tv President Trump Holds Border Security Roundtable in Mc Allen TX CSPAN January 11, 2019 5:31am-6:41am EST
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we're with you you know that. , we are here to make a tour a little while of the border. we have fantastic people with us, including our great senators from the state of texas. thank you very much. our lieutenant governor has been my friend for a long time. i hear your son is doing a good job. i want to thank you for being here. we will go around the table and say a few words. attorney general, thank you for being here. i appreciate what a job you have done. big victory. a very important victory. the individual mandate, we will see if that holds up, because it should. that was the excuse they had, we will see if it holds up. i am honored to be in mcallen, texas with the heroes of border patrol and they are heroes. you have so much, border patrol, ice, law enforcement, you take
so much heat. you take so much abuse from people that don't know what they're talking about. i want to just say that you have a friend with this administration and with me. >> [applause] [applause] >> pres. trump: you have no idea how much you are loved by the public. maybe not by the fake news, but your loved by the public. that includes my friend, brandon. thank you for being so great. you have been getting the word out how important it is, border security at the wall or the steel barrier. they can have any name that they want but we have to have it. law enforcement, border patrol, the public loves you. not like, love.
,ou may be the one people person we have a problem with, because you are highly respected in our country and beyond our country. we know you do with the gangs. we see what you do on the border. boy, i will tell you, it is top stuff. you could be spread a lot differently if we had the walls and we'll get it, we will get it. they give her much, fellas. doing incredible. i want to thank secretary nielsen and commissioner michael for making the trip with us. cornyn has been an incredible champion of what we mandoing and a very popular
in a think we are running into years together and that is right good news for both of us i hope. i think it is. >> [applause] pres. trump: and we have another great friend of mine, ted cruz, and he is a friend of mine, except for about four or five months in between. >> [laughter] pres. trump: i was telling john that ted and i liked each other so much and i said some time tahhat will end, right, ted? the press would say, when is it going to end? we didn't know it would be that violence, but on the friendship -- i want to congratulate you. with 22,000 --na
that was an incredible night. we had 106,000 people wanted to come in. thousands outside a view weeks before the election. i said i think it he is going to and now he lost and he wants to run for president in a thought -- and i said, i thought you had to win to run for president. texas attorney general and lieutenant governor, who has been a friend for a long time. he will be on fox news tonight. the governor just had a great campaign. he has been fantastic and a big believer in what we're doing. say hello to him and i will speak to him later. brandon judd and the national border secure
counsel. i've known him from the beginning. before i announced, he was for my ideas and he was for us, he was for me. we had a meeting and i said what you want? he knows better than all of us together. the group was fantastic that we had in washington just a few days ago and they went on television and anybody that was and wouldn't have a doubt about it. we appreciate it very much. patrol's rio grande valley sector. who is from the sector? do have any guys from the sector? are you tougher than the rest? maybe. i heard special. they are. come over here.
come here. >> [applause] pres. trump: that's fantastic. i have heard so much about you. we will spend some time together. i don't know if we are walking or flying. in a few minutes, the american people retail -- the american people will hear about the flood of illegal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, a phenomenon that has been going on for 1000 years. thanks was something that modern society doesn't have. because of the internet, it is worse than ever before. much of it comes -- it is a world problem, not a u.s. problem only. they come across the border and
thing, and they try for there is no security where you don't know that there is a difference between mexico and the united states. we just go out and where there is no fencing or walls of any kind, they just make a left into the united states and come in and the have women tied up, tape over their mouths, usually blue tape. powerful stuff. not good. they have 3, 4, 5 in vans and three in cars and a drive-in. you go through your points of interest. kind,had a barrier of any a powerful barrier, if we had a barrier, they would be able to make it and they wouldn't even bother trying if they can't go through the points with people, cold.would stop that
we would stop a cold. they can't fly in, obviously, for obvious reasons, so we would stop human trafficking in this section of the world. i think we would stop it 95%, a tremendous percent. the criminal gangs don't walk to the point of entry. to come were nobody is around and you are talking about hundreds of miles. 2000 miles. we need 500 miles of border. one thing that was happening, i was explained to the senators car, one of the things that really is happening is without saying it to love it, and i told him and dan said can you repeat that story, when i say mexico is going to pay for the wall, that is what i said. but instead it would break check for $20 billion. who is going to write a check? listen they would pay for the wall and if congress approves
this incredible trade bill we have made with mexico and canada, but with mexico, they are paying for the walls many times over. dan said, do me a favor and say that, and i do say it, but the press refuses to acknowledge it. when i say mexico is going to pay for the wall, that is what i mean. mexico is paying for the wall. i didn't mean please write me a check, i mean they are paying for it in the trade deal. sometimes i say that. hopefully people will understand. if the deal doesn't get approved, which would be hard, because it is so much better than nafta. nasa -- nafta was one of the worst ever made. usmca and it is a great deal and i think you will see tremendous improvement for the farmers and the people of texas. professionals at dhs, the men and women in this room have told us what we need to secure our border.
