DONALD Trump last night toured a repaired section of the Mexico border wall – before declaring: “Our country is full.”
The US president inspected a newly-built 30ft “bollard wall” at a California border town amid what he and his administration have repeatedly claimed is an “emergency” at the frontier.
Donald Trump visited a section of the US-Mexico border on Friday, where he declared the US is ‘full’[/caption]
The 30ft border wall structure replaces old fencing that was built from scrap along a two-mile section of the frontier[/caption]
A White House spokesperson called the repaired fencing “the first completed section of the new border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”
Although the new barrier only replaces antiquated fencing made from landing mats scavenged during the Vietnam War era.
No new construction has taken place along the 1,954-mile border in spots where no barriers existed when Trump was sworn into office.
But a defiant Mr Trump – who has pinned his presidency on the issue of border security – said America has had enough of illegal immigration.
Speaking from the town of Calexico, where he participated in a briefing on immigration, the president added: “There is indeed an emergency on our southern border.
“It’s a colossal surge, and it’s overwhelming our immigration system. We can’t take you anymore. Our country is full.”
The imposing structure has been built with an anti-climb design, Trump added – and contains gaps so border officials can see through the other side.
His comments came as California joined 19 other states in suing Trump over his emergency declaration to build a border wall.
They requested a court order to stop money from being diverted to fund the project.
But Trump, who has ratcheted up his hard-line immigration rhetoric in recent weeks, declared that his move – which included vetoing a congressional vote – was necessary.
Democrats also filed a lawsuit on Friday preventing Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border.
Congress approved just under $1.4 billion (£1.07bn) for work on border barricades.
Trump has asserted he can use his powers to transfer an additional $6.7bn (£5.14) to wall construction.
Protesters were on hand to make sure opposition to Trump’s wall was heard.
As the president showed off the renovated section of the barrier to reporters, a balloon depicting Trump as a baby floated further down the border.
Arrests along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months, and border agents were on track to make 100,000 arrests or denials of entry in March – a 12-year high.
More than half of those are families with children, who require extra care.
Trump has yet to complete any new mileage of fencing or other barriers anywhere on the border.
But he declared on Friday that at least 400 miles of the border barrier would be erected over the next two years.
His administration so far has only replaced existing fencing.
Construction for that small chunk of fencing cost about $18million (£13.8m) began in February 2018 and was completed in October.
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Plans to replace that fence date back to 2009, during President Barack Obama’s time in office.
After the border visit, Trump took a short flight to Los Angeles, where he was set to hold a pair of fundraisers.
He was then poised to travel to Las Vegas for another 2020 re-election fundraiser and an address to the Republican Jewish Coalition.
President Trump arriving in Calexico on Friday, where he was briefed on border security[/caption]
President Trump meets with border security officials on the US-Mexico frontier[/caption]
Merchandise is displayed for sale on the US-Mexico Border fence[/caption]
President Donald Trump greets Border Patrol Agents and law enforcement officials[/caption]
President Donald Trump participated in a roundtable discussion on immigration and border security[/caption]
Protesters flew a giant Trump ‘baby’ balloon in protest at the president’s visit[/caption]
President Trump declared that the US is ‘full’ as he appeared at the border[/caption]
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