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Trump Says U.S. Has ‘The Worst, Dumbest Immigration System In The World’

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

As he moves to close the southern border, President Donald Trump called the United States’s immigration policy “the worst, dumbest immigration system in the world.”

Trump was describing Tuesday what he believes to be a border crisis with Mexico, according to The Hill.

In this handout image provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs - Visual Communications Division, after crossing the international border between the United States and Mexico, and surrendering to a border patrol agent, migrants are brought to a processing center where they receive food and water as well as medical attention if needed, on March 22, 2 (Photo by Mani Albrecht/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Getty Images)

After crossing the international border between the United States and Mexico, and surrendering to a border patrol agent. March 22, 2019 (Photo by Mani Albrecht/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Getty Images)

Trump has repeatedly warned that he wants to close the border with Mexico if it continues to do nothing to curb the influx of illegal immigrants that are storming the U.S. border and causing a “breaking point,” according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. (RELATED: Blackburn: Need To Close Border Because Every Town’s A Border Town)

Trump detailed to reporters how he views that immigration system working when would-be refugees cross the border and ask for asylum.

“If they touch your land, one foot on your land — welcome to being Perry Mason, you now have a big trial,” he said. (RELATED: Border Patrol Chief Agrees With Trump That There Is A Border Crisis)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to Chief of U.S. Border Patrol Carla Provost during a briefing on "drug trafficking on the southern border" in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to Chief of U.S. Border Patrol Carla Provost during a briefing on “drug trafficking on the southern border” in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The president insisted that doesn’t work.

“So what they’ve done over the years is that they release [the refugees] into the United States and they say ‘Come back in four years for a trial’ and nobody comes back … on average one to two percent come back and nobody can understand why they come back,” Trump said. “They’re the only ones that come back.”

Last week, the Department of Defense announced that it had authorized up to $1 billion to begin construction of 57 miles of a border wall.

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