these are the people we went to. it is not only the wall or the barrier, it is the equipment for seizing the drugs. we have tremendous equipment that is expensive. when you do drive through one of the ports of entry, we have equipment that will be able to detect the drugs. it is the finest in the world, and we are getting it ready. it is part of what we are asking for. we are taking their recommendations straight to congress, but congress says, the democrats are holding us up, because they don't want it. they think it is good politically. i think it is a disaster for them politically, but i'm not doing it for politics. i'm doing it because it is right. before when i left washington, i said they can't have a problem with crime, because the people coming in, the criminals, the gangs, the traffickers, the drugs, it is all crime. the only way you got stop it is
the way these people are strongly recommending it be stopped. hopefully, i hear we are making a lot of progress. -- of hear members of the congress, the democrats are saying we got a get this thing going. gonna win thea -- battle of strong borders and no crime as opposed to open borders and crime doesn't matter, because they are saying crime doesn't matter. we have people that have been so horribly hurt. families that have been so horribly hurt by people who just come in like just come into the united states. they leave then come back. in many cases, they stay. we had done a good job at the border, considering we don't have the right laws. we have laws that are so bad they are horrible. we don't have the barrier.
our plan includes drug technology detection at our ports. more officers and agents. more beds to house the in flex influx of illegal migrants. closing the loopholes that incentivize child smuggling, the single biggest victims of what is happening at our border our children. they are being used by the coyotes, sold left or right. people are grabbing them to get in, because our laws are lousy and if you have a child with you is easier to get in. these people know it better than the people in washington. the biggest victims are children and women. women would be right there with the children. these are the victims. it is women mostly in terms of the smuggling. and what is going on with that. we're gonna take care of this problem.
to think anybody can think about fighting it is ridiculous. we are gonna build a powerful barrier.- steel i said we will use steel, it is stronger and more expensive, but it is stronger. they say we don't want a concrete wall, i said ok, i will build a steel wall. i like it better. we will build a barrier instead of a wall. i am ok with that. i don't care what you call it. be there.gotta democrats have refused to listen to the border agents and they say this is a manufactured crisis. all over, i turn on the television. i call it the opposition party. it is called the fake news media. every network has manufactured crisis. this is a manufactured -- everyone of them. they said that to everybody,
let's use this soundbite today. so it is a man -- but it is not. what is manufactured is the use of the word manufactured. it is manufactured. negatives,e of the but they are not winning, because it is common sense, it is common sense. they say a wall is medieval, will also is a wheel. a wheel is older than a wall. every single car out there, even the really expenses ones that the secret service uses, and believe me, they are expensive, i said do they all have wheels? i thought it was medieval. the wheel is older than the wall. there is some things that work. a wheel works and a wall works. nothing like a wall. government shut down because democrats will not fund porter security. more than just the wall. are open borders agenda threat and all american families, including millions of
legal immigrants throughout our nation. for the last two years alone, our courageous ice officers, many of whom are with us, arrested criminal aliens charged with or convicted of 100,000 assaults within the last year. crimes and 4000 violent killings. we are deeply moved to have with singh, whose brother ronil, and incredible guy. and i rarely felt worse in watching news of our familythan watching your and the love you have for your family. i could see the way that came through. it came through loud and clear, and there are so many people who have the same -- nobody ever covers them.
