Washington: President Donald Trump on Friday visited Calexico in southern California to inspect a section of the new wall that is being built on the US’ southern border with Mexico.
“If you want to climb that, it’s pretty sharp up on top, too. If you want to climb that then you deserve whatever you can get, but it’s very, very hard. It’s meant anti-climb. It’s called anti-climb, so it’s a great wall and … I think it looks fantastic — very see-through, so you’re able to see the other side, which is a very important element,” CNN quoted Trump as saying during his visit along with law enforcement and immigration officials near the border.
While addressing a roundtable meeting on border security here, the US President noted that the immigration system in his country is “full”, regardless of whether the individuals seeking to come into the US are seeking asylum or not.
“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. Can’t take you. Our country is full… Can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry. So turn around. That’s the way it is,” he added.
The President further said that “close to 400 miles” of border wall will be completed within the next two years.
The President said that his administration has made progress in its push to dub the border situation as “an absolute emergency.”
“I see some of our biggest opponents over the last two days have said it really is an emergency, they can’t believe what’s happening. 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. They shouldn’t be coming in,” he said.
Trump on Thursday threatened to impose tariffs on automobiles made in Mexico and close the southern US border if the country did not stop “massive amounts of drugs” coming into the US within one year.
Last week, the Pentagon notified the US Congress that it had transferred USD one billion to begin new wall construction at the US-Mexico border at the behest of the US President.
The border wall is one of the long-standing promises that the US President had made during his 2016 presidential campaign.