President Trump Announcement on Border Security Government Shutdown CSPAN January 19, 2019 4:39pm-4:54pm EST
and that i will come in and make sure that this white house, this capital, this country looks as beautiful as it can look for these school children and these visitors. i think we have to up our game, mr. president. all of us, i know we can do this. we owe it to our citizens. we owe it to our workers. we owe it to our nation's reputation. and so with that, mr. president, i would ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar number 6 s.j. h.j.res. 1. i further ask that the joint resolution be considered read a third time and passed and the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: is there objection? a senator: on behalf of the majoriri
in the last half-hour, presidential speaking from the that president trump, speaking from the white debt proposeded -- president trump, speaking from the white house. president trump: just a short time ago i had the honor presiding over the swearing-in of five new rate american citizens. i told him that the beauty and majesty of citizenship is that it draws notice tensions of race or class or faith or gender or background.
americans, whether first-generation or 10th generation are bound together in love and loyalty friendship and , affection. we are all equal, we are one team. and one people proudly saluting one great american flag. we believe in a safe and lawful system of immigration come up one that upholds our laws, our traditions and our most cherished values. unfortunately our immigration system has been badly broken for a very long time. many presidents and many lawmakers have come and gone. no real progress has been made on immigration. we are now living with the consequences that are tragic. bought about by decades that brought about by decades of -- brought about by decades of partisan gridlock and national neglect.
there is a humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border that requires urgent action. thousands of children are being exploited by ruthless coyotes
and vicious cartels and gangs. one in three women is sexually assaulted on the dangerous journey north. many loving mothers give their young daughters birth control pills for the long journey up to the united states. they know they may be raped or sexually accosted or assaulted. nearly 50 migrants a day are being referred for urgent medical care. vast quantities of lethal narcotics are flooding over our border and into our communities. drugs kill 78,000 americans a
year and cost our society and excess of $700 billion. heroin alone kills 300 americans per week, 90% of which comes across our southern border. we can stop heroin. illegal immigration reduces wages and strains public services. the lack of border control provides a gateway, a very wide and open gateway, for criminals and gang members to end of the united states come including the criminal aliens who murdered a brave californian police officer only a day after christmas. i've gotten to know and love
angel moms, dads and families who lost loved ones to people illegally in our country. i want this to end, it's got to end now. these are not talking points, these are the heartbreaking realities that are hurting innocent precious human beings every single day. on both sides of the border. as a candidate for president, i promised i would fix this crisis, and i intend to keep that promise one way or the other. our immigration system should be the subject of pride, not a source of shame as it is all over the world. our immigration system should be the envy of the world, not a symbol of dysfunction. the good news is all these big problems can be solved, but only if we have the political courage to do what is just, or what is right.
both sides must simply come together, listen to each other, put down their armor, build trust, reach across the aisle and find solutions. it's time to reclaim our future. from the extreme voices who fear compromise and demand open borders. which includes human trafficking and a lot of crime. and provide congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border. if we are successful in this effort we will then have the best chance in a very long time in bipartisan immigration reform. it will keep going until we do
it all. the proposal i will outline today is based, first and foremost, on input from our border agents and homeland security professionals, and professionals they are. it is a compassionate response to the ongoing tragedy. we have met with large numbers of democrat lawmakers to hear their ideas and suggestions by incorporating the priorities of rank-and-file democrats. we hope they will offer their enthusiastic support. i think many well. this is a commonsense compromise both parties should embrace. the radical left can never control our borders. they are the opposite of a moral because it will save many lives and stop drugs from pouring into
our country. our plan includes the following. $800 million in urgent humanitarian assistance. $805 million for drug detection technology to help secure our ports of entry. an additional 2750 board to -- border agents and law enforcement professionals. 75 new immigration judge tames -- judge teams to reduce the backlog of almost 900,000 cases. however, the whole concept of having lengthy trials for anyone
who sets even one foot in our country unlawfully must be
changed by congress. it is unsustainable, it is ridiculous. few places in the world would even consider such a possible nightmare. our plan includes critical measures to protect migrant children from exploitation and abuse. this includes a new system to allow central america minors to apply for asylum in their home countries and promote family reunification for unaccompanied children. thousands who wind up on their border doorstep. to physically secure our border the plan includes $5.7 billion for a strategic deployment of physical barriers. this was steel barriers and high
priority locations. much of the borders protected by natural -- by national barriers. we have 115 miles that we are currently building or under contract, it will be done quickly. our request will add another 230 miles this year in the area of -- areas that border agents most urgently need. if we build a powerful and fully designed steel barrier on our southern border, the crime rate and drug problem in our country would be quickly and greatly reduced. some say it could be cut in half. these criminals, jug smugglers, gangs and traffickers do not stop at our border. they permeate throughout our
country and they end up in some places where you least expect them. they go all over our country. a steel barrier will help us stop illegal immigration while safely directing congress to unlawful ports of entry. you many of the security ideas have been proposed by democrats themselves. all of them have been supported by democrats in the past come including a physical barrier wall or fence. furthermore, in order to build the trust and goodwill necessary and to begin real immigration reform, there are two more elements to my plan. number one is three years of legislative relief for 700,000 daca recipients brought here unlawfully by their parents at a young age.
social security numbers and protection from deportation. a temporary protective status or tps. this means 300 thousand immigrants whose protected status is facing expiration will now have three more years of certainty. which everybody wants, republicans and democrats. both easy and consistent. straightforward, fair, you reasonable and common sense with lots of compromise. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has pledged to bring this bill to a vote this week in the united states senate. our proposals not intended to solve our immigration challenges. -- straightforward, fair, reasonable and common sense with lots of compromise. senate majority leader mitch
mcconnell has pledged to bring this bill to a vote this week in the united states senate. our proposals not intended to solve our immigration challenges. it is a horrible crisis. it is a humanitarian crisis. it provides humanitarian relief. if we are successful in this effort, then we can start the border project of remaking our immigration system for the 21st century. once the government is open, they have made a down payment on border security, and immigration reform starts to happen, i plan to convene weekly bipartisan meetings at the white house so we can do a finished product, a great product. having to do with the elusive -- once the government is open, they have made a down payment on border security, and immigration reform starts to happen, i plan to convene weekly bipartisan
meetings at the white house so we can do a finished product, a great product. having to do with the elusive immigration problem. i will never forget that my first duty and ultimate loyalty is to you, the american people. any reforms we make to our immigration system will be designed to improve your lives, make your community safer, and make our nation were prosperous and secure for generations to come. thank you and god bless america.