when they talk about how this, how that, no one talks about how fair is to the victims of these brutal killings. by the way, over the years, there is thousands of them. i don't mean hundreds, i mean thousands of them. these officers can all tell you about them. i would like to, because i watched a family right around christmas time and i watched them suffer and i would like to ask if reggie would like to say a few words about your incredible brother and the job he was doing. he was so beloved by the people in the department and beyond the department. singh, ronil originally from fiji, always wanted to be in law enforcement. america to join the law enforcement.
english is our second language. he worked on that, got his education, applied for a law enforcement agency and he was asked to get his citizenship. he worked towards that and became a cop. corporal k-9. killed, what my family is going through right now, i do not want any other family law enforcement person to go through that. whatever it takes to minimize, put a stop to it. my family fully supports it. singh wass old, ronil cremated and i had to pick up his remains. it breaks my heart and no one should ever go through that. looking at that five-month-old , no, looking for his dad one should ever go through that on christmas day. that is all. >> [applause]
pres. trump: that was a tough one for a lot of people. for a lot of people, that was tough to watch. son, theoman whose border agent, who was loved by so many in the department on the border patrol. we had so many people talking so much about him. it happened in 2014. he was fishing with his wife, his parents and his kids. and, marie, i would like to
maybe have a little bit about your son, because he is so loved and respected in this room. marie: we have two sons. or both of them. both are marines. harvey at a young age expressed a love for law enforcement. the parent once a child to grow up and be something and be a productive human. we supported him. he was interested in the police force. numerous times, he wrote with a police officer around our town.
when he was in high school, he told us that he wanted to be a marine, and of course, you want to be a marine, you are going to followhis, you are gonna through and finish it. that is what he did. he became a marine. ,pon leaving the marine corps he went to college, became a i med engineer and he was offered a job. he was surrounded by agents and saw how they worked and saw that love for law enforcement and he came to me and my husband and said, i want to be a border patrol agent. ok, you want to
be a border patrol agent, then you are gonna be. he became an agent. i always worried about him. like i worry about our family now. work, beem to go to safe, come home to their family. almost every day, i was scared that i would lose my son. did iin my wildest dreams ever imagined my son dying at a family outing. it was supposed to be a peaceful, fun fishing afternoon, and it didn't happen that way. it didn't happen that way, because we had a criminal illegal alien that killed him. he came thinking that he was entitled to one of the two
vehicles we had there. no family should go through this. no one. no family should suffer the loss of a child. a parent should not have to bury their child. we need the wall and when i say that, i don't mean just build the wall. there is other things that we need to do. we need to enforce immigration laws. we need tougher judges. we need the wall itself. our border patrol agents need to have what they should have to do their job. pres. trump: thank you very much. you are 100% right. >> [applause]
pres. trump: what marie said is right. we have to give these incredible people the tools to work with. politicians in washington are saying, they don't know the first thing about it. we have no the first thing about what we are talking about. hear from ato couple of landover's -- a couple of land owners. i think i would like to start leaders and texas say a few words about what we're here for and what we support and what is going to happen and we have no choice. maybe we will start with senator cornyn. say a few words. : thank you for
being here and for hearing firsthand from the people who of thed at the hands crimes as a result of people who don't come here to achieve their american dream, but who come here to cause death and destruction and human misery. before you, you see we will have somebody go through some of the things in front of us. i see heroine and methamphetamine. bulk cash. the drugs are sold in the united states and they take the cash back across the border. you see the weapons that are used by the drug cartels and others. you can imagine the violence goes along with that. people like ted and i and our colleagues say -- hear people
say that this is a manufactured crisis. we have got to wonder what planet they have been living on, because this is not just about economic migrants. this is about people who exploit the vulnerabilities in our border. this is about the 70,000 people who died of drug overdoses in america last year. 90% of the heroin comes from mexico, and as you point out the human trafficking, sex slavery, that is all associated with the to control it comes to the border. thank you for your concern and fork mr. singh and ms. vega sharing their story. pres. trump: thank you. senator cruz. cruz: glad to welcome you to the valley.
