President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he will be making a “major statement” about the southern border either Thursday or Friday, but declined to offer many details.
“Probably today, a major statement on the border,” the president said while leaving the White House for his trip to deliver the annual commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy. “This is a big league statement but we are going to do something very dramatic on the border.”
Trump did not provide many more details, except to clarify that he does not intend to shut down the border. (RELATED: Trump Puts A Timeline On Closing The Border With Mexico)
“I’m not closing the borders. I’m doing something else,” he explained. “It will be a statement having to do with the border and having to do with people illegally coming over the border and it will be my biggest statement so far on the border.”
The president reiterated that the situation at the border – where crossings are set to reach their highest level in a decade — is a “national emergency.”
The alleged announcement will come just a few weeks after the administration revealed a sweeping new immigration plan to boost border security and revamp the legal immigration system. Senior administration officials also told The Daily Caller that Trump is considering using the “tremendous powers” given to the executive branch by the Insurrection Act to remove illegal immigrants from the country.