President Trump reiterated his threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border after a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, issuing a new threat to dismantle the U.S. immigration system by getting “rid of” immigration judges who hear migrants’ cases.
While speaking the Oval Office, reporters asked the president if he would move forward with his plan to close the Mexico border.
“Well I haven’t made that intention known and I’m ready to close it if I have to close it,” Trump said. “Mexico has the strongest immigration laws in the world. Nobody has stronger. I guess some have the same but you can’t get any stronger than what Mexico has and we don’t want people coming up on this dangerous journey and coming in.”
Trump railed against the U.S. immigration system, saying it “is absolutely maxed out.”
“And what we have to do is Congress has to meet quickly and make a deal,” the president insisted. “I could do it in 45 minutes. We need to get rid of chain migration, we need to get rid of catch and release and visa lottery and we have to do something about asylum and to be honest with you, we have to get rid of judges.”
Trump did not offer details about his plant to “get rid of judges.”
TRUMP threatens to close border with Mexico as soon as this weekend, then rants about immigration during Oval Office meeting with NATO secretary general: "What we have to do is Congress has to meet quickly & make a deal… to be honest with you, we have to get rid of judges." pic.twitter.com/DAbeXVXUIK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 2, 2019