Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump defiantly held to his administration’s policy to criminally prosecute anyone who illegally crosses the U.S.-Mexico border, during a speech Monday before a meeting of the National Space Council.

“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be. You look at what is happening in Europe and other places, we can’t allow it to happen to the United States. Not on my watch,” Trump declared.

The president’s comments come as his administration continues to criminally prosecute illegal immigrants resulting in family separation at the border. Trump urged Democratic lawmakers to accept to his immigration priorities in legislation which would end the practice at the border. The president also referenced the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe, which he also tweeted about Monday morning.