Trump says some asylum-seekers look like they’re ‘fighting for the UFC’

President Trump said on Saturday that some asylum-seekers should be “fighting for the UFC,” calling the process a “scam.”

Speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, Trump said asylum-seekers are “some of the roughest people you’ve ever seen, people that look like they should be fighting for the UFC,” referring to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a company that promotes mixed martial arts matches.

{mosads}Trump also said that asylum-seekers are coached.

“They read a little page given by lawyers that are all over the place — you know lawyers, they tell them what to say,” Trump said.

“I am very fearful for my life. I am very worried that I will be accosted if I’m sent back home,” he added. “No, no. He’ll do the accosting.”

The president’s comments came after he last week backed away from a threat to close the border with Mexico.

On Thursday, he said he would give Mexico a “one-year warning” before taking drastic measures to stop illegal immigration.

He said during a visit to a Border Patrol station in Southern California one day later that the immigration system is “full.”

“The system is full. We can’t take you any more,” Trump said on Friday, adding that whether it is “illegal immigration” or asylum-seekers, the answer is “I’m sorry. We’re full.”

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