tv President Trump Signs Anti- Human- Trafficking Bill CSPAN January 10, 2019 2:39am-3:04am EST
c-span2. on wednesday, president trump spoke about his authority to declare a national emergency on the u.s. mexico border to build a wall if no agreement with congressional leaders was not reached. he made the comments at a bill signing ceremony in the oval office for legislation to combat home -- human trafficking. this is 20 minutes. president trump: thank you very much. i can tell you about the job numbers and how well we're doing on the economy. we're over 30% since the election. so many good things are happening. we have to take care of the
border. and we're all working together. i really believe the democrats and the republicans are working together. i think that something will happen, i hope, otherwise we'll go about it in a different manner and i don't think we'll have to do that, you never know. in a few moments, i'll sign legislation continuing my administration's extensive efforts to combat the scouring of human trafficking. i spoke about it last night, human trafficking, it really hits a nerve, talking about in many cases women and children grabbed, thrown into the back seat of a car or thrown into a van with no windows, with no, any form of air, tape put across their mouths and they're brought across the border and they don't go through check points. they go through the emptiest spot they can find with no walls or fences. vice president pence, secretary
azar, a woman known as ivanka trump. hi, ivanka. [applause] president trump: worked very hard on this. this is very close to her heart. deputy secretary sullivan, administrator green, acting director, assistant secretary johnson and ambassador richmond for being here today. it's a group of people that has really, really worked and they worked hard. i also want to recognize a great friend of mine, a man who has done so well and popular in the state of ohio, great job, appreciate it. and senator chris kunz who on occasion we disagree, but i actually like him. we prayed together. that's a good step. representatives michael mccall, my friend susan brooks, an wagner and chris smith.
i signed representative smith's anti-trafficking bill yesterday that was just signed and i want to thank you very much. we worked hard on it, all worked hard on it, anti-trafficking. just so we understand, human trafficking now is bigger worldwide, this is not a u.s. situation, this is a world situation because of the internet far worse than it ever has been. you would think that was an ancient form of criminality. it's not, it's a very modern day form and what they do with the internet, how they find people through the internet is disgraysful. -- disgraceful. we're also honored to be joined by many from law enforcement who fight this heinous crime every single day. timely i want to thank the inspiring advocates and survivors and we have numbers of them with us and maybe they'll say a few words.
my administration has made the fight against human trafficking one of the highest priorities. today's bill marks the fourth robust piece of bipartisan legs and it is bipartisan, i have to tell you, the democrats have been great. with that signed and just the last few weeks, we have a couple of others here that are already signed having to do with the same situation, a little different, but all related. and it's just over the last couple of weeks that we have signed this. it's not easy getting everyone together, but this was, chris, i would say as easy as it gets. this is a problem that there is no definition of the other side. there is only one side. so i want to thank democrats for helping us out with this one. still much work remains. we cannot defeat the menace of international human trafficking if we do not secure our border.
they're bringing them through the border. that's where they're coming from in this part of the world, all over the world, but in this part of the world, they're bringing them through the driver. they're driving in and they're not going through checkpoints. you can't have four or five people sitting in the back of a car with tape over your mouth and your hands tied and go through somebody that's checking out your car or your van. unsecure borders allow traffickers clear passage to transport their victims and into the united states is very easy to come. all you do is drive 20 miles one way or another and you'll find an open spot where there is no protection and then you go hundreds of miles where you'll see pure open spots. in fiscal year 2018, i.c.e. made more than 1,500 human trafficking arrests, mostly sex trafficking. i would like to ask acting attorney general matt whitaker and assistant attorney general to say a few words about the recent case that dismantled a mexican sex trafficking operation that was brutal that
operated in the united states and horrendously abused young women from latin america, a brutal, brutal situation, can i ask you, matt. >> i agree with you, human trafficking is a scourge on humanity, internationally and here in the united states and something the department of justice is absolutely committed to ending and something for which we have leadership in the federal government and across the country in law enforcement to do all we can to prevent these horrific cases from happening. we're going to prosecute those that engage in these offense it is wherever we encounter them and we will bring justice to the victims of these crimes. while human trafficking happens both internationally and domestically, undoubtedly human trafficking and the criminals engauging it in are aided by an unsecured southern border. we need to be able to control those who are leaving and
