Donald Trump, President of the United States has said that the country cannot take any more immigrants even if they are seeking asylum as the system is ‘full’.
Trump paid a visit to the US-Mexico border on Friday, following a week of confusing comments over whether he’d shut it down. The President stopped in Calexico, California, on Friday afternoon to tour replacement border fencing and participate in a border security roundtable.
According to the Arizona Republic, the two-mile stretch replacement barrier he’ll see was authorised prior to when he came into office, but a plaque on the bollards calls it “the first section of President Trump’s border wall.”
During the roundtable, Trump said the immigration system is full, regardless of whether the individuals seeking to come into the US are seeking asylum or not, CNN reported.
“The system is full. We can’t take you anymore. Whether it’s asylum. Whether it’s anything you want. It’s illegal immigration,” Trump said. “Can’t take you anymore … I’m sorry. So turn around. That’s the way it is.”
He also repeated his claim asylum seekers were perpetrating a hoax on the US.
“They have lawyers greeting them. They read what the lawyer tells them to read. They’re gang members and they say ‘I fear for my life,'” he said.
“They’re the ones who are causing fear for life. It’s a scam, OK? It’s a scam. It’s a hoax. I know about hoaxes. I just went through a hoax,” Trump said to laughter in the room. “So our system is full. We’re not taking them anymore.”
The visit follows a series of threats Trump made calling for Mexico and Congress to shape up or face the closure of the southern border.
The initial threat Trump issued last week was that he’d close down the southern border within a week if Mexico didn’t increase migrant apprehensions on its southern border, where Central American migrants seeking to move northward may eventually try to illegally enter the US.