Trump pushes for new measures at border

President Donald Trump admitted he's taking a "tougher" approach on immigration but denied the recent Department of Homeland Security firings are part of a leadership purge.
1:50 | 04/10/19

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president trump is cleaning house at the homeland security department, lashing out at president Obama as he pushes for tough new measures to deal with the migrant crisis at the border. Jon Karl put some stuff questions to the president in the oval office. Jon, let's start with those new moves at homeland security. Reporter: George, we have the secretary out, the acting deputy secretary out, also the departure of his choice to head the immigrations and enforcement custody. What's behind all of this is the white house and the president specifically does not believe that the department of homeland security leadership has been aggressive enough in enacting his policies to control the so this is really about the border policy and expect with these changes the white house to try to push through some charges -- some changes, specifically to make it a lot harder for people to declare asylum when they cross the border. Jon, one of those policies had been the family separation policy. You wouldn't start separating the children again, would you, Mr. President? Obama separated the children by the way. Would you consider doing it Just so you understand, I'm the one that stopped it. President Obama had child separation. Now, I'll tell you something, once you don't have it, that's why you see many more people coming. They're coming like it's a picnic because let's go to disneyland. Jon, it's not true that president Obama started that separation policy and it's unclear exactly what the president wants to do right now. Reporter: He seems to be debating himself. He is saying that he is not going to bring back child separation but he's also saying that that has negative consequences. The bottom line, he wants to make it a lot tougher to come into this country illegally. Okay, Jon Karl, thanks very much.

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