one of the things you said about , youen and women here referred to them as heroes and that is right. these are brave, courageous leaders. i have been out on midnight patrols. thathave a difficult job they do each and every day. they risked their lives. us, our prayers are with your family and the tragedy you have endured, no one should have to endure. and this whole community loves the vega family. we have mourned their son's loss. illegal immigration produces tragedies every day. drug smuggling, children being abused, women being sexually abused. destroying last
year 72,000 people lost their lives to drug overdoses. more than car accidents. much of those drugs are flooding across the southern border. i just want to commend you for standing up and fighting this fight. one thing there's not a lot up in washington is back on. you foro commend helping infuse more backbone in washington. this is a fight the people of texas in the american people once the border secured. they want the federal government to have backs of the men and women in this room risking their lives to keep us safe. thank you for highlighting this crisis. we see politicians go on tv and city borders secure and there is no crisis, they are ignoring reality. they are ignoring the lives that are jeopardized everyday. >> [applause]
pres. trump: dan, if you could say a few words. i would like somebody to give us a definition of exactly what is in front of us, because it looks pretty brutal. this is not a manufactured deal. this is nothing compared to what they have. able toody gonna be explain this to us? please, thank you. thank you. thank you. >> [inaudible] as you can see to these two tables, these are methamphetamines and heroin i was making entry at the point of entry.
the conveyance was referred to and they weregy able to identify anomalies within the conveyances. dogs.he use of our canine these are fire extinguishers. they were intercepted. the two fire extinguishers were used with methamphetamine and heroin. we have some weapons that were seized the points of entry. we have three goldplated, encrusted with diamonds. laredore seized at the
point of entry. seized an ar-15 that was . an ak-47 at the point of entry going southbound. there was nervous behavior displayed by the driver. subsequently, officers were able to find the ak-47 in the backseat. rifle. have a 50 caliber during the inspection, officers use equipment to detect a compartment in the backseat of a vehicle. with the insistence of our homeland security investigators, there was a surveillance whichted on the vehicle went to an undisclosed location.
the 50 caliber rifle was found. see oure guns you diamond encrusted. crusted.iamond en pres. trump: ok. that says it all. this is recent. they didn't have to go far. this is recent. >> welcome to the station, mr. president. i am in charge here. [inaudible] this was detected by a canine handler. there was a suspected currency who gave us consent into his house. the canine came in and searched.
he was suspected of marriage fraud. he was an overstay. he had multi-thousand of dollars of financial transactions. pres. trump: that is something. the dogs are incredible in terms , but also the drugs they find money and drugs, they find drugs. and they find people. it is pretty incredible. go ahead. sure. >> i will start from here. here,eckpoint north of two suspects were being smuggled in the trunk of a car. records checks were run. one of the subjects had an interpol hit.
he was wanted out of spain for murder. pictureshave got detecting seizures of marijuana and firearms. it just so happens when this task force went to execute a warrant, the suspect tried to burn the marijuana and to throw it throughout the yard. we were able to get in and sees the marijuana and make the arrest. this year, very sad. your words resonate with me. very dangerous. we have got a vehicle that failed to yield to border patrol agent. anddriver lost control impaled the vehicle on a gate. a juvenile died in the vehicle. suspects injured, all illegal in the united states.
