning to yield effective and
positive results, particularly the efforts to stem the surge of illegal migrants crossing and disrupt alien smuggling organizations. additionally, the northern triangle countries along with the government of mexico have joined the united states as true partners for the first time. they are seeing this as a true regional crisis that needs continuing coordination, cooperation and effort that this is not just a united states problem, that this is a regional crisis that takes on regional support and regional solutions. help, and this goes to the that mexico is providing. tens of thousands of individuals around at our southwest border many of them attempting to enter illegally. these individuals because of our broken asylum laws have been
released into the interior of the united states as they await asylum hearings. this could take years. shortage of immigration judges, backlog. the list goes on. many never stick to the process and never continue to go through its final stages and even when they receive a final order of removal, they still remain in the united states illegally. those are facts. under the m.p.p., aliens who are entering or seeking asylum and admission into the united states from mexico illegally or without proper documentation may be returned to mexico and required to wait outside the united states for the duration of their immigration proceedings which take place in the united states. the government of mexico has agreed to provide them while they are waiting in mexico with appropriate humanitarian protections for the duration of their stay.
here's a couple of key points at m.p.p. it discourages the abuse and exploittation of u.s. laws and nonmeritorious or false asylum claims. m.p.p. provides an orderly process along the southwest border, freeing up limited number of resources and frees up time to devote to those migrants who may legitimately have a merit-based claim. as of september 1 of this year, c.b.p. has returned more than 42,000 individuals to mexico under the m.p.p. now let me emphasize appoint that i made a minute ago. even though mexico has stepped up unprecedented, they have joined the united states as well as our northern triangle partners and really stepped up as true partners and seeing it as a regional crisis and stepped up in unprecedented ways and we
need them to do more. we need mexico to do more. we need to make sure they are sustaining the efforts right now that the national guard, the 25,000 troops they have deployed stay on target, stay on task. we need them to continue and expand the m.p.p. which is a game changer right now with respect to stemming the floor. they need to work with our intelligence folks and use information and share intelligence and develop target enforcement actions. so they are stepping up in unprecedented ways but we need them to continue to sustain that and we need them to continue to do more. deterrence president trump is making its clear that if you come to the united states of america illegally you will be removed. if you come here as an illegal alien into the united states, you commit crimes or illegally take american jobs, you will
face consequences. let me talk a minute about the border wall. a little topic that has been in the news. president trump has made it very clear that we will build a wall on the u.s.-mexico border. and as the commissioner, i can tell you that's exactly what we are doing every single day. together with the united states army corps of engineers, c.b.p. has constructed more than 65 miles of new border wall. and more than a border wall, it's a border wall system. and now that we have the secretary of defense authority to use additional $3.6 billion and hoping to build 500 new miles of new border by the end of 2020. i want to make sure i emphasize something as the c.p.p. commissioner, the border patrol leadership, they want this wall. this is not a vanity project as
one of the false fartives out there. this president has delivered to the experts, to the border patrol, to the leadership, asked what they needed. one of the key things they said they needed was the wall. and this is not just a wall that is being built right now but a wall system includes access roads, lighting and tech following. when asked the leadership, universally said, the wall works. where it has been used in the past, history has shown the numbers have gone down. we have saying for a long time and the experts were saying, when they were asked by the president, this wall is absolutely needed as part of what we have been saying, a multi layered approach of infrastructure, technology and personnel and where that is implemented in strategic locations, it works. the experts say it works. the experts have asked for this
and this president and this administration has delivered and they are going to continue to deliver. as we stated from the beginning, that wall is an integral part of that multi layer strategy. in closing, president trump has used every tool available to address the humanitarian security crisis at this border. the entire d.h.s. family and the speaker pro tempore: c.e. are working with c.b.p. to restore integrity to the immigration system. and i, as the commissioner, could not be more proud of the men and women of the customs and border protection. they support what they do and steadfast devotion to their mission and the rule of law and doing so with humanity and compassion. let me summarize that we are encouraged by the downward trend of apprehension numbers but we know these numbers could spike upwards. history has shown it.