entering our country and a southern border that is not secured exacerbates the incidence of human trafficking. there is bipartisan support today to end human trafficking. there should be broad bipartisan support to secure the southern border so we can more effectively combat human trafficking. we need a secure southern border and we need congress to do something about it. i'm going to turn to our assist attorney general for civil rights division to talk a little bit about a case that we just announced convictions in. i want to introduce rich donahue who prosecuted that case. go ahead. >> thank you, matt, thank you, mr. president. first of all, thank you for prioritizing the prosecution of human trafficking here in the united states. the case that acting attorney general whitaker mentioned was a very complicated long running human trafficking case where mexican nationals were engaged
in trafficking young girls and women across the borders, smuggling these women across the border into the united states and forcing them into prostitution. working with the united states attorney's office in brooklyn and in atlanta as well as the department of homeland security, the justice department obtained convictions of eight of these individuals and earlier this week, five of the eight were sentenced to extensive prison sentences. in addition, we are now working with the victims in this case and in all others, the victims of human trafficking whose lives have been devastated by these kinds of horrible crimes. thank you, mr. president. president trump: thank you very much, rich has done an incredible job of not only prosecution but other things that are coming up. >> we have a tremendous team in brooklyn and across the eastern district, every day we go to work, we see the results of borders not secure. our focus get up every day and
work with our law enforcement partners diligently to protect the victims and protect our country. the reality is as long as we have a border that is not secure, you're going to suffer the consequences of that. and so stepping forward, we think that it would be a tremendous advantage to us in law enforcement in new york and across the country to have a border that is secure to protect our people and protect our country. president trump: thank you. the fact is that if we don't have barriers, walls, call them what you want, but we don't have very strong barriers where people cannot any longer drive rise across, unbelievable vehicles. they have a lot of money. they have the best vehicles you can buy. stronger and faster vehicles than police has and i.c.e. has and border patrol has, it's like a highway. we have to close them up. if we don't close them up, you
are kidding yourself. we can all play games, but a wall is a necessity. all of the other things the sensors and the drones, it's all wonderful to have and works well but only if you have the wall. if you don't have the wall, it doesn't matter. a drone isn't stopping 1,000 people from running through and so we can all talk and you know interestingly if you look, virtually every democrat over the last 15 years, they've approved what we're asking for, so i think we're doing something, i think we're getting closer, but we really have to think about the people of our country. this is not a fight i wanted. i didn't want this fight. we have to think about the people of our country and we have to do what's right at our border and many other places. we have to do what's right at our border. human trafficking cannot be
stopped if we don't have a steal barrier or a concrete wall, something very powerful, it cannot be stopped. we have the most talented law enforcement people in the world as far as i'm concerned right alongside of me and behind me. it doesn't mean a thing if they're going to be driving women and children through sections of the border where nobody is where you can't be because you don't have enough manpower or woman power. you don't have enough of anything. you have 2,000 miles of border. so if you're not going to stop it, in all fairness, there is not much they can do. they can get them every once in a while. the other way we can eliminate the problem as it pertains to the area that is the worst problem, probably the world's worst problem. they come into the united states because we have the money. that's true with the drugs and everything i said for human trafficking is also true with drugs. so we got to get the politics out of this and go back to common sense, they say it's a medieval solution, a wall. that's true. it's i had evil because it worked then and it works even better now.
israel put up a wall. 99.9% successful according to benjamin netanyahu. he came up in my office a couple of months ago. what's up with the wall, we put up a wall with 99.9%. can i use that number. they'll say it was actually only 99%. the president told a fib. no, he told me 99.9, maybe he'll change it and make it 99. they put up a wall and they don't have a problem anymore. we have to do the same thing. the united states must not incentivize or enable these evil crimes. instead, we should do everything we can to fight them and that's what we're doing. i call on congress to send me a funding bill to secure the border, build the barrier and help end this horrific assault on innocent life, not to mention the drugs, not to mention the gangs or the criminals and i will very gladly sign this legislation having to do
they're a disaster, i sign it with one pen and i hand out and it works out better. it's also much faster. where are my i.c.e. guys, pass them around, i think we have enough, we have enough for everybody. at least we have to take to the republicans there, the democrats, michael, you have it. hand them around, fellows. >> mr. president, what would you say to those workers, the secret service agents? president trump: they are terrific. they are terrific patriots. they agree with what i'm doing. i hope to have the situation worked out. they want security in our country, and so do i. we want common sense, security in our country. when you look at what is going on, immigration just went to very high on your list, even on your list. immigration is very high on the list.
