President Donald Trump’s Border Wall Address

I didn’t get to hear the President’s address last night, but found a transcript, which is posted below for others who missed it:

My fellow Americans:

Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.

Every day, Customs and Border Patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country. We are out of space to hold them, and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country.

America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation. But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled, illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.

Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.

In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country, and thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now.

This is a humanitarian crisis — a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.

Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States — a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico. Women and children are the biggest victims, by far, of our broken system.

This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border. This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end.

My administration has presented Congress with a detailed proposal to secure the border and stop the criminal gangs, drug smugglers, and human traffickers. It’s a tremendous problem. Our proposal was developed by law enforcement professionals and border agents at the Department of Homeland Security. These are the resources they have requested to properly perform their mission and keep America safe. In fact, safer than ever before.

The proposal from Homeland Security includes cutting-edge technology for detecting drugs, weapons, illegal contraband, and many other things. We have requested more agents, immigration judges, and bed space to process the sharp rise in unlawful migration fueled by our very strong economy. Our plan also contains an urgent request for humanitarian assistance and medical support.

Furthermore, we have asked Congress to close border security loopholes so that illegal immigrant children can be safely and humanely returned back home.

Finally, as part of an overall approach to border security, law enforcement professionals have requested $5.7 billion for a physical barrier. At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall. This barrier is absolutely critical to border security. It’s also what our professionals at the border want and need. This is just common sense.

The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year — vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress. The wall will also be paid for, indirectly, by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.

Senator Chuck Schumer — who you will be hearing from later tonight — has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past, along with many other Democrats. They changed their mind only after I was elected President.

Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis. And they have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation.

The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.

My administration is doing everything in our power to help those impacted by the situation. But the only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and re-opens the government.

This situation could be solved in a 45-minute meeting. I have invited Congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done. Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security.

Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their homes? They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized.

America’s heart broke the day after Christmas when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien, who just came across the border. The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country.

Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders. In California, an Air Force veteran was raped, murdered, and beaten to death with a hammer by an illegal alien with a long criminal history. In Georgia, an illegal alien was recently charged with murder for killing, beheading, and dismembering his neighbor. In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in the United States as unaccompanied minors were arrested and charged last year after viciously stabbing and beating a 16-year-old girl.

Over the last several years, I’ve met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration. I’ve held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers. So sad. So terrible. I will never forget the pain in their eyes, the tremble in their voices, and the sadness gripping their souls.

How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?

To those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask: Imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken?

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.

When I took the Oath of Office, I swore to protect our country. And that is what I will always do, so help me God.

Thank you and goodnight.


President Donald Trump’s Border Wall Address — 14 Comments

  1. Illegal immigration is at a 45 year LOW.

    Only 6, that’s right 6, people on the terrorist watch list have been stopped at our Southern border.

    Thousands of such people are stopped at various airports, many of them abroad, because they are on the no fly list.

    The majority of illegal immigrants come into this country through ports of entry using various types of temporary visas, and then overstay their visas.

    Walls became obsolete with the invention of the ladder.

    “Facts are stubborn things”. John Adams

  2. People are past fed up with the illegal alien Mexican leeches already now more of these leeches of the South America variety want to be supported, burden public services and fill our prisons!

    Build the WALL and deport these dirt balls !

  3. Wonder if we will ever get the number of children trafficked and released to their captors during Obama’s capture and released “program.”

  4. What a ridiculous statement KnownExtremist.

    6 terrorists could create another 911.

    They also breed.

  5. Your FEELINGS are not facts.

    You live in a dream world based on your own ego and inability to accept that you are simply wrong.

    Your emperor has no clothes.

    Trump lies – you know it – but you are too far in.

    You cant admit you were deceived and wrong.

    Simple fact: USA Citizens commit crimes at a greater rate than immigrants.

  6. Democrats and the mostly left wing liberal media are hypocrites. In 2006 and 2013, THEY (Pelosi, Schumer, et al in Congress) supported border security on our southern border including walls/fences/barriers. Today, they do not SIMPLY because Trump has proposed these before and during his presidency.

    Democrats, liberals and the mostly liberal media are still smarting from the loss of the presidency of THEIR annoited candidate, Hillary Clinton, and they are doing everything in their power to destroy and/or defeat him no matter the cost to the U.S. and its citizens in terms of the harm that illegal immigrants bring be it drugs, gangs or violent thugs.

  7. Slick, then let’s get them incarcerated and stop spending our ya.

    Dollars on incarceration for law breaking illegals, and the entitlements that are breaking us!

    Let’s get homeless vets off the streets, let’s get Americans off the streets.

    Our country shouldn’t be an open playground!

    The wall will pay for itself just.

    Y keeping those out that shouldn’t be here.

    It’s also a humanitarian action to stop tempting immigrants from making the trip over our borders where a high percentage of them get raped and they and their children are put into human trafficking

  8. We should have walls and border parol and technology around the whole border!

    What’s the user of locking the front door when the side door is open and flapping in the breeze?

    Our friends from Mexico, Haiti, etc can come in when they’ve been approved, have a sponsor or come in the right way.


    This will reduce the cost of entitlements that frankly non-citizens shouldn’t be getting.

  9. Navarro is a goofball and a useful idiot for the Democrat Party.

  10. This guy saw that he tied himself to a sinking anchor and cut ties:

    Sad that so many readers here are too egotistical and/or ignorant to see that your emperor is a con man. You know he lies. Sad!

  11. I love how Democrats say they are informed but really are they?

    Go to the Department of Homeland Security and find the numbers.

    How many illegals are in the US right now.

    Probably according to Yale-MIT study that up to 30,000,000 could be here illegally!

    That is 10% of the US population.

    How many of these people are on government subsidies?

    The IRS has released data that over 1,300,000 people had their identity/S.S. from illegal aliens.

    Now since the past illegals use to be more men now that has changed over the years to women with kids.

    So middle aged moms/older come through the border with zero skills, can’t speak the language with kids.

    They get catch and release.

    They now go get subsidies for everything.

    Kids start school end up learning language but are probably in low income areas because mom will never get a good job so stay on subsidies.

    Kid more than likely doesn’t go to college, maybe finds minimum wage job at best but then becomes part of the system or ends up in gang.

    Why because it use to be that if you wanted to come to this country you had to be sponsored by someone.

    Had to help them get a job and work hard to become good standing people in the US.

    That is all gone now with the influx of low skilled people coming from Mexico and Central America.

    Most Immigrants years go back they wanted to fit into what America was about.

    Work hard and you will succeed!

    Be an entrepreneur and you will provide for your family.

    Not the government will provide for you!

    But the Democratic model is we will give you whatever you need.

    That’s what their government looks like!

    This country is the greatest country in the world but slowly declining because of the Democratic narrative.

    Republicans mostly RINO’s are helping them do that!

    One other statistic I saw from a top level border security agent, but have yet to find, said that in New York that 40% of incarceration was from kids that were brought across the border, were illegal aliens commented violent crimes.

    So the kids are growing up are putting added pressure on the system.

    I would tend to believe that more true than kids growing up, having skills and becoming apart of American culture.

    Not we are going to come to your country and impose our culture on yours.

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