'US is full': Trump announces at Mexico border

The prototypes became a spectacle at various times since Trump took office, drawing tourists, protesters and artists who projected light shows on the walls from Mexico.

Early in his term, Trump called for prototypes of border walls that were built in the San Diego area at a cost of about $300,000 to $500,000 each. The California Democrat says money transfers to the wall have "undermined our democracy" and flout "the vote of the bipartisan Congress, the will of the American people and the letter of the Constitution".

Lawmakers voted to oppose the declaration, prompting Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency.

He also downplayed the claims of people seeking asylum at the border, declaring without evidence that many are gang members while comparing some of their efforts to find safety in the U.S.to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. For more on the president's visit and what's next.

Harvard professor Ieva Jusionyte wrote in his book Threshold about his experiences working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) on both sides of the USA border with Mexico. "They shouldn't be coming in", he said.

Mr Trump has yet to complete any new mileage of fencing or other barriers anywhere on the border.

The President's latest pronouncements are in response to a rising number of migrants, many of them families with children, travelling northward from Central America through Mexico and to the U.S. border.

The attorneys general claim that Trump is disregarding the will of Congress and separation of powers by moving these funds, which hurts their states, and also failing to provide the required environmental impact statement, particularly for New Mexico and other border states.

Although he threatened initially to close down the entire border, he has since softened that while suggesting he may impose tariffs on Mexico over its failure to address the immigration problem. He said Vitiello is a good man, but that the administration needs to go in a tougher direction at the border.

For example, many so-called "Unaccompanied Alien Children" are being smuggled up the border because Trump's agencies will pass them to their illegal immigrant parents living throughout the United States, under policies set by Obama.

CBP El Centro Sector chief Gloria Chavez presented Trump with a segment of the newly built border barrier, as a symbol that the "wall works". In El Paso, it's taking as long as 12 hours to cross into the USA, up from about 1 to 2 hours on a normal day, he said.

"The new wall is a step in the right direction toward a more secure nation, and we must continue this momentum".

For a week, the president had repeatedly warned of a potential imminent closure of the border, resulting in an outcry from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who warned of dire economic consequences from disrupted commerce and travel. The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday also filed a lawsuit challenging Trump's ability to seize the funds, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also a Democrat, said. This strategy, put in place in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, focused immigration enforcement on population centers, effectively shunting migrants off to more harsh, remote crossings.

  • Tracy Klein