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Three people stand on the Mexican side of the border barrier in Tijuana on Friday. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

President Trump visited the southern border in Calexico, Calif. on Friday, a day after the White House retracted its nomination of 30-year border official Ron Vitiello to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in favor of going in a "tougher" direction.

What he's saying: "It's a colossal surge and it's overwhelming our immigration system, and we can't let that happen. So, as I say, and this is our new statement: The system is full. Can't take you anymore. ... Our country is full," Trump said on Friday. Before his nomination was revoked, Vitiello was expected to join the president on the border trip.

The big picture: "Trump has become increasingly exasperated at his inability to do more to halt the swelling numbers of migrants entering the country," the AP reports. "There's not a lot they can do," he said in a statement on Friday, referring to U.S. troops stationed at what he described as an "emergency" on the southern border. "We're gonna bring up some more military."

The latest: On Saturday, President Donald Trump said there would be traffic and commercial delays along the southern border after his administration increased the number of immigration officers processing migrants attempting to enter the United States via Mexico until Mexico used its immigration laws "to stop illegals from coming through Mexico into the U.S., and removing them back to their country of origin."

Chaser: Selvin Alvarado, a 29-year-old father, told the N.Y Times he exposed corruption in his hometown in Honduras — then fled into Mexico, followed by an armed group, in an attempt to win asylum in the United States.

  • "I prefer 1,000 times being jailed than being dead," he said.

Go deeper: DHS Secretary Nielsen describes "system-wide breakdown"

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In photos: Protests outside fortified capitols draw only small groups

Armed members of the far-right extremist group the Boogaloo Bois near the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing on Jan. 17. About 20 protesters showed up, AP notes. Photo: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Small groups of protesters rallied outside fortified statehouses over the weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

The big picture: Some protests attracted armed members of far-right extremist groups but there were no reports of clashes, as had been feared. The National Guard and law enforcement outnumbered demonstrators, as security was heightened around the U.S. to avoid a repeat of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, per AP.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.