President Trump spoke about the progress of building more barrier along the United States-Mexico border during a visit to California Friday, saying it is now imperative that the US stop the flow of illegal aliens because “the system is full.”
President Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited Calexico, California and held a public meeting with officials from the Border Patrol, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the military, and others.
President Trump said the US immigration system is beyond capacity and more wall needs to continue to be built. So far this year, more than 80 miles of barrier have been installed, with another 97 miles planned by the end of the year.
“The wall has had a tremendous impact,” President Trump said. “We have a system that is full. It is just full. And I was telling some of the people before, if it’s full, there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, who heads the Army Corps of Engineers, attended the meeting and said there will be around 450 miles of new border barrier put in place by the end of Y 2020.
President Trump reiterated the point several times during the meeting, which was broadcast live, that there is an emergency at the border and something needs to be done.
“This is an absolute emergency. I see that some of our biggest opponents over the last two days have said, you know what? It is an emergency. They can’t believe what is happening,” President Trump said. “Part of it is because of the fact that the country is doing so well. Part of it is a scam. People want to come in. They shouldn’t be coming in.”
President Trump added later that existing immigration laws, including those around the asylum process, need to be fixed.
After calling some of the laws “horrible loopholes,” President Trump said, “It’s bad. Whether it’s catch and release or the visa lottery. So many of them. Chain migration. Total disaster. The asylum laws are broken. I inherited this stuff. We’re going to get it fixed. We have to.
“I also want to state that there is indeed an emergency on our southern border. It has been loud and clear.”
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