here, you are seeing the inside of a horse trailer, where smugglers endangered these folks they were smuggling again at the checkpoint. here, this is just a couple miles from here, from where we are standing. this is a tunnel. this is the second tunnel we have located. this is an area that we have walls. we have some technology and agents. that piece of area was important to the criminal organizations. we are doing such a great job utilizing the right resources in that area. they are become so frustrated they are using other tactics. they are digging tunnels. it was 25 feet long, three feet high. theere fortunate that when station next to us, they launched in our area, they looked for new landings and
anything from the day before. this was very well hidden. there is no telling what else is going to come through this. vehicle was floated across the rio grande river. floated on a trailer. narcotics in the bed of the truck and the cab of the truck. this is technology that we have here making use of. grande onong the rio the mexican side, getting ready to cross the united states. that technology is so important so our agents have time to deter that traffic. sadly, this is a deceased subject. somebody who was probably trying to cross the rio grande and didn't make it. he died. he drowned.
right here. mexico tryingfrom to smuggle 1000 pounds. vehicle, they ran into a border patrol agent. that is assault. they were trying to get away. over 1000 pounds of marijuana. this is a stash house. the smugglers don't care. they are treating human beings as commodities. they put them in deplorable situations. sometimes they're in these houses up to eight days or more. this is terrible. the american people need to understand, like you stated just now. to our families, to the country, we are here to serve and we're everybody in the
country and the people who are being taken advantage of. pres. trump: that was a great presentation. thank you. >> [applause] >> mr. president, i wanted to share that our state troopers seized fentanyl last year, which on the street breaks down to 21 million lethal doses. we talk about our opioid crisis. to those of you who say this is a manufactured crisis, it is a manufactured covered up by your opposition. we had 500,000 people apprehended crossing the border from san diego last year. texas and mostin in this sector between brownsville. we need the wall. we have 54 miles.
you are about to build 22 more. that leaves 128 miles. on the other side of the border, there's a city of one million people without a police force. every night, gunfights on the streets between the marines and the cartels. eight miles from here. anyone who says we don't need offense for a wall or a barrier for more law enforcement, they are deceiving the american people. you are right and we are with you. pres. trump: they say it is immoral. what is immoral is all the killing taking place by people walking across. >> deceiving the american people. pres. trump: they are. they all know. it is an indefensible position. even people who are not into it like we are, where we are studying it and working and we want to end it and we can end it, everybody knows that what we are saying is right. >> the economic impact to the
country and taxes. we have one million students who don't speak english and they want to come here, but there is a tremendous cost to the taxpayer. the health care cost and the humanitarian cost, no one should have to die trying to come to america and the democrat opposition is great in that situation. pres. trump: i want to thank you and i think a lot of people are getting it, because it is simple. we don't have a barrier, a substantial barrier of some kind, you will never be able to solve this problem. everybody gets it, whether you are educated in this world or not. you don't have to be it all. they all get it. that is why you see democrats in congress saying we don't like this subject. there was a big article. i won't give your competition the publicity, but there was an article in an important media where that just came out a lot of the young democrats just elected to office are breaking up and saying, our
position, meaning to democrats position of no barrier is indefensible. it is gonna happen. it is gonna happen more and more, cause it's common sense. will you say something? >> as you all know, the department of defense is fully supporting the department of homeland security and customs and border patrol. continuecomponents, we to support the mission as we look ahead. pres. trump: i called on you and the department of defense to come help, because we had caravans forming. we have another one forming in honduras and repay them tens of millions of dollars. they do nothing for us. they do nothing. isyou think that country trying to stop, don't believe it. that goes for guatemala, el salvador, if they want to stop it, they can stop it, but they form and come in through mexico. they break in and you saw what happened. they broke in because they
didn't have the wall and i think they are thinking about building a wall on their border. i want to thank the military. and from day one, they worked. nobody seen anybody work like that. they put barbed wire, but it is called arc wire times 10. times 10.wire without that, it would have been a stampede. i want to thank the military. i know you're still working on it and i have to tell you that they have another one for me. we will handle that as it happens. we are working with mexico. we appreciate that. we are working with mexico very much. attorney general, please say a few words. >> thank you so much for coming to the border. semi-people talk about the border and don't come down here, so thank you. thank you for your vision, your persistence, your willingness to stand up.
