From Oval Office, Trump Says Border Wall Would Make Nation ‘Safer Than Ever Before’

Trump Decision Syria border wall saferPresident Donald Trump made an emotional plea last Tuesday night for Congress to pass a border security package that includes funding for a steel wall, to minimize the number of victims of violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

His proposal for a steel wall and other border security measures would make America “safer than ever before,” Trump said.

“Over the last several years, I’ve met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration,” Trump said during his first prime-time address from the Oval Office, which took place in the third week of a partial government shutdown over his insistence that Congress make good on past promises to build a barrier along the southern border.

“I’ve held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers. So sad, so terrible,” Trump said. “I will never forget the pain in their eyes, the tremble in their voices, and the sadness gripping their souls.”

The president added:

How much more American blood must be shed before Congress does its job? For those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask: Imagine if it were your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered.

In his 10-minute address, Trump talked about the murder of a police officer and the rape and murder of an Air Force veteran, crimes that police said were committed by illegal immigrants in California. He also noted cases of illegal immigrants accused of murdering Americans in Georgia and Maryland.

“This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end,” he said.

Trump is trying to reach a deal with congressional Democrats to secure funding for a border wall and fully reopen the government after the partial shutdown that began Dec. 22.

The president said he will hold his third meeting in a week with congressional leaders from both parties Wednesday at the White House. He is scheduled to travel to the southern border Thursday.

Trump noted that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was among the Democrats who voted for the 2006 Secure Fence Act, legislation passed by Congress that called for more than 700 miles of fencing or other barriers along the border.

But Schumer and other Democrats now oppose the policy because he supports it, Trump said.

He also referred to comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who  has called a border wall “immoral.”

“Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their home?” Trump asked before answering his own question.

“They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside,” he said. “The only thing that is immoral is for politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized.”

The president asked Congress for $5.7 billion for construction of a steel border wall. He also asked for funds for additional Border Patrol agents,  immigration judges, and related resources.

Trump said that “thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now.”

Congress has funded most of the government. The current shutdown affects only about 25 percent of the government, including the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, State, and Transportation. The shutdown also affects about 800,000 federal employees, all of whom will get back pay when the impasse ends.

“The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only,” Trump said. “Because Democrats will not fund border security.”

The president ended his speech by urging:

To every member of Congress: Pass a bill that ends this crisis. To every citizen: Call Congress and tell them to finally–after all of these decades–secure our border. This is a choice between right and wrong. Justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve.

Minutes after the president finished speaking, the top Democrats in the House and Senate made their own televised argument to Americans in response.

Pelosi complained that the government shutdown withheld paychecks from “800,000 innocent workers.”

“The president is rejecting bipartisan bills that would reopen government over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall–a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi said Democrats support infrastructure improvements at ports of entry and new technology to scan for drugs coming across the border.

“The women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge, a challenge that President Trump’s own cruel and counterproductive policies have only deepened,” Pelosi said.

Schumer, standing beside Pelosi and speaking after her, accused Trump of using the Oval Office to “manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.”

“We don’t govern by temper tantrum,” the New York Democrat said. “President Trump has appealed to fear not facts, division not unity.”

Earlier in the day, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced that tax refund checks will be sent out despite the shutdown.

In his remarks, Trump referred to some of the statistics in a new report from the Department of Homeland Security.

According to the DHS report, from fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2018 officials posted a 73 percent increase in fentanyl, one of the deadliest drugs, confiscated at the southern border. That amounts to 2,400 pounds.

The department also reported a 38 percent increase in methamphetamine at the southern border over the last fiscal year, and a 38 percent increase in heroin.

Criminal organizations gain $2.5 billion in annual profit from smuggling migrants into the U.S., the DHS report says.

In fiscal 2018, which ended Sept. 30, Customs and Border Protection agents caught 17,000 adults at the southern border who had criminal records. They captured 3,755 known or suspected terrorists entering the U.S. in fiscal 2017.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement also apprehended 6,000 members of gangs, including the violent MS-13, at the border.

The report states that the past five years saw a 2,000 percent increase in asylum claims, yet 72 percent of migrants report making the journey for economic reasons, so they wouldn’t qualify for asylum.

