>> President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly stirring a firestorm on Friday, saying illegal immigrants don't easily assimilate in the United States because they're poorly educated and don't speak English. His remarks coming as Trump pushes his administration to do more to stop unauthorized border crossings.>> So we're building the wall.
>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where media reports suggest that Trump is growing increasingly frustrated that he's not making more progress on one of his signature issues. Border crossings are rising and he doesn't have the money he needs to build a wall along the Mexican border. The New York Times reporting that tensions are so high that Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Nielson was close to resigning after receiving a tongue lashing from the President.
>> We have the worst immigration laws in the history of mankind. We're slowly getting them changed, we wanna make it quick.>> Trump venting his impatience this week as his Justice Department announced a crack down. Saying it will step up criminal prosecutions of illegal immigrants. And separate parents from their children, hoping to stop families from coming in the first place.
In an interview with NPR released late Thursday, Trump's right hand man Kelly said, he hopes the crack down won't stay in place for long. But Kelly drawing fire for saying most immigrants crossing the border, quote, are not people that would easily assimilate into our modern society. Critics blasting the comments as uninformed and anti-immigrant.
>> All this as talks remain stalled in Congress. Trump can shake loose more money for his border wall if he was willing to cut a deal, but talks have gotten nowhere since February. Now Centrist Republicans are trying to force a vote on an immigration deal. House Speaker Paul Ryan says, there's no point if the President isn't on board.
Republicans want to show progress on this issue, ahead of the November congressional elections, but at this point, there's little sign that they're making any headway