like no other leader we have had, you have done more for border security to push this forward, and look, we have two stories, horrific stories of people losing their lives. in texas, you are not the only two families that have suffered. we keep track of statistics related to border security. our state police addressed hundreds of thousands of homicides. we have hundreds of thousands of stories just like this that have affected real people and our families in texas, so thank you for addressing that. we hear the narrative that the wall want work. if you go to el paso, we put up a barrier there under the bush administration. over 100 miles long. el paso used to have one of the highest crime rates in america. ,e separated war as, -- juarez and now we have one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
the narrative is incorrect. i wanted to say something about your comments about human trafficking. i started a human trafficking unit my first year in office because of the border. we had the second-highest human trafficking rate in the country. over 300,000 people are victims of a crime every year. that is the research. houston is the worst city in america. we are addressing that and border security will clearly have a positive impact on those horrible and horrific statistics. they are affecting our women and our children. pres. trump: what you're saying is interesting because you have a wall or a barrier, then you won't. they walk up and can't get through and find an opening and it is the openings where they come in. we don't want to have the openings. we want to have gaetz, but other than that, we don't want to have openings. you will see the crime rate go way down. we already doing well in terms of crime, but it is not being
helped by what is going on. we could make it a lot better, so i appreciate it. brandon? >> mr. president, i came here and this gentleman right here said he didn't like that 50 cal pointing at his head. he played football in missouri. i told him it wouldn't leave a dent in him. he was the right person to put that in front of. appreciate the leadership you have provided. i appreciate the access you have given our border patrol agents to our leaders, like secretary nielsen. nobody has ever come down and spoken to our agents as much as secretary nielsen. andppreciate the leadership the access you have allowed our agents with these individuals. i appreciate you having senator cornyn and senator cruz here
today. these two individuals played such a huge will -- role in etting hobby or vega -- javier vega's death ruled as a line of duty death. experience, i can tiny what barriers do. i started my career 21 years ago and we had few barriers. we had illegal border crossings out of control. the biggest sector at that time. we put up barriers and crossings dropped exponentially. i then went to arizona to the busiest station. 100,000arresting over illegal aliens per year at that station. we built physical barriers. it dropped from 100,000 to 20,000. that's how physical barriers work. they work and we appreciate the
leadership you are providing in order to get those things that we need, such as personnel, technology and infrastructure. pres. trump: thank you very much. we just sit here listening, it is not a contest. all they are doing is looking at 2020. they figure they can't win, maybe they can do this. they can come up with some other issue. i can tell you some other issues being used, because we've had great achievement. i want consider myself to have that great achievement unless we can strain out the border. we're working on it. your son and your brother will not have died in vain. i can tell you that. that is a very important purpose to all this. very important. i agree, that is a very uncomfortable position. >> [laughter] pres. trump: i don't know. i would not want to be in that chair, but you are a tough guy. please, say a few words. >> thank you for taking the time
to come down here and address this situation. live on a daily basis, not just the ranchers, but law enforcement. senator cruz hit it on the head when he said you got a backbone and that is why we elected you. we appreciate you not giving up. i grew up in the rio grande valley, born and raised here. third generation here. 20 years ago, we didn't have this kind of problem. we had a great flow of illegal immigrants coming across, but those people were harmless and wanted to come across for a better life. it is not the same thing anymore. were's been many times where the out on the ranch or even at 3:00 in the morning, had a family come beat on my back door . i go out there and it was a family in distress. we feed them, we watch a them. we are passionate people.
