President Trump Southern Border Humanitarian Assistance Bill Signing CSPAN July 1, 2019 11:18pm-11:42pm EDT
c-span networks, the brookings institution hosts a discussion on the murder of washington post journalists jamal khashoggi on c-span. later at 7:00 p.m., former congressman and presidential candidate beto o'rourke campaigns at a house party in ames, iowa. on c-span2 at 9:30 a.m., south bend indiana mayor and presidential candidate pete buttigeig speaks at the rainbow push coalition convention in chicago, illinois. and 11:30 p.m. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg peaks at an event in georgetown university. president trump signed a bill providing for $.6 billion in emergency money -- $4.6 billion in emergency money to provide humanitarian assistance for migrants at the border and for migrant children. the bill cleared congress last week. the present also took questions
doing this 20 minute event from the oval office. pres. trump: well, thank you very much everybody. we just finished a signing, a very important signing, of the taxpayer first bill, the irs taxpayer first, which is a tremendous thing for our citizens, having to do with the irs. it streamlines, and so many other changes made. so, that was just done and signed, and it's been made into law. pres. trump: so we're all set on that. and today, i'm signing a bill to deliver $4.6 billion in humanitarian assistance to our southern border.
this includes funding for medical care, shelters, and increased housing for minors through the department of health and human services. and secretary azar is here with us and with our vice president and with some of our great congressmen. pres. trump: we appreciate it. thank you very much. thank you. for many weeks, democrats were giving us a hard time. but i tell you, it became a bipartisan bill. we were very happy about it. and now, what we want to do is we have to do a bill for border security, and all of this will go away. i want to thank mexico because mexico is doing a lot right now. mexico border security hard time bipartisan bill positive this pres. trump: they have almost 20,000 soldiers between the two borders. they have 6,000 on their southern border by guatemala. and they have about 16,000 -- 15, 16,000 at our southern border. and the numbers are way down for the last week because this just took place over the last few days, over the last week. and it's way down, as you can imagine. but we have to do a bill on border security. and we can solve the problem
entirely at our border. the wall is being built. but unfortunately, we had a very bad case from the ninth circuit, as usual. a ninth circuit judge -- and i say that loud and clear -- it's very hard to win at the ninth circuit, if not impossible. he ruled against something that, in my opinion, was a terrible error. and it really affected the construction of part of our wall. and much of it is being built. most of it is being built. but it had an impact. these were contracts that were out. they were being built and now we're supposed to stop because a judge decided, in his own whim, that he wanted to stop it. so we appealed it, and we're asking for an expedited appeal. but again, much of the wall is being built. we had it all being built, and the ninth circuit, as usual, came through for the other side. and it's an incredible situation we have going. there's something wrong with this. where something like this can happen, it's not a good situation. anyway, we're asking congress to step forward on border security and help us with border
security. if we do that, it's going to be perfect because the mexicans event of the job. i want to thank the president of mexico. and they've done this over the last week and a half. it started at the other border, and now it's at our border and it's had a very big impact. you'll see the numbers come out. you probably have to wait three or four