The report says 60,000 unaccompanied children and 161,000 family units arrived in fiscal 2018. About 50 migrants per day are referred to medical providers.

Customs and Border Protection determined 31 percent of female migrants say they were sexually assaulted on the journey to the U.S.

Immigration courts have a backlog of nearly 800,000 cases and 98 percent of family units and unaccompanied alien children never are removed from the country, the report says.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Fred Lucas

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2 years ago

Hold the line, President Trump. Pelosi and Schumer are out of touch with reality and are only out for political gain. Two idiots in search of a Sanitarium.

Mic J Palazzolo
2 years ago

Safer AND wealthier, as well. Far more should be said by Trump regarding the cost to US citizens
and taxpayers to transport, care, feed, house, clothe, educate and medically treat these illegal
societal parasites.

2 years ago

I agree with President Trump ONE THOUSAND % build the wall/ barrio secure our border… The DEMORATS NEED TO GET OFF THEIR HIGH HORSE and for once put the AMERICAN TAX PAYERS DESIRES first and not their PETTY POWER HUNGERY SELVES
WE THEJ PEOPLE DEMAND TO BE HEARD…. build the wall and get this country back on track… enough is enough with this nonsense .

2 years ago

While I fast-forwarded through the comments by Schumer and Pelosi after our President’s speech, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a billboard from one of the “Dumb and Dumber” movies. On fast-forward I saw that their mouths were moving (and only their mouths, they looked like the puppets that they are) but they weren’t saying anything. I was also reminded that, “Immigration has a significant effect on the distribution of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives for three reasons. First, seats are apportioned based on each state’s total population relative to the rest of the country, including illegal aliens and other non-citizens” No wonder that New York and especially California want to keep an influx of illegals.

Joyce D Wilkinson
2 years ago

I believe Pres. Trump has the best interest & security of this nation, at heart. ??

2 years ago

Ask Israel if walls work. Also, ask all the California Dems ( Pelosi @ Waters ) if the wall around their homes work to keep
unwanted illegals out!

2 years ago

I’ve contacted my Congressmen about this. They need to know that we are watching them.

2 years ago
Reply to  Diane

Good idea, Diane. Each of us needs to contact our congressmen (especially those 8 R’s who gave up) and reiterate our demand to BUILD THE WALL FIRST! Their jobs in Congress depend on the outcome! In fact, I’m going to do that right now. And I’ll see if I can get through to Pelosi, hiding behind that enormous gavel.

Bob L.
2 years ago

“Make America safer”
Chain and padlock, from the outside, the gate in the wall around Nancy Pelosi’s home, while she is inside.

2 years ago

Fed-gov lent money to GM so they wouldn’t go bankrupt while they built some new plants in China. Make GM repay the $11.2 Billion they still owe us taxpayers!
Then the hypocrite congress can authorize the money needed to build a wall like those jerks have around many of their homes!~

Thomas H
2 years ago

We finally have a President trying to do the right thing for Americans. On the other hand, we have an “unbiased” media telling us that Trump is only a liar who hates Americans and is doing everything to make our lives more difficult. Unfortunately, the media always wins!

2 years ago

Trump should get babysitting pay for having to deal with Nancy and Chuckie! He need to tell Chuckie he won’t cave to HIS temper tantrums!

2 years ago

I think half of them in congress are getting big pays under the table from the Mexican drug cartel.

Morty Tupperman
2 years ago

Pelosi complained that the government shutdown withheld paychecks from “800,000 innocent workers.” Meanwhile, she tries to ram through legislation that hands funds to the UN to abort children worldwide. Hypocritical swamp creature.

