President Trump addressed the nation last night on border security and the government shutdown. The President called the situation at our southern border a “growing humanitarian and security crisis”, a “A crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul” and said it was a “cycle of human suffering” that he is determined to end. Trump’s message was on point and consistent with what he’s been telling the American people since he began his campaign to become President. We need border security. The President has said repeatedly that he doesn’t want to ban immigration into the U.S. but wants to make sure immigrants come here legally. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer responded minutes after the President concluded his address. Their response reminded me of one of the courtroom scenes in the movie My Cousin Vinny “Everything that guy just said is bulls*it. Thank you”.
The President began his address by telling the American people “every day Customs and Border Protection agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country”. He went on to say “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”. The President continued “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. Ninety percent of which floods across from our southern border”. In addition to the drugs coming over the border criminals are crossing. The President said “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”
The President said that his proposal was developed by “law enforcement professionals and border agents at the Department of Homeland Security” The proposal includes “cutting edge technology for detecting drugs, weapons, illegal contraband and many other things” The administration has requested more agents and immigration judges to process the sharp rise of unlawful migration. The proposal also an urgent request for humanitarian assistance and medical support and a plan to close border security loopholes so that “illegal immigrant children can be safely and humanely returned back home”. The President is asking for $5.7 billion for a physical barrier. The President says that “at the request of Democrats it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall”.
The President continues “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 reopens the government”. The Administration has met with Congressional Democrats numerous times and has invited them to another meeting at the White House today. The President says “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”.
The President closed his address by saying “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”.
You can watch the President’s entire address below.
As anticipated Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer responded. Someone on Twitter said that Pelosi and Schumer looked like an SNL skit. My first thought was one of the court room scenes in the movie “My Cousin Vinny”.
Pelosi spoke first choosing to not address the crisis at our southern border but blaming President Trump for the government shutdown and calling him a liar. Pelosi said ” Sadly much of what we heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice”. Of course she didn’t disprove a single thing the President said in his address but the truth doesn’t seem to matter to Democrats anymore. The Speaker’s solution to border security is to “build the infrastructure and roads at our ports of entry” and “install new technology to scan cars and trucks for drugs” and “hire the personnel we need to facilitate trade and immigration at the border” saying “we can fund more innovation to detect unauthorized crossings”.
It was then Schumer’s turn. Schumer started by saying “The president of the United States, having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince the Congress or the American people to foot the bill, has shut down the government”. He accused President Trump of having a “temper tantrum” and said “No president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or else the government shuts down”. Like Pelosi Schumer did not address the crisis at the border but chose to attack the President closing his remarks by saying “The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30 foot wall”.
Schumer of course is being disingenuous. He like other congressional Democrats was a supporter of border security and a physical barrier at our southern border before the President made it a campaign issue.
And Pelosi really? That’s your plan? Better roads at border crossings? Technology to scan cars and trucks for drugs? Thank you Speaker! What an innovative suggestion since we know that every illegal immigrant, human trafficker and drug smuggler crosses at an established border crossing!
The reality is Congressional Democrats refuse to acknowledge the crisis at our southern border and the impact that crisis is having on the American people. It is Democratic leadership not the President who is having a “temper tantrum” and holding the American people hostage. Neither Pelosi or Schumer acknowledged Newman California Police Officer Ronil Singh who was killed during a traffic stop by an illegal immigrant from Mexico with a prior criminal record hours after Officer Singh celebrated Christmas with his wife and young son. They fail to mention the countless others who have fallen victim to violent crimes at the hands of illegal immigrants. They won’t acknowledge the alarming amount of drugs that pass through our southern border and the lives impacted. No talk about the human traffickers who use our southern border for the sex trade. You won’t hear from Pelosi or Schumer on the financial impact illegal immigration has on the American tax payer.
Congressional Democrats know that President Trump’s plan for border security is the right strategy but they refuse to give him a win on a key campaign issue he ran on. These same Democrats were in agreement with the actions the President wants to take at our southern border until Trump started talking about it. Democratic leadership suffers from such a case of Trump Derangement Syndrome that they are willing to sacrifice the safety and security of the American people to oppose this President. They are willing to allow 800,000 federal workers, their families and countless Americans across the county that depend on the federal government to be pawns in their political game.
While the Democratic propaganda machine keeps calling this the Trump Shutdown Democrats are being hypocritical. This is their shutdown. If they were being honest they’d call this the Schumer / Pelosi shutdown.
As Americans it’s time that we tell Democratic leadership that we’ve had enough of them putting partisan politics and opposition to our President above the safety and security of Americans and government operations. Please call the U.S. House of Representatives switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative’s office or click here to find your representative. Take a moment, make the call and let your representative know that you support border security and an end to the government shutdown.
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