that is what we do. we call for help, get them over there, feed them, close them. unfortunately, we have had a few young females come up that you can tell have been sexually assaulted. they were scared out of their minds. they would get disoriented on their direction and told i coyotes that houston is there. these people pay $3000 to come across. they walked 10 miles across the border, walk around in the brush and disappear on them. they are lost, hopeless, they don't know what to do, so they give up and say can you call border security -- border patrol? border patrol, my hats off to you guys. we got a great sheriff. my friend as well. anytime we had any instances, i
lost my father five years ago, and when that happened, there was a lot of traffic going on. i didn't live at the ranch, but i would have to go out there every night. to theonstant bother sheriff and he was there to help me. control,s, the border there hands are tied and they know it. they know they get over here and there gonna get caught but there gonna get let go. to me, that's something that needs to be addressed. i agree with the wall. there's a lot of farmers and landowners on the river and they are upset about eminent domain. that brings up the question, as far as all the acreage they are losing on the wall, maybe there something you can devise with those owners and say, we don't want to drill through the middle of your property, let's rearrange it and get closer to the river or something. see a lot probably more cooperation with that.
pres. trump: i agree with that. i think you are right. .he laws are the problem they: catch and release. call onentries -- they catch and release. other countries say excuse me, gets out. nobody tries to get in, because they know they can't. we take them through court proceedings. we have to hire hundreds of judges. hundreds of judges. hundreds of judges. you go through a proceeding. they check you in and they can't do the preceding because there is 800,000 people waiting. eight. think of it. 800,000 people. if they set one foot on u.s. property, they end up having to go to a trial. they take the name and they say, you can go now. come back in three years. this is the united states law. made worse by the ninth circuit.
the ninth circuit is a disaster. made worse by the ninth. circuit, to the ninth if you are on the other side of what everybody in this room is about and frankly what most of the people are all about, it is almost like an automatic loss. it is like an automatic. they take a case to the ninth circuit that is nowhere near the ninth circuit that has nothing to do with the ninth circuit. we are bucking a bad system and bucking a lot of things that are bad and we are apprehending more people than ever apprehended the four, but the laws are against us and we are doing well anyway, but we have to do much better and we can do only better if we have a physical barrier. even with the bad laws, you have a physical barrier, they can't come onto the country. >> i married into a law enforcement family.
it was hard going through that. i feel your pain. at first.t close we become really good friends after that happened. i don't know how, but the killers, when they got up to the were allowedthey to bring their entire family and put them up on the taxpayer's dollar, in front of his parents. it was like a stab in the back. for the governments that he gave his life for. pres. trump: when was that? how long ago? >> that was right about last year. so. pres. trump: convicted? >> somebody took the fall for it. i can't say it was the correct person. pres. trump: yeah. that is bad stuff. pastor, please. >> thank you, mr. president for coming to texas and to the rio grande valley.
i especially want to thank you for calling this what it is. a humanitarian crisis. itn you use that language, really sets bells to ringing, is that is what it is. see then my profession human suffering brought by drugs , by the arms that are brought across making our communities more violent. the trafficking of women and children, especially, and borders -- and boys. the truth that needs to be talked about that is seldom talked about is the amount of underreported crime. happen, in thegs shadows, people are not always eager to point out the crimes that are taking place. it goes underreported. people in my profession,
especially spanish speaking pastors in this sector know firsthand the human toll that is taking place because of the onslaught. the sickness, the disease, the lack of sanitation going on because of the bunch up at the border. i want to give a heartfelt thanks, because i have had the privilege of visiting with you before. compassionate, although some don't want to paint you as having a heart of compassion. i know you as a man that does have a heart of compassion that is genuine and authentic, and the fact that you called it what it is, it is a crisis and a humanitarian crisis. am pastors that i representing today so that you alute you you -- s
and thank you for wanting to put an end to the suffering taking place on the border. pres. trump: good to see you again. thank you. obviously, you came to the right part of the border. number one, for illegal crossings, number two, for hard narcotics. the humanitarian cost. the families and children cross here, over half cross here in half -- cross here in south texas. enforcement officers are dealing with children and families that are very challenging. ofant to say i am proud those agents, officers, and professionals serving down here. staying focused on the mission despite the challenging environment. very proud.