we cannot rely solely on the government of mexico to solve the factors created by a broken system. unless the laws changed, these numbers will rise again next year. we will face the same kind of crisis we have for way too long. congress must absolutely act to pass meaningful legislation to address the loopholes in our current system if we are going to have a durable lasting solution to this crisis. reporter: can you address the complaint and reports of abuse of minors in u.s. custody. when this was the wall was sold, we were told that mexico would pay for the wall. >> with allegations of abuse. one of the things i did with c.b.p. in 2014 as the acting
assistant commissioner for internal affairs and i can say from my personal knowledge that every single allege, every single allege that is brought forward with any type of abuse or violation of policy is investigated to its fullest. and it's not just investigated by c.b.p. there are multiple layers, the i.g. has a take at it. civil liberties section takes a look at that as well. yimet confident i can say every single investigation is investigated thoroughly. now your second question, the wall as far as who is paying for it, as the commissioner i don't care. that's for politicians to decide. as the commissioner, every single mile of wall that is built, this country is more safe. every single mile of wall that's built, it allows the border
patrol agents to increase their capacity to do their job. that's what i can tell you. reporter: a federal judge in california has maintained a ban on the administration's policy that restricts a migrant's bility to apply for aseal umh. what is your reaction? >> i'm frustrated, the judicial activism every single time this administration comes up with what we believe is a legal rule or policy that we wellly believe will address this crisis, we end up getting enjoined. but we are going to keep going and we will work within the legal framework to do this. this president and this administration, we keep having to go outside the box within the current legal framework to come up with new initiatives and policies and regulations because
this congress won't do their job. i talked to multiple people on the hill and i told them exactly what they need to do to pass meaningful legislation that would end 85% of this crisis. ou can do it in half an hour and refuse to do so. reporter: using resources like personnel and finances related to the united states military. is that making the sort of difference that you thought it would and are you sensitive to the pushback that we have heard from a number of people by engaging in the military is not the best use? >> what i would say is, it would be way outside my lane to talk about the impacts of use of the military or the funding. that should be left up to the secretary of defense. what i will say, i have full confidence in the secretary of defense that he would not
approve the utilization of resources or funding that not enable him to carry out his mission. we are doing a mission, too. the crisis is not just a humanitarian crisis but a national security crisis. so again, every troop that is assigned there, they are helping with the national security crisis. every mile of wall is helping as well. reporter: you are saying congress needs to do, what is the latest with jared kushner's latest plan? >> that shows this administration's effort. as congress continues to fail to put anything out there, they haven't brought anything to the floor, any meaningful legislation to the floor. mr. kushner and his team are trying to put together a comprehensive plan that will get
traction. d.h.s. is working with that. i'm having dialogue and discussions with that. it would be debate to be able to put something together that is meaningful to get bipartisan support to actually end this crisis. i aplowed his efforts, absolutely. -- rter: two questions, one >> i can give people one question. reporter: you attribute the drop in apprehensions to the president's policy, but isn't it also true that apprehensions during this period because of the heat? >> that's a good question because that is one of the false fartives that is out there. the past five years due to seasonal reasons, we have seen those numbers drop about 8%. if you look from june to july,
we saw those numbers drop by 40%. it's not supported by the facts. and now generally from july to august, last year from july to august, the numbers actually went up 16%. this is a season where they start going up. this year, down 23%. it's what this president and this administration is doing and nothing to do with seasonal trends. reporter: you just now complained about judicial activism and having policies enjoined by the courts. isn't it also just as possible that the policies that are being promulgated don't comply with the law? job to at the judge's do? >> it's a big of thing in this country. it's a big problem in this country. we can subsidy on legal premise