Phyllis poole
2 years ago

I would like to know what Pelosi pays her grape pickers!’ It was said they will work for pay that Americans won’t. Sure 1-2$ an hour is not enough but Mexicans will take it for they have no skill to make more I will bet Nancy’s pay is really cheap while she lives high off the hog!!! And

2 years ago

I blame the Democrats, led by Pelosi and Schumer, and before them, Harry Reid, for reneging on their promise through the years, that if Republicans would do what they want, then they will join in securing the border, and building the wall. And promptly reneging on promises, just as prior Democrats did. I thought in my early years, that I was a Democrat, since Ohio demanded it, and belonging to Unions was expected by all. When I married, and started buying house hold furniture, and family needs, I came to realize Democrats were TAX AND SPEND experts. They did not ask me what I liked, they simply rejected my vote in same office, wife and I had registered about 3-4 months before. That was in 1956, when my wife survived illness of over 7 weeks in hospital, with 108 degrees, temperature, and with multiple diseases of immune system. Was not expected to live from day to day, and I was informed by Director of Surgery, to discuss with my in-laws, and my family, and I needed to make plans, “your wife may not be alive tomorrow morning”. And that status was same over most of the 7 weeks, with us having a 1 and 3 year old children, told when she was released, “not to plan on any more children. Her system possible could not live, and baby, if born, probably would be handicapped for life. That was also when we realized the major political parties did not give any help to needy, especially military in in 1956. I learned through the years, which individuals in both parties could be trusted, but I know who the hypocrites are too, by their actions. ..

2 years ago

Stand your ground President Trump! Do not open the government for them and talk later. They will lie to you and the same thing that happened to Reagan’s amnesty will happen to you! One of Pelosi’s family members stated she “could cut your head off before you knew you were bleeding.” These are vicious, self serving demon rats. God help us ! Pray for President Trump and for Vice President Pence’s safety! May His angel’s surround
them as a shield.

Mary Robertson
2 years ago
Reply to  MJJ

I pray for President Trump and our country every day.

Joel Young
2 years ago

Nothing before the wall.

2 years ago
Reply to  Joel Young

Right! Too many times we were promised border security if the R’s gave the D’s what they wanted, and then never got our part of the deal. Wall first, then DACA.

2 years ago

Running for President, candidate Trump said that he would build a wall and that Mexico would pay for it. Now he is being derided because he wants our government to fund the wall, that his claim that Mexico will pay is empty rhetoric. Well there is more than one way to pay for something. It could be argued that the Trump administration’s cleaning up of the NAFTA mess realizes enough savings to pay for the wall, in essence making “Mexico pay for the wall.” The man said Mexico would pay for the wall, he did NOT say Mexico would hand us a check up front. I do not consider this a broken promise, rather a work in progress.

Phyllis poole
2 years ago
Reply to  steve


2 years ago

I know I will make some unhappy with my comment, but when Pres. Trump brought up the murders of American citizens by illegals that have a history of violent crime, have been deported and then sneak back in, if they are caught, should be dealt with immediately. I don’t mean thrown in jail, taken out & disposed of properly. Then take their remains, throw back over the border with a note pinned on them that this is what will happen to illegal criminals when caught. If it happens to a few, others may change their minds about coming over.
I wish Pres. Trump showed video of Schumer, Hillary & Obama making the case for border security.

John Meyer, Sr.
2 years ago

The Democrat response was in a word pathetic. What has happened to the Democrat party? This is no longer the party I used to vote for! This is why I joined AMAC and why I will vote Republican in the next election.

2 years ago

I hope you voted Republican in the last election.

2 years ago

What is going on at the border is just plain evil. Can you imagine a loved one being killed because the DNC’ommunist Party did not care a dam about your security? The Left supports open borders so they don’t have such a tough time getting illegal votes through our system. We need to specifically put in an immediate death penalty on the person that does that crime and maybe the politicians that made it possible. We are losing control in this country solely due to politics. Term limits will be a start, folks! It is hard to believe a person as mentally deficient as Waters or Pelosi can get re-elected for 40 years. That alone is criminal.

2 years ago

Stand your ground, President Trump!
How much longer will we have to put up with the carnage committed by these criminals? The drug problem alone claims as many American lives every year that were lost in Vietnam. Thousands of homicides every year, not just the few mentioned by the president last night. Hundreds of billions of dollars spent every year because of an unprotected border. Hundreds of thousands crossing the border every year.

Time and time again, through several administrations, the Republicans in Congress negotiated a secure border with liberals, and never got what they were promised. All the MSM and the libs once again are saying “Open up government, and then we’ll talk about the border.” Well, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, three times, four times…shame on me.” STAND YOUR GROUND, MR. PRESIDENT! You are our last hope!

