Trump tells asylum seekers: 'Our country is full.'

The president also praised Mexico for stepping up immigration enforcement on their border even though Mexican officials say their policy hasn't changed.
2:36 | 04/06/19

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Let's turn to politics now. President trump is on a swing through the west. Speaking at the Republican jewish coalition in Vegas. The president recapping his visit to the border, and his harsh message tonight for refugees trying to come into this country. ABC's Tara Palmeri is at the white house. Reporter: Tonight, president trump doubling down on his new message for would-be asylum seekers, our country is full. What can you do? We can't handle it anymore. Our country is full. Can't come in. I'm sorry. It's very simple. Reporter: Claiming migrants are abusing the system. Without any proof. The asylum program is a scam. Some of the roughest people that you have ever seen, people that look like they should be fighting for the ufc. Reporter: The president in Las Vegas, speaking to the Republican jewish coalition, pretending to be an asylum seeker receiving guidance from an attorney. I am very worried that I will be accosted. If I'm sent back home no, no, he will do the accosting. Asylum, oh, give him asylum, he's afraid. He's afraid. Reporter: Friday the president was at the u.s./mexico border touring new construction. It's a great wall, and it looks -- I think it looks fantastic. Reporter: The two-mile strip of 30-foot steel slats is not new wall, but rather a long planned replacement of 14-foot fencing. That trip coming just one week after he threatened to close the southern border completely amid of surge of migrant crossings. 76,000 migrants stopped at the border in February, 40,000 of those families. And federal officials estimate the figures from March will be even higher, with an estimated 95,000 migrants apprehended. I have to say, I said I was going to close the border. It's gotten so bad, we are closing the border. As soon as I said that and I really thank the president of Mexico because they stepped up. Reporter: The president praising Mexico for stepping up at their own border. But a Mexican official says the country's policy has not changed. Tara Palmeri is at the white house for us tonight. And Tara, the president though is still threatening to close the border with Mexico. Reporter: Tom, the president said he'll give Mexico just one year to stop the flow of migrants, but he said he would rather use car tariffs to put pressure on Mexico, and this is as he tries to strike a new trade deal with the country that would replace nafta, and he told Fox News he would include these car tariffs in the new deal, Tom. Tara Palmeri at the white house. Thank you.

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