cease that is what they are there for, to interpret the law and not make the law. they are trying to make law instead of interpret that. reporter: we know the primary drivers on the border crisis are families, how has the administration policies affected? >> at the height we saw 144,000 just staggering. we were arranging 65% to 70%. and remember, because they have broken laws, those 65% to 75% were being released into the interior of the united states. right now, these numbers are not nly continuing to decline. 56%, so has that demographic. 55%.ll from 65% to
reporter: i understand that the administration says there have been 65 miles of new border wall has built, there is smaller more pourous system. when can we expect the administration to break ground on border wall when there hasn't been a barrier? >> there is a false narrative out there that no new wall has been built. i'm here to tell you that is a lie. every mile that is being built, it is a new mile of wall. and it's not just a wall, it's a wall system, integrated lighting and technology and access roads. if you go to those areas where there was landing maps and cut a hole in it in seconds, where new wall is going in, that is what it is and ask the agents. they will say that's new wall. the second part, the fairway to
categorize is this where we build new linear miles. so i told you we are anticipating by 2020, 450 to 500 miles. we have current projects that are included that will reach 100 new wall. f linear reporter: are you offering t.p.s. to the people of bahamas? >> yes. that's a good question right now. and there is a little bit of confusion out there. and i think it's clear, c.b.p. is part of the national response framework. part of that is that when people are affected by a hurricane, how can we get them to the united states if that's the best decision. c.b.p. with the united states government effort to support the
government of the bahamas is absolutely first and foremost, life and safety of individuals. we have deployed c.b.p. and authorized the deployment of resources to southern florida to make sure we can receive people that are coming in from the bahamas. we received two cruise ships and thousands of folks, flights are coming in constantly and deployed additional folks out to the small airports and reaching out to the aviation companies and to coordinate with the cruise ships. but i want to be very clear because i have seen false fartives out there, that doesn't mean we do this with a blind eye, we have to balance the humanitarian assistance versus the safety of this country. so we still will go through the process. but we are expediting that process and putting resources
down there. i could go on and on, but there are people that are admissible and people could have criminal convictions and we are going to process them. reporter: just a quick question about mexico's role here. [indiscernible] -- by the white house, financial or otherwise, to get them to continue their support? mr. morgan: i think that's a good question. the dialogue continues. the vice president is going to meet with senior officials from the government of mexico this week. to have that exact dialogue. to talk through about what has been done, what still needs to be done, as we continue to go. so those negotiations are ongoing. reporter: are you going to be part of the meeting from mexico with d.c.? morgue energy if i'm ask -- mr. morgan: if i'm asked, i will. reporter: every mile of wall
makes the country safer, you said, by the end of next year, or expecting 450, 500 miles of wall. "the washington post" has reported that the president would like the wall to be painted black and that by doing that, the extra cost would shorten the wall that you're hoping to build by four miles. you have objected to this by the president? is the president with this directive making the country less safe? mr. morgan: no. i think there's a lot that goes into it. that's why i always say, i give an proximate. 450 to 500 miles. there's a lot of facts that are go into that. i'm on constant communication with -- factors that go into that. i'm on constant communication. the terrain, what they hit when they start digging, the factors go on and on. i think it's common sense. there are a lot of factors that go into that. to include adding anti-climbing features to the wall as well, painting is one of those. there will be a cost associated to that and that may impact the
number of miles. the operational impact -- reporter: you support painting the wall? that would shorten -- mr. morgan: i think we need to strike a balance between making sure that the miles we build is the most effective wall system we build, with respect to also the number of miles. i think it's a balance we need to strike and that's exactly what we're doing. reporter: can you detail how the people rocess leaving because of the humanitarian crisis, can you get into the details on that? and also where specifically is this new area of wall being built? where specifically is what? mr. morgan: two questions. with respect to the bohemians coming in, it's dependent on the level of reconstruction and recovery. we'll make that determination as that goes on. again, our first and foremost concern -- reporter: years, months?
