President Trump said Monday that secure borders are necessary to keeping the country safe.
"A country without borders is not a country at all," Trump said at the start of a space council event at the White House.
"We need borders, we need safety," Trump continued, decrying "the death and destruction that’s been caused by people coming into this country, without going through a process."
Insisting the country requires a merit-based immigration system, Trump maintained the importance of securing the nation's borders.
"We want a safe country and it starts with the borders," he said. "That’s the way it is."