- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

President Trump suggested Wednesday that illegal immigrants from Central America are worse than those from Mexico, changing tone from his campaign declaration that Mexico was sending the worst of the worst to the U.S.

“Those countries are sending the tough ones. They are sending the gang members,” the president said during roundtable in Texas. “People from Mexico, they come in and help with the farming and they go out, no problem.”

That’s a marked change from 2015 when, in announcing his campaign, he said Mexico sends “people that have lots of problems,” checking off drugs and rapists as the fruit of Mexican migration to the U.S.

In recent weeks Mr. Trump has been far more complimentary to America’s southern neighbor, saying praising the new Mexican government for stepping up its own enforcement efforts against the Central Americans streaming across its territory headed for the U.S.

Meanwhile he’s become much harsher to Central American governments, announcing plans to halt U.S. aid as punishment for those nations failing to keep their citizens from fleeing.

“Dangerous people are coming here and the good people are dying,” he said.

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