President Donald Trump on Friday went to the U.S.-Mexico border area in California to see border fencing and participate in a border security roundtable.

The president said that the immigration system is overloaded and illegal immigrants should “turn around” and go back to where they are from.

“The system is full. We can’t take you anymore. Whether it’s asylum. Whether it’s anything you want. It’s illegal immigration,” President 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.”

President Trump emphasized the situation at the border is “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,” the president said.

In a separate statement released from the White House, President Trump said: “The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency.”

The White House indicated in the statement: “President Donald J. Trump has warned repeatedly that our border is being overwhelmed and, as the numbers show, that is exactly what is happening.”

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted over 100,000 border enforcement actions in March, the largest number for one month in more than a decade, according to the statement.

“More than 75,000 migrants were apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the border in February, a disturbing upward trend from monthly totals late last year,” the statement reads. “The overwhelming surge of migrants has created a system-wide meltdown as resources and personnel at the border are being stretched completely beyond their capacity.”

The White House urges: “Congress must act immediately to fix the broken immigration system and address the root causes of the crisis at our border.”

The border tour by President Trump on Friday came after The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Employment Situation Report, which shows that the U.S. employment continues booming, with 196,000 jobs added in March.

“The economic numbers just came out; they’re very, very good. Our country is doing unbelievably well, economically. Most of you don’t report that because it doesn’t sound good from your perspective,” President Trump said before he went into the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House and departed for the border.

“But the country is doing really, really well. We have a lot of very exciting things going on. A lot of companies will be announcing shortly they’re moving back into the United States. They’re all coming back. They want to be where the action is.”

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