mr. morgan: it depends on how long it takes them to recover and rebuild. the united states government, including c.b.p., our first concern is the safety and well-being of those. so we would not support returning people to a place where it's not safe for them to be. with respect to the wall, again, that's being built in strategic locations along the southwest border. yuma, california, r.g.b., laredo, the list goes on. we're continuing to work with the army corps of engineers to make sure that we're striking that balance of our strategic needs and locations and where we can get the most mileage out of what we have. reporter: in july, a border official testified before congress that h.i.v. status is being used to justify family separation at the border. could you clarify if that occurs, is that policy still ongoing? mr. morgan: what the policy is
is that we're going look at first and foremost the health, safety and well-being of the child. d we will use a total of circumstances to make that decision to determine any type of separation. that's a policy. it has been and continues to be. reporter: specifically on bahamas, there's an incident where about 100 people fleeing the bahamas, got to a ferry and someone was kicked off a ferry because they didn't have documentation. the c.b.p. has got criticism over that because they were supposed to have visas. i wanted to get your reaction on that. and i have a follow-up question on a different topic. mr. morgan: the bahamas, you can imagine, any type of natural disaster like this, where you have this huge disaster, a lot of resources going on and responding, there's going to be some confusion. and so what i will say is that's what it was. c.b.p., we are not working and telling the cruise line that you
cannot allow anyone without documents, that's just not being done. so there's some confusion there. we will accept anyone on humanitarian reasons that needs to come here. we're going to process them expeditedly. again, though, if they are deemed to be inadmissible, for example, if they have a long criminal history and they've been denied entry into the united states previously, we're not going allow that person into the country to roam freely. we're going to process them like we normally would. reporter: you said that if the agreement is revoked, you think families will be kept between 50 to 60 days and that it won't be indefinite, those were your words. why should people trust the trump administration won't keep kids and families indefinitely, given the reports of children being held in dangerous condition, why should people trust this administration? mr. morgan: first of all, i would probably object to the term that they're being held in dangerous conditions. we would need to do a little deeper dive into what you mean
into that. here's two things i would say. one is, history shows that. history shows, we've talked , the this, a noncontained backlog takes years, as opposed to a detained docket. a detained docket, it takes 40 to 60 days to get through that process. from a commonsense perspective, why would we want to drag that process out? it's more costly to the taxpayers, it ties up resources, from all the agencies that could be doing more law enforcement action, to safeguard this country. it serves nobody's purpose to make sure and drag it out. to include the immigrants that are here. both on if you're here and your claim is found to be false or fraudulent, let's determine that quickly and return you to your home country. more importantly, if your claim is found to be merit, based on merit, let's get that process quickly so you can be returned
and released into the united states. porter: [indiscernible] -- with other countries -- [indiscernible] -- mr. morgan: i think it matters. i want to stay away from -- i think that's a colloquialism that we use in the united states. we are reaching across the aisle just as we did with the government of guatemala to come up with a cooperative agreement to return individuals to guatemala who transitioned through our cre-- through other countries. we are continuing to have those similar discussions for cooperative agreements with other countries as well. reporter: [indiscernible] -- mr. morgan: i'm not going to speculate. i'll leave that up to maybe the vice president and his discussion this week. but what i can tell you, think about this from a pragmatic standpoint. if somebody is fleeing their country because they feel that they're being persecuted for a list of legitimate reasons, it
really is in their best interest to apply for asylum to the first country that they have entered outside of the country that they are being persecuted. that's our design. we believe it's in their best interest as well. reporter: with the numbers going down, is there a point at which they'd be down far enough that the national emergency or crisis at the border will be over? and in a related question, they went up under the acting d.h.s. secretary. why does he get promoted rather than fired? mr. morgan: let me take the second one first. that's way out of my lane or pay grade. what was the first question again? reporter: when will the number goes down -- mr. morgan: right. what i would say is, that's tricky. i've been asked that a couple of times. trying to just be honest and transparent with that, from c.b.p., hey, look, if i could see daily apps around 500 a day, that's manageable.
i think. what i say, that's the -- would i say that's the magic number? the magic number is zero but we have to be realistic. saying 500, saying a specific number, it's not really that easy because it's not just about the numbers. it's also the demographics. one thing we've agreed upon, it gets back to your question about dangerous conditions. here's one thing we agree on. we've always said, from day one, that children, children should not be in border patrol facilities that were designed for single adults. we've said that to begin with. when we're talking about numbers, if a majority of those numbers, even 500 are kids, no. i would not say that that's manageable. because we still don't have the proper conditions and border patrol, current, hard structures to do that. we're still going to have to maintain soft-sided facilities to provide the conditions that we are providing now. which is what we should be. reporter: i want to clear up something you said to one of my colleagues here who asked about t.p.s. status being granted to bahamians. are we specifically talking
about all bahamians affected by dorian? or are you talking about simply expedited entry to the u.s. for those who qualify? mr. morgan: right now we're working through that. there hasn't been any formal grant of t.p.s. reporter: you have had that conversation with president trump or owe officials in the administration? mr. morgan: not yet. reporter: do you plan to, will you? mr. morgan: i think so. i think it will be appropriate to have that circumstance. history shows, we've done that before. the history shows that it's taken a lengthy time to get the bahamas back to where these people can return to, i'm sure that that will be a discussion we'll be having. reporter: following up on the dangerous conditions point. there are reports of expulsion and kidnappings with trainos. is your agency tracking this trend and are you doing anything to lessen the risk to migrants? mr. morgan: are you talking about those that are waiting in mexico under m.p.p.?
