Trump shames Democrats: ‘How much more American blood must we shed?’
Trump asks ‘how much more American blood must be shed’ by immigrant killers before Democrats agree to build wall – as he paints a terrifying picture of drugs and violence spilling across the border in defiant Oval office address
- Trump and the White House had hinted the president may declare a national emergency in order to build his border wall
- But instead he stayed the course, pressing Democrats to relent in a battle of wills over $5.7 billion in funding for the project
- Prime-time Oval Office address played the shame card, blaming Democrats for bloodshed caused by illegal immigrants
- Chuck Schumer and nancy Pelosi delivered the Democrats’ response
- ‘Much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice,’ they said
President Donald Trump stopped short on Tuesday of declaring a that a national emergency exists on America’s southern border, but reiterated his demand that congressional Democrats fund a border wall that he has promised for nearly four years.
But he played the shame card with a vengeance, blaming them for playing politics with innocent American lives and allowing ‘a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul’ to fester.
‘How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?’ Trump asked in a 9-minute speech from the Oval Office.
Citing a string of murders committed by illegal immigrants who have been previously deported form the United States, he demanded of lawmakers: ‘For 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.’
President Donald Trump spoke for nine minnutes from the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday, shaming congressional Democrats as he blamed them for bloodshed caused by illegal immigrants
Trump is demanding $5.7 billion in new congressional spending for his long-promised border wall
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer delivered the Democrats’ response after Trump spoke, framing the conflict as Trump’s personal, uninformed crusade as they insisted they won’t bend and agree to his terms
Trump said Tuesday that child trafficking and seual violence against women who try to migrate into the U.S. illegally is a ‘cycle of human suffering’ that he’s determined to end.
He implored Americans to call their members of 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.’
The White House has requested $5.7 billion in new funding to continue the wall’s construction. The president passed up the option to declare an emergency on Tuesday and spend existing Defense Department dollars to build it without Congress.
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Instead he returned to his previous lines of argument, claiming a border security crisis has resulted in a flood of narcotics and human trafficking, and endangering Americans’ lives.
Responding on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer framed the conflict as Trump’s personal, uninformed crusade as they insisted they won’t bend and agree to his terms.
‘Sadly, much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice,’ they said.
‘The president has chosen fear.’
Trump passed on the chance to declare a national emergency on the southern border, a move that would have empowered him to freely spend the Pentagon’s existing budget to build his wall without getting new funding from Congress
Their rebuttal criticized Trump for saying a flood of migrants at the border represents ‘a security threat,’ instead calling it ‘a humanitarian challenge.’
Trump noted Schumer’s approval in the past of a wallon America’s southern border. The White House has promoted the historical fact of Schumer and former senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama all voting for it during the George W. Bush presidency.
Schumer ‘has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past, along with many other Democrats,’ he said. ‘They changed their mind only after I was elected president. Democrats in Congress have refused to recognize the crisis.’
Trump cited statistics in his brief presentation, saying that in the past two years immigration officers ‘made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records,’ including ‘100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 violent killings.’
‘Thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now,’ he urged.
READ TRUMP’S BORDER SECURITY ADDRESS TO THE NATION
My fellow Americans: Tonight I’m 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 per cent 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 reopens 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 [for] 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 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 immigrations. I have held the hands of the 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 that 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 good night.’
A woman walks a dog next to the U.S.-Mexico border barrier along the Pacific Ocean on January 8, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico
Congressional Democrats bashed Trump in advance of his speech during an appearance at Newark airport.
Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker called Trump’s approach an effort to ‘extort funds’ for an ‘unnecessary and nonsensical border wall.’
And Sen. Robert Menendez said the president is on an ‘egotistical quest.’
Menendez said Trump’s speech should carry a warning that ‘the comments you are about to hear are not based on fact and are likely to include misinformation, blatant lies and fear-mongering.’
Vice President Mike Pence signaled on Monday that Trump’s approach would be softer than expected.
‘There is a humanitarian and national security crisis,’ Pence told reporters Monday amid concerns Trump would declare a national emergency. Pence would only say that the White House counsel’s office was considering the idea.
Trump plans to host congressional leaders from both parties at the White House for negotiations on Wednesday, followed by a Capitol Hill visit to brief Republicans
He will visit the southern border on Thursday to highlight his demand for a wall.
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