their heart and soul in what they do every day to protect our country. the resources the administration is asking for are targeted at this crisis. border barrier technology, agents and officers we need. we are building new barriers starting in february right here. also the technology at points of entry to stop drugs is a critical element, and very importantly, you asked for humanitarian resources. we can help protect families that are crossing. it is all controlled by violent criminals in mexico. we want to combat them with these resources. pres. trump: thank you. little while. be there in a little while. one of the things dan patrick suggested was give the state of texas a small amount of money
and they will build a wall themselves. i thought that was not the worst idea i ever heard, although i still think i can do it cheaper than you. but i do like the idea. we are looking at a couple ways of doing it where you guys get it up. you do things well in texas and i like that idea. dan, can i ask you to say a few words? dan: i am the field office director with ice. with the inflow of immigrants coming across in unprecedented numbers, our officers are coming down at the border to support that effort. the city same officers we use in the community looking for public safety threats and criminal aliens, which are now reprogrammed to come down here to deal with the humanitarian crisis. over this past year, over half
the time, those officers were brought back down to deal with these crises. when we look at the family units that come across, we either just relate them -- release them right out the door if they can't go into the residential centers. even if they get to one of our residential centers, >> terrible. >> just basically release family the secondary barrier for them to keep coming. the agentst past doing this, they kind of get a free run. is not just going on at the border, it is less of a
problem. we aret through and getting them out by the thousands. the ice folks are doing incredibly and they are rough and tough. still a lot tougher, but it is a lot of people. it is not the crime had the border which has its own problems, it is once they get through the border, they are dispersed or they dispersed themselves and all the crime that comes with it. >> before we in the night, i expect to hear from secretary nielsen. thent to acknowledge all local officials here that support these men and women and having tolly end up manage this humanitarian crisis
because of the gaps in our laws that you have artists -- already described. we are set up to deal with legal immigration, but you legal immigration, particularly when it floods over here, we are just not prepared for these large with whatespecially local men and women have had to deal with. i asked that you recognize them. -- i ask that you recognize them. [applause] great. is thank you very much. everyone here today said so well. it is a humanitarian crisis, really a security crisis.
for those who like to put their head in the sand, it is disturbing for those who have lost loved ones, but an insult to our country. day and it isach clear to congress what the crisis is and they refuse to do it. i hope they take a cue from you and decide to be leaders and do what the country needs to help secure us. , secretary and you are working hard. commissioner, you and everybody else, we appreciate it. we are making a lot of progress. i have to say my most sacred ,uty is to defend the people
whether it is for nations or along the border. it is defending them properly and strongly, really brightly and justly. it would be a lot easier for me not to do this. this should have been take -- .een taken care of 30 years ago all the speeches made by all the people that worked under the president and you say what happened? nothing happened. they were going to build this 2003, 2006, 20 years ago. little sections got bill. uphave a new wall going because it was such a bad shape. we have a lot of work, so i hope that the democrats get together
and work on a problem. it is compassion, it is everything. it is also national security just like it is a foreign country we are under attack. we are certainly under attack by criminal gangs, criminals themselves, by the human traffickers and the drugs. much of it comes through the southern border and we can do a great job of putting of the barriers, putting up the walls, putting up defenses, everything we have planned, fixing what is good, but is not working so well . it is torn up from abuse and all the things happened. we would have done a great service. putting the embassy in
jerusalem, many presidents talked about it, they campaigned on it, they never got it done. same thing here. i got that done and we will get this done to correct this is really the defense of our country and this is compassion for our people and we don't want to have situations like reggie had where he lost his brother or like marie had with her son. they still talk about your son man, so a great young we are working very hard. we will get it done. we are on the right side of the issue and not think actually, i startingother side is to get it. i maybe wrong, but i believe the other side is starting to
understand what is going on. they are on the wrong side of a very important issue. i want to thank everybody. the mayor and everybody has done such a great job. wantt to thank marie and i to thank reggie for being here. i want to thank all of the ice.e, border patrol, we are with you 1000%. thank you very much. [applause] .> see you in the white house