reporter: yes. mr. morgan: so let me address that. i think that's important. i've read the same reports, i've heard the same anecdotal allegations. to this darktse mexico has produced -- -- to this date, mexico has provided nothing to the united states. corroborating or verifying those allegations. here's what i would say. the mere fact that those allegations are here, this should really drive us to want to have intellectually honest conversations about the core drivers of this crisis. what is at the core driving this crisis? and we know that. but we're not talking about it enough. the cartels, they start exploiting and abusing these vulnerable this population vulnerable population before they leave their home country. they're selling a bill of goods. they're promising, hey, you mortgage your home, you give us thousands of dollars and we're going to take you on this dangerous trek through multiple countries because we're going to promise you, because of america's broken laws, you're going to be allowed into this
country. the cartels are exploiting them from day one. taking their money. we've heard from independent sources that on this dangerous trek, up to 33% are abused. 33%. and once they get into the united states, that exploitation doesn't start. they have to continue to extort them, to pay off the bill for taking them through. whether it's sex slavery, whatever that is. so the exploitation, it continues. from day one. that's the core issue. that's what we want to stop. and m.p.p. is doing just that. m.p.p. -- let me finish this. this is important. m.p.p., one of the most significant things that m.p.p. is doing is they're telling the cartels and this vulnerable population that the game has changed. if you come here, even with a kid, it used to be you come here with a kid, that was your passport into the united states, m.p.p. is saying, that's done. that's a lie now. you can't. you're not going to be allowed into this country even if you bring a kid. so don't mortgage your home, don't pay the cartels, don't risk your life. don't risk of life of your
family. when you get in here, don't allow yourself to continue to get exploited. that's what m.p.p. is doing. reporter: can you confirm that the m.p.p. -- [indiscernible] -- [talking simultaneously] reporter: let me ask you about the office of special counsel recently found c.b.p. in violation of d.n.a. collection laws for individuals in their custody in your custody. when will you start complying with these d.n.a. collection laws? mr. morgan: remember, i want to clear one of the false narratives out there that d.h.s., because really it's a d.h.s. issue, has violate some law but not doing this. that's factually inaccurate. previously -- reporter: [indiscernible] -- mr. morgan: no. i'll explain why. under the department of justice, the attorney general -- i'm answering your question. if you'll allow me to. the attorney general has stipulated there's a waiver. the secretary of
d.h.s. to decide whether they want to apply that waiver. this was done under former secretary napolitano for a whole host of what i think are the se d.h.s. to decide legitimate operational concerns and budgetary issues of why they granted that waiver. so now, i just want to make sure, there's no violation of law. let's fast forward to today. i believe personally that we need to take a look at this and we need to figure out a meaningful and thoughtful way of where we can begin to look at where it's appropriate to start applying with codis. we are currently under discussions with d.h.s. and the department of justice to come up with a meaningful, thoughtful strategy to begin that. reporter: what is the time frame for you complying with it then? what's the time frame for complying with it? why can't you answer that simple question? what's the time frame for complying with this? mr. morgan: i don't have a time frame. we need to make sure -- it would be nice if you'd let me answer your question without you
interrupting me. i'm trying to answer a question right now. we don't have a time because there's a lot that goes into that. it's not just as simple as one day we say, ok, start sending out the kids and do. it it's not that simple it's very complicated. this is a d.h.s. issue and the continuum of the immigration process, there's multiple agencies that are involved. we need to figure out where in the continuum it would be the most appropriate. we talk about budgetary issues, we have to talk about the impact to operations. we have to coordinate with the unions with respect to that. it's very complicated. i answered your question, we're going to do in a very meaningful, thoughtful way. when we're ready to actually execute it effectively, that's when we'll do it. reporter: senators rubio and scott have recently said that the policy with respect to the bahamas is confusing. i'm not entirely sure you what said so far is going to clarify that confusion. if you're a about a ham --