we're not talking about just immigration. i would like it, i'll say it in front of some of our democrat friends here. i would love to see a big immigration bill where we really take care of the situation. i know you want to, everybody wants to. who wouldn't want to? we have a problem. it's quicker and easier to do this individually. we would like to see real immigration reform in this country because we need it. it could be a beautiful thing. with all of the companies coming into our country, we have seven car companies that are announcing or have announced just recently, we have many car companies and other companies as you know, they're flowing in. we have the best job numbers virtually have we had for african-american the best ever, hispanic, asian, the best in 50 years. the best job numbers. we need people, great qualified people, we want them to come in. it's a great time right now, because of that, we need people,
rob. in ohio, you need workers and i knew you feel the same way. everybody wants to see immigration reform. it's overdue. it's always been very political and maybe this will turn out to be a blessing in disguise. john, i will tell you this. the people out there want something to happen at our southern border, whether it's human trafficking, whether it's drugs, whether it's criminals, whether it's ms-13, the folks behind me know all about ms-13 and how violent and i havious they are and where they come from and they all come from the same place and they all come in the same way. they come right across that border. we have thrown thousands out, i would say thousands, right, fellows, literally ms-13, you have a lot of it, i know rich. thousands and we move them all the way back to where they came from, all the way back.
they find a way to come back again. we need strong borders and we need immigration reform. beyond that, we need immigration reform. all right, let's go. >> people are going without their pay checks, some are being forced to work without pay, some are furloughed. president trump: they're all going to get the money and they will be happy. many of those people that you're talking about, so humanly the way you expressed it, but many of the people that you talk about are on my side. i have had so many people, the beautiful thing with social media, the world comes right to you. you look at social media. many people are saying it's hard for me, for my family, but mr. president, you're doing the right thing. get it done. i have had so many of them. they're patriots, they love our country and they want to see it be done. look, this is just common sense. they want to see it be done correctly. we need a barrier. we have to stop people from
coming in the way they come in. if we don't have it, you can never have border security unless you have a steel barrier, a concrete wall, call it whatever you want, but without it, you'll never have -- you can have the greatest talent in the world. you will never ever in a million years, you will not have border security, can't happen. >> [indiscernible]. >> president trump we might work a deal, if not, we might go that route. i have the right for national emergency. >> what is your threshold? >> dealing with people that are unreasonable. we have terrence aboard. i just spoke to a few of the people in the house. we have tremendous support. the senate has been incredible. mitch mcconnell has been incredible. he said if the president is not going to sign it, i'm not going to waste my time. rob is here, he can tell you, he is very strong on border security.
we have tremendous support in the senate, we have tremendous support in the house. and by the way, you know, they say is it true that somebody -- a congressman, he broke away, ok. yeah, every once in a while you have that. you know who else has that, the democrats have that, too. they have their people breaking away, too, you know why? they know you need border security, but you don't report that. the fact is that there is tremendous support, i would know with that support, i would be the first one to know, i may be the last one, too, there is tremendous support. right now if i did something that was foolish like gave up on border security, the first ones that would hit me are my senators. they would be angry at me. the second ones would be the house and the third ones would be frankly my base and a lot of represents out there and a lot of democrats that want to see provider security.
any questions? >> [indiscernible]. >> you think i should do that, chuck? i mean i watch your one-sided reporting, do you think i should do that? seriously, chuck, do you think i should just sign? no, tell me, tell me -- you think i should just sign? >> you sign the border -- >> you would do that in my position? >> i'm not in your position. i'm asking you. >> i'm asking you, would you do that if you were in that position? if you would do that, you should never be in this position. you would never get anything done. goodbye, everybody, thank you very much, thank you. thank you. thank you very much. [inaudible]
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