Rebecca Drummond
2 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Years ago in the 1950s there was a book titled “Masters of Deceit” written by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI when it was headed by honorable people. It was about communists and tells/warns about their dishonesty. It’s time to revisit the book.

2 years ago
Reply to  Kim

I expect President Trump is fully prepared to play hardball with the Democrats as long as it takes. My concern is the weak-kneed RINO’s in the Senate that are already starting to make noises about “it’s time to re-open the federal government and we can talk about border security later”. These are the same spineless Republican in name only wonders that are always willing to “reach across the aisle” and cave to the Democrats time and time again. I suspect the purpose of today’s visit to Congress was as much about Trump telling these sad sacks in the Senate to shut up and do what is right for the country, as much as his visit was to tell Chuck and Nancy they’re not dealing a member of the Bush family.

As for the speech, I thought it was fine as far as it went. A bit too short and not enough emphasis on certain facts, but overall fine. I just wish his staff had thought of including a slide show in the lower right hand corner of the screen, as the President spoke, showing the names and faces of the victims murdered by illegal aliens over the last few years in this country. Then let the Democrats claim there is no problem.

Also it would have been helpful to remind the public that foreign nationals seeking asylum in the United States don’t have to trek thousands of miles to our border to apply. They can go to any U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate in their native country or any country along the way and fill out all the paperwork and be assessed by our officials there. Since 90 percent of all illegals FAIL to meet the standards for asylum (being poor and wanting a lifetime of welfare and free housing does NOT qualify for political asylum), the so-called humanitarian crisis on the border can be largely eliminated at the source. The border Patrol estimates that 2,000 illegals enter into our country every single day of the year. That equals 730,000 illegals each year. Of course then the Democrats and the ACLU would have to create another lie as to why we need to let an unlimited number of illegals into our country every day. They can ever admit is all about importing Democrat voters. Adding even half that number to the Democrat voter base each year is a very effective means to swing local, state and federal elections to the Democrat’s advantage. It’s all about political power and the Democrats are willing to do anything to get it back and keep it in perpetuity.

Thomas H
2 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

The (R)s have already (in “good faith” to the {d}s) bargained away 20 Billion dollars of the original cost of the wall. We now see what good it has done!

2 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hi PaulE-
Yes, D’s always look for an opportunity to walk all over the R’s. It’s like Pelosi claiming that “We have to pass the bill (ACA) so we can find out what’s in it.” This time, I’m counting on President Trump to hold firm and get the wall/fence built. FIRST. Then we can negotiate DACA. We can live with a permanent slowdown in many agencies, but I wonder if there’s another source of funds to pay the employees instead of making them wait. Time to accelerate cutting payroll, anyway, and I’m not saying that those who were furloughed should be laid off.
I’m glad Trump talked about the 3 (?) Americans who were murdered by illegals. I WISH he had mentioned the other 2,000 or 4,000 PER YEAR* who suffer the same fate. (Maybe he did and I missed it.) Numbers, give us numbers! But, certainly, personalizing these tragedies would have made the D’s job much harder. And the COSTS to us taxpayers compared with what it would cost to secure the border—it’s a no-brainer!
As far as gaining all those D voters, I think any immigrants who are granted amnesty (DACA, etc.) or asylum should not be able to vote for a certain number of years. And bring on photo ID and must-speak-English requirements!
I don’t know why the R’s don’t make a bigger deal of the asylum-seekers not going directly to the consulates. Again, we’re being played by the D’s without an appropriate response. This was all for show.

*The 12 or so sites I searched on DuckDuckGo (I prefer it to Google, as you know) were all over the place as far as numbers go. Some of them date back several years and had no updates. And there are a confusing number of agencies and offices and committees, both state and local and federal, private and public, that interpreted these statistics. Talk about a morass!

2 years ago
Reply to  Kim

I just wrote to my 2 senators about building the wall and supporting President Trump’s agenda. Our representative has not yet been certified, and I couldn’t find a way to contact him. So we in our district are not represented in Congress! I emailed our former representative (listed by AMAC under “Resources”), but I’m not sure that will help. A few sites for the Speaker of the House would not accept an email from me…
Maybe AMAC has more ideas??

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