Saturday, April 6, 2019

President Trump Says Southern-Border Asylum Seekers Are Running a ‘Scam’

Photo: David Peinado/Zuma Press
President visits border area, says those requesting asylum make up stories of persecution; gang violence is still a problem in Central America
President Trump made his case for more barriers as he visited the border with Mexico on Friday, while continuing to say the U.S. immigration system is being overwhelmed by Central Americans seeking asylum.
“We can’t take you anymore. I’m sorry. Can’t happen. So turn around,” Mr. Trump said of the migrants.
He made the comments during a discussion with border officials that was followed by a visit to a proposed border wall at one of two international ports of entry in California’s Imperial Valley. Mr. Trump recently declared a border emergency to redirect more funding for a border wall.
Mr. Trump blasted the asylum system, asserting that people are making up stories of being threatened by violence at home to be able to stay in the U.S. “It’s a scam. It’s a hoax,” Mr. Trump said. “I know about hoaxes, I just went through a hoax. Our system is full.”
Gang violence remains a problem in Central America, and Mr. Trump’s recent call to cut off financial aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador has been criticized by members of both parties as counterproductive.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently said the department estimated about 100,000 migrants crossed the border illegally or asked for refuge at legal border crossings in March, a level not seen in more than a decade.
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