bahamian, trying to enter the country, what is the visa requirement? you mentioned that there are fees that are going to be waived. can you be specific? mr. morgan: i thought i addressed that. it's a humanitarian mission, right? with respect to this. if your life is in jeopardy, in the bahamas, and you want to get to the united states, you're going to be allowed to come to the united states. right? whether you have travel documents or not. 've already allowed u.s. citizens and nonu.s. citizens. we've processed people who have -- do e travel documents have travel documents and those who don't. we're still going to go through the process. and if you looked at the time, the process, i think the first ship that came in had over 1,400 individuals. we did that ship in a couple of hours. it was amazing work that the folks at c.b.p. did. but we're still going to do our job. we still need to process and vet them to make sure that we're not letting dangerous people in. taking advantage of this. i'll give you another example. we've had some individuals that
brought children with them from the bahamas who lost their mom and dad. so we need to make sure that, was there nene farious activity involved or were they doing it out of humanitarian reasons? so far, that's what we've seen. we still have to vet that out. reporter: thank you. you're touting this -- [indiscernible] -- regulation and also the help from mexico, you said you expect numbers to go up next year if congress doesn't act. do you expect mexico's support to wane in 2020 or people to find work-arounds for the new policies and rules? why do you expect it to go up since you've seen so much success in the last few months? mr. morgan: that's a great question. i am skeptical. again, make no mistake, mexico has stepped up an unprecedented way to be partners and see this as a regional crisis but we need them to do more. there are specific targeted areas we continue to talk to them that they need to do more. i am concerned.
the governor of mexico and other partners are going -- whether the governor of mexico and other partners are going to be able to sustain the level of commitment they have. in addition to that, as a country we cannot rely on other countries. no matter how great their support is, to fix our laws. if you think about it, it just can't be sustainable. so that's why i stick to that we need congress to act, they know what to do and they've failed the american people by not doing so. reporter: just to clarify. you said you're going to bet let the bahamians come. in anyone deemed a threat, are they going to be dropped back off in the bahamas? mr. morgan: no, of course not. that's where we go with our normal procedures. when we see somebody normally, out of the -- outside of the humanitarian process we bring them in. there are multiple agencies involved. they can come in and claim fear, the normal process, everything will be available to them. if we have someone that we deem is inadmissible, that came from the bahamas, obviously we're not going to return them because
it's unsafe. but for us, c.b.p., we will turn them over to i.c.e. who will take them and detain them appropriately and continue out with the procedure. one more question. gentleman in the back. reporter: thank you. you just mentioned the agreement this administration reached with the government of guatemala. the president-elect of guatemala was here last week questioning this agreement and saying that he hasn't seen the documents yet. that's one question. what do you think about this agreement? is it actually a functional agreement? and also, what other countries are you talking to, are you having talks to reach agreement? mr. morgan: good question. i'm glad you asked that for a moment of clarification. we have the agreement ready to go but it has not been ratified by the government of guatemala. so you're correct on that. we hope it will be. because i think it will be significant. and then we're continuing to talk to not only the northern triangle country, obviously gat malarks honduras, el salvador,
but also pan marks any country that really can step up and is really a part of this immigration crisis that really is a regional issue. thank you. reporter: the president's tweet this week, going to baltimore, can you come up to the podium? you want me to come see you? ok, i will. [laughter] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national able satellite corp. 2019] >> congress is back on capitol hill today. the house gavels in shortly at 4:30 eastern. this week members will debate bills on gas drilling in the arctic national wildlife refuge. as well as along the atlantic and pacific coasts and the eastern gulf of mexico. watch live house coverage shortly here on c-span. and this evening, president trump holds a campaign rally in fayetteville, north carolina. ahead of tomorrow's special election for the ninth
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