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  President Trump Signs Anti- Human- Trafficking Bill  CSPAN  January 9, 2019 5:43pm-6:04pm EST

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trump's visit thursday to the u.s./mexico border with texas tribune recorder alana roacha. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal live at 7:00 eastern thursday morning. join the discussion. >> while signing a bill to combat human trafficking, president trump talked about the government shutdown and what he will do if congressional leaders can't agree on building a wall at the southern border. >> thank you very much. appreciate you being here. hasn't been so long. late last night. and we're having very good times in our country. we're doing very well, except for the border. the border is a big problem. very dangerous problem. and i can talk all about the job numbers and how well we're doing on the economy. stock market is up, i guess now we're over 30% since the election. so many good things are happening, but we have to take care of the border.
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and we're all working together. i really believe the democrats and 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, but you never know. in a few moments, i'll sign legislation continuing my administration's extensive efforts to combat the scourge 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 wind 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 checkpoints. they go through the emptiest spot they can find with no walls, with no fences. i want to thank vice president pence, who is here. secretary nielsen, acting
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attorney general whitaker, secretary azar. a woman known as ivanka trump. where is ivanka? hi, ivanka. she worked very hard on this. this is very close to her heart. deputy secretary solomon, administrator gre administrator green, assistant secretary johnson, and ambassador richmond for being here today. 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 so popular in the state of ohio, rob portman. where is rob? great job, rob. appreciate it. and senator chris coons. who on occasion, we disagree, but i actually like him. that's a good step. representatives michael mccaul, my friend.
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susan brooks, ann wagner. and chris smith. i signed representative smith's anti-trafficking bill yesterday. it was just signed. and i want to thank you very much. you worked hard on it. we all worked hard on it. and you know, 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. a very modern day form. and because of the internet, what they do with the internet, how they find people through the internet is disgraceful. we're also honored to be joined by many from law enforcement who fight this heinous crime every single day. finally, i want to thank the aspiring advocates and survivors. and we have numbers of them with us, and maybe they'll say a few
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words. my administration has made the fight against human trafging one of the highest priorities. today's bill marks the fourth robust piece of bipartisan legislation, and it is bipartisan, i have to tell you, the democrats have been great. that i have signed in just the last few weeks. we have a couple 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 weeks that we have signed this. a very strong priority, but it's not easy getting everyone together, but this was, chris, i would say about as easy as it gets because this is a problem that there is no definition of the other side. there's only one side. so i want to thank democrats for helping us out with this one. but still, much work remains. we cannot defeat the menace of international human trafficking if we do not secure our border.
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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 border. they're driving in and they're not going through checkpoints because you can't have four or five people sitting in the back of a car with tape on your mouth and your hands tied and go through somebody that's checking out your car and your van. unsecured borders allow traffickers clear passage to transport their victims. and into the united states, it's very easy to come. all you do is drive 20 miles one way or the other and you'll find an open spot where there's 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 eric driband to say a few words about the recent case that
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dismantled a mexican sex trafficking organization 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, to say a few words? >> i agree with you. human trafficking is a scourge on humanity, internationally and here, and it's something the department of justice is 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 offenses wherever we encounter them, and we'll bring justs to the victims of these crimes. while human trafficking happens both internationally and domestically, undoubtedly, human trafficking and the criminals who engage in it significantly are aided by a porous and unsecure southern border. we need to be able to control
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those entering and leaving our country. and a southern border that is not secure exacerbates the incident of human trafficking. there is broad bipartisan support as we see here today to end human trafficking. there should be broad bipartisan support to secure the southern border. >> thank you. thank you, mr. president. first, 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
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mexican nationals were engaged in trafficking young girls and women across the border, smuggling these women across the border, into the united states, and forcing them into pro prostitution, working with the united states attorney's office in brooklyn and atlanta as well as the department of homeland security, they have obtained prosecutors of eight of these individuals, and earlier this week, five of the eight were sentenced to extensive prison sentences. we're now working with the victims in this case and all others, the victims of human trafficking whose lives have been devastated by these kinds of horrible crimes. thank you, mr. president. >> thank you very much. and because rich has done an incredible job of not only prosecution, but other things that are coming up and maybe you could say a few words. >> we have a tremendous team in brooklyn and across the eastern district of new york. every day we go to work, we see the results of having a border that's not secure. whether it's ms-13, drug
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trafficking, or human trafficking. our folks get up every day, work with our law enforcement partners diligently to protect the victims and our country. but the reality is, as long as we have a border that's not secure, you're going to suffer the consequences of that. unbelievable vehicles. they make a lot of money. they have the best vehicles you can buy. they have stronger, bigger, and faster vehicles than our police have and than i.c.e. has and border patrol has. so they're pretty good at that. they have areas they go to, like a highway. and we have to close them up.
