President Trump Meets with Hispanic Pastors CSPAN January 26, 2019 6:45am-7:00am EST
this is in no way a concession. it was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the shutdown. with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it is off to the races. following his speech announcing a deal to end a deal to end the partial government shutdown, president trump met with a group of hispanic pastors in the roosevelt room of the white house. this is about 15 minutes. president trump: can you come over here. there is a lot of room over here. bring that camera over here. there is room.
thank you very much. we have some of the most respected and powerful -- they have tremendous pastors ands -- of ministers in this country. they have been talking to me for a long period of time. we are at 19%, i saw that, with the hispanic population. part of it is the jobs. we are doing record-setting jobs right now. part of it is what we talk about, the wall and security. these are tremendous people, many have been my friends for a long period of time. i thought we would go around the table and say a few words. that would be great. >> mr. president, thank you for having us here today. i have a letter to present to you from 150 hispanic evangelical leaders, simply saying an expression of gratitude for your good faith efforts to work with democrats and try to get everyone to the table to get things moving
again. you have done a very good job in being the leader we need you to be and extending a hand to come to the table. we want to say thank you for doing that. we want to say thank you for doing everything you can to get aid in a humanitarian way for this crisis where it is needed most, securing our borders and providing for law enforcement and border patrol everything they need, all the tools and resources that are needed. one thing you have not done, mr. president, is manufacture a humanitarian crisis. it is real, and although many people began to declare repeatedly this is a manufactured crisis, being a pastor from texas, i can tell you the human suffering that has been going on for many decades
has hit a fever pitch, and i am grateful you have shown leadership to call it out and do something about it. thank you. president trump: thank you very much. >> mr. president, i am norma from the international church. i am a pastor, not only in the large community, but in the latino community. a week ago, i heard a briefing where you were talking about the border security and the humanitarian crisis. as i listened to you share that, i pulled over to the side and started praying. and i was like -- do the american people hear the statistics the president is saying? do the american people know what our reality is? in that moment, i felt like i had a truth encounter and i started praying to let america have this truth encounter. i am an immigrant from mexico and daughter of an immigrant from mexico. i want you to know you have not only my support, but the support
of our community. yes, there are things we need to resolve. i feel like you are doing an amazing job resolving not only the need for security, this crisis that has been going on for many years with the security of our nation and immigration issues that have been going on for so many years. i want you to know you have our support. president trump: we will get it done. >> absolutely. >> i am from seeing jesus ministry in miami. we are here to support you, mr. president. there are misconceptions in the public thinking that the spanish community is for illegal immigration. there is a misconception also that we want open borders, and dealing with people every single day, i see that our community
supports what you are doing. we don't want open borders. i have been to 70 countries preaching the gospel, and every country has laws. america has been so gracious, opened the doors for every person that comes. that misconception that spanish people want open borders, that want no laws, that is not true. what you are doing is great. we are here to support you. the lowest unemployment for spanish people, 4%, that's impressive. president trump: that is in history. >> and that is what you have seen increased in your support, support of spanish people to you. we greatly appreciate it. we pray for you and we want you to know you come with our support. president trump: i appreciate it. thank you. >> president trump, thank you for what you are doing from america. i am from the international church of las vegas. i support totally what you are
doing for america, for turning -- concerning the crisis at the border. i am involved in human trafficking and gang violence in las vegas. we know there is a crisis. we support all that you are doing. president trump: the gangs come from south of the border? all of them? >> most of them that come to las vegas are trying to work something out and can't get it going, so they start to join the gangs. we work alongside the police department. we have churches connected to the police department in different areas of the city. when there is crime or violence, we go out with them. we hit the ground with the police department and restore order into areas. president trump: great job you do, fantastic job. >> i am the first lady president of the hispanic pastors association in south florida. i want to tell you that we pray
