Donald Trump Says He Could Change Immigration Laws in '15 Minutes,' Blames Other Countries For 'Not Giving Us Their Finest'

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President Donald Trump arrives in Air Force One at LAX Airport on April 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. During his visit to the border, Trump sat down for an interview with Fox News to discuss immigration. Michael Kovac/WireImage via Getty Images

President Donald Trump, who has not passed any significant immigration reform bills since taking office, claimed in a new interview that he could change America's immigration laws in just "15 minutes" and blamed other countries for not "giving us their finest" in a Fox News interview during his visit to the southern border.

The president was in Calexico, California, on Friday to press his argument that there is a full-blown crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Immigration officials claim the nation's immigration system is at a "breaking point" as thousands of migrants cross the border.

"We're really making progress at letting people know this is an emergency," Trump said. "It's a colossal surge and it's overwhelming our immigration system and we can't let that happen."

The president also made time to sit down with Fox News' Griff Jenkins during his visit. In the interview, which aired on Saturday during Fox & Friends Weekend, Trump continued to tear into Democrats and foreign countries over the situation at the border.

"Oh Griff, we can change these laws in 15 minutes I could change them," Trump claimed. "Catch and release. You know that is. Democrats, you catch the person you take their name and you release them. And we're not doing that anymore. And it's just a horrible thing."

Trump went on to say that the Democrats are "getting hurt badly, politically" when it comes to immigration issues and predicted they may start working with Republican lawmakers.

But on Friday, House Democrats sued the Trump administration to block spending on the president's long-promised border wall. Earlier this year, Trump declared a national emergency at the border in order to gain the necessary funds to begin construction for the barrier. In their complaint, Democrats compared Trump and his national emergency to monarchy.

"Even the monarchs of England long ago lost the power to raise and spend money without the approval of Parliament," the complaint read.

When asked whether it was time to set up a summit with the leaders of Central American countries like Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to discuss immigration, Trump quickly brushed off the idea: "No I don't need a summit. I think we've done very well without a summit."

Due to the surging amount of migrants coming to the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan recently said that for the first time in over a decade his agency is performing direct releases of certain migrants. This means that they are not turned over to ICE or detained, but rather given a notice to appear in court and released.

On Saturday, Trump lamented that Central American countries were not "giving us their finest."

"I'm not going to say they give us their worst but you know why wouldn't they," he added. "So we have to get rid of these things and we can have it so easy. What has happened though, and you've seen it, is Mexico."

Earlier this week, the president threatened to close the southern border entirely if the number of migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the border did not decrease. Though he backed off the threat, during his interview Saturday he said that if Mexico does not continue to apprehend migrants he is going to have to no choice but to "close up the border."