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if we don't close them up, you're kidding yourselves. look, we can all play games. but a wall is a necessity. all of the other things, the sensors and drones, it's all wonderful to have and works well, but 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 have 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. you have to think about the people of our country. 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 steel barrier or a concrete wall, something very powerful.
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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. 2,000 miles of border. if you're not going to stop it, in all fairness, there's not much they can do. they can get them every once in a while, but 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. because they come into the united states because we have the money. that's true with drugs. and everything i said for human trafficking is also true with drugs. so we have 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. medieval because it worked then and it works even better now.
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israel put up a wall. 99.9% successful, according to
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[ applause ] >> i will explain to the press. they signed one letter. do you ever look at the
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signatures? i tried with one pen than i had that pen and it works out a lot better. really nice guys. pass them around. we have enough for everybody. we are pretty accurate. at least we have to take care of the republicans. >> mr. president, what about the federal workers the tsa and others? >> they have been terrific, they are terrific patriots and then a lot of them agree with what i am doing. they want security in our country and soda why. that is all that we want. we want common sense and security in our country. immigration went high on our
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list in your list, immigration is high on the list, we are not just talking immigration. i would like to say, in front of our democrat frontier, i would like to see a big -- democrat it friends here, i would like to see this we have a big problem it is quicker and easier to do it individually. we would like to see real immigration reform in this country. we need it, it could be a beautiful thing with all the companies coming into our country. we have seven companies that announced recently, and we have many car companies and other companies flowing in. we have the best job numbers that we have ever had, hispanic, asian, and african- american, the best in 50 years with the overall number and that will be beaten. we have the best job numbers we need people we need qualified
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people it is a great time right now. we need people, rob. in ohio, we need workers. i know you that you feel the same way. i will speak to this but everyone wants to see immigration reform. it is overdue. it has been very political. maybe this will be a blessing in disguise. i will tell you this, for people out there, they want something to happen at our southern border, drugs, emmis 13, human traffic -- ms 13 human trafficking. they come right across that border. we have thrown thousands out, i would say, thousands, literally
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. i know you have a lot of it, rich. we broke thousands out a year and they come back. we move them 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. okay, let's go. >> what do the people do without their paycheck? are they forced to work without pay? or furloughed? >> they will get the money and they will be happy. i will tell you, many of the people you talk about, so humanly that you express it, many of those people are on my side. i have had 70 people, the beautiful thing, social media, you take a look at social media. so many of those people said it's hard for me and my family but mr. president, you are doing the right thing and get it done. the patriots, they love our country. they want to see the stone. this is common sense pass they just want to see it done.
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this is common sense. if we do not have it, you can never have border security unless you have a steel barrier a concrete wall, call it whatever you want, you could have the greatest college in the world you will never in 1 million years have border security, it cannot happen. >> when you announce it? >> we may have a deal. i have the absolute right to do national emergency if i want. >> what about the republicans? >> we have tremendous republican support. i just spoke to the people in the house, we have tremendous support, the senate has been incredible, mitch mcconnell has been incredible. he said that if the president doesn't sign it, i will not
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waste my time. we have tremendous support in the senate, we have tremendous support in the house. by the way, they say, is a true, a congressman, he broke away? hey, every once in a while you will have their. but you know what else to say, the democrats said that too. they have their people breaking away too. you know why? they know that you need border security. you do not report that. the fact, there is tremendous support. without support i would be the first one to know. i may be the last what too. that there is tremendous support, right now, if i did something that was foolish, like gave up on border security, the first one that would hit me are my senators. they would be angry at me. the second once would be the house. the third once would be, frankly, the republicans and
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the democrats. anyone else? any other questions? >> do you think i should do that? do you think i should do that, chuck? watch your one-sided reporting. do you think i should do that? chuck, seriously, do you think i should just signed? no, tell me. john, should i just signed? >> you would do that if you were in my position? >> i am not in a position like that. i am asking you. >> i am asking you if you are in my position. if you would do that you should never be in my position because you would never get anything done. thank you, everybody. >> thank you. >> live coverage as the newly elected hispanic members of congress participate in the