Trump on Biden's Border Policy: 'What They're Doing Is Insane. They're Going to Destroy Our Country.'

By Susan Jones | April 20, 2021 | 6:08am EDT
President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - The Biden administration's open-border policy -- welcoming unaccompanied children while thousands of adults also pour across the border undetected by overwhelmed agents -- "is insane," President Donald Trump said on Monday night. "They're going to destroy our country," he said of the Biden immigration policy.

Fox News's Sean Hannity asked Trump about his signature issue in an hour-long interview on last night's show:

"It's a horrible situation, could destroy our country," Trump said:

People are pouring in. But you'll see something as the months go by like you've never seen before. Already it's like you've never seen before. There's never been anything like what's happened at our border. And people are coming in by the tens of thousands.

They're walking in. They -- we had -- all they had to do was leave it alone. If he'd left it alone, we were setting record positive numbers. And people would have to come in legally.

And, you know, the other thing that people don't talk about you, human trafficking and drugs. That's double, triple, then quadruples coming in because that's pouring in right now. Drugs are pouring in.

We had it so tight, we were doing so well. All he had to do was leave it alone. Stay in Mexico was a big deal. You know, that wasn't easy to get. We went through court systems. We went through everything.

The wall, getting the wall built and the wall we -- we're up to almost 500 miles and completing it was very easy. That was going to be just routine. It would have been done routinely. The contracts were already there, the materials there, it was going to be done very quickly.

And we got delayed for two-and-a-half years because we were sued by Nancy Pelosi and Congress not to build the wall. I wanted to see if we want all of this as (ph) we want everything. And then they don't finish the wall.

The wall is imperative. All of the things that go with the wall, the technology that goes into the wall and with the wall is so imperative. We had it down to a number that nobody could believe. And then all of the sudden I hear this -- now, here's something else that -- I stopped money going to three countries.

And then you have Mexico, where I have a great relationship with the president -- he's actually a great guy. Different philosophy but a great guy. He put 28,000 -- free of charge, 28,000 soldiers on our border to stop people from coming in.

And if you look at Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, we were giving them $500 million a year. But they weren't letting us take back these incredible -- whether it's MS-13, the -- these horrible people, gangsters, drug lords, horrible. They wouldn't let them come back.

So I stopped paying them and I said, how much are we paying them? $500 million. That was very early on. And as soon as I stopped payment, they called us, we would love to have MS-13 back in our country.

They wouldn't let us -- if a plane was flying over, they'd block the runways. If buses came in, they wouldn't let you into the country. So we couldn't get anybody back. Now we just bring them back. He ended that.

Now what he's doing is they want to give billions -- not $500 million -- they want to give billions and billions of dollars to these countries. I get along with all three of them -- with the top people, all three of them. But they're going to be taking in billions and billions of dollars.

And what's going to happen is that money's going to go to people that are going to bring people into our country.

One other thing, they're sending us not their best people. They are sending us people that, in many cases, not in all cases, are murderers, drug dealers, human traffickers, and really bad -- rapists, really bad people. They're sending us people from their prisons. Those people are coming into our country.

And, of course, that's just common sense because all you have to do is take a look at what happened in the case of Cuba, take a look at what happened in the case of other countries.

But the three countries, you have really some unbelievably dangerous people coming into our country.

They're not vetted. You talk about COVID, you talk about all of -- that's one thing. But they're not vetted from a criminal standpoint so we have murderers and rapists coming into our country. And they're just walking in.

And just to finalize it, we have people from Yemen and the Middle East coming in. And they're coming in at numbers -- now, they can't come in through the airports. They can't get on a plane. And we had the policy, the ban -- we had a ban which was a great thing, from very dangerous countries.

They're ending the ban. They've already ended it, so that people can come in from dangerous countries. But if you take a look at what's happening with the Middle East, many people from the Middle East are coming in through our southern border alongside of Mexico.

What they're doing is insane. They're going to destroy our country.

White House explains Biden's 'crisis' comment

Over the weekend, President Biden described the border situation as a "crisis," despite the refusal of his administration to characterize it that way.

At Monday's White House briefing, spokesman Jen Psaki was asked if "crisis" is now the official White House position:

"The president does not feel the children coming to our borders seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships, and other dire--dire circumstances is a crisis," Psaki said.

"He does feel that the crisis in Central America--the dire circumstances that many are fleeing from that he--that that is a situation we need to spend our time, our effort on, and we need to address it if we're going to prevent more of an influx of migrants from coming in years to come."

Referring to the influx of unaccompanied children, Psaki said, "Our policy was always going to be to welcome those children in, find a place where they could be sheltered and treated humanely and safely. That increase and that influx, as you all know, was higher than most people, including us, anticipated...It took us some time to recognize how hollowed out the systems were."

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