for you, we are behind you, we want safe borders and we are willing to stick with you for immigration reform. let's work together. president trump: thank you. this is fantastic. vice president pence: it is an honor to welcome these wonderful hispanic pastors here. we are grateful for your history. we are grateful for your prayers and support you have shown to the president. record unemployment for hispanic americans, african-americans across the country. the leadership you have expressed support for means a great deal to all of us. thank you all. president trump: a big part of it is the economy is so strong. people are rushing our borders. >> you are commander in chief, and part of these issues is safety of our country. the country changed after 9/11 and we are dealing with issues
we perhaps did not have to deal with in the past. i want to specific way -- i want to specifically say as a woman and a pastor, i deal with the victims of human trafficking, which is at an all-time high. in a strong america when it comes to defending women and children, and even some men are trafficked as well, the horrific death and violence of thousands of people across our border is something no one has addressed. i am very grateful for this. i am grateful we are here at the table and that we have this dialogue and that you are open to it. i thank you for that. i know you have compassion for women, for children, for families. for that i am very grateful. i am hopeful for the future, mr. president. president trump: secretary nielsen? secretary nielsen: i thank you all for your leadership in taking such good care of your
communities and working with the department of homeland security. we have continued to learn from you and understand what is happening within our communities so we can make them safer under the president's leadership. thank you for being here. it is very important. thank you. president trump: she's got a very easy job. >> [laughter] president trump: reverend? >> thank you, mr. president. i am pastor in waco, texas, hispanic community. where i'm at, we suffer. we see what the people go through. we are not for open borders, we are for secure borders. we know that it will bring resolution to a lot of things that people go through. president trump: thank you. >> thank you very much. i am a pastor of the latino
coalition for israel. we are really amazed by your leadership. what president trump promises, president trump delivered, from the moving of the embassy to jerusalem, the appointment of the incredible supreme court justices and now what you are doing with border security. as hispanics, you can see that we do want strong border security that you stand for. from the time we have had the honor to meet you, i know you have a compassion for the hispanic people. it is true from your heart all of the times we have been able to be with you, and as evidenced by the historic unemployment rate, as evidenced by your willingness to help with daca, and tps relief -- we are with you, we are praying for you. it is an honor to be with you. president trump: thank you very much. >> mr. president, my task is to bring leadership to the nation, as we have worked with every organization sitting here today in leadership with the
hispanics. one of the things i see today is there is a great misconception. media gives a major misconception of the hispanic community and the support we have for you. i can emphatically say your values are in line with the hispanic community. what you've seen in the polls is they have seen no matter what the media says, your actions speak and align to their hearts desires. they have it all wrong. they are making my task more interesting. the message is getting to our hispanic communities, to truck drivers in los angeles -- you have hispanics who are truly supporting. this reality we have had back to the president in mexico dealing with human trafficking is apalling. the catastrophe is, we were telling him, we were never able to achieve what you have brought to the table. for that, the hispanic community in america says thank you. president trump: we have made a
lot of progress. when given the right ingredients, we need that, we need technology. you will see numbers that are even better. we have done a lot of great work. the numbers will get even better when we have the right things, including technology. if we do not have the wall and a powerful barrier, it is all a waste of time. it cannot work. we won't get it. thank you all very much. thank you very much. [reporters shouting questions] thank you very much. reporter: [indiscernible] president trump: we have a good chance. we will work with the democrats and see. if we cannot do that, obviously, we will do an emergency. that is what it is. it is a national emergency. these are hispanic pastors and reverends and ministers and they
understand better than anybody it is an emergency. it is a humanitarian emergency. we are going to take care of the border. it will be done. crime will go down throughout our whole country, not just the border. it is what comes into the border and permeates throughout the country. we will see drugs drop way down. we will see drugs way down because a big percentage comes from the border. you will see crime go down. i really appreciate you being here. thank you all. >> [indiscernible] >> thanks, everybody. thank you all. next, live, your calls and comments on "washington journal
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