President Trump on Thursday visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and argued a barrier made of steel would deter human trafficking and other violent crimes, amid stalled negotiations with Democrats over funding the border project and ending the partial government shutdown.
"Where you have a good strong barrier, you don't have problems," the president told reporters during his tour.
During a briefing with border agents at a patrol station in McAllen, Trump highlighted gun, trafficking and drug crimes along the border. The president spoke in front of a table of items border agents have seized, including a rifle, handguns, a plastic bag full of cash and black-taped bricks of heroin and meth.
“If we had a barrier of any kind, a powerful barrier, whether it’s steel or concrete...We would stop it cold,” Trump said.