President Trump emphasizes strengthened U.S. border

President Trump visited a newly strengthened section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall on September 18. He emphasized that the wall is “virtually impenetrable” to people trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

The wall is a “world-class security system,” the president said.

“When the wall is built, it will be virtually impossible to come over illegally, and then we’re able to take Border Patrol [agents] and put them at your points of entry,” the president said. He was joined by Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of homeland security.

President Trump also praised the Mexican government’s cooperation on border issues, which includes thousands of Mexican soldiers operating in Mexico. “They’ve really been incredible,” he said. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador “has been great.”

To date, 66 miles (106 kilometers) of new border wall has replaced old, deteriorated, and ineffective barriers. Close to 500 miles (800 kilometers) will be completed by the end of 2020, including all-weather roads, lighting, cameras, and related technology.

In addition to strengthening the physical barrier along its southern border, the U.S. has recently increased enforcement of its immigration laws and is strengthening regional cooperation with neighboring countries to combat illegal immigration. People who try to enter illegally are apprehended and deported, and undocumented immigrants and illegal workers within the United States are actively being deported.

People requesting asylum at the U.S. border no longer can expect to enter and remain in the United States. Instead, asylum claimants can expect to be sent back to their home countries — or, if their claim is being considered, to wait outside the United States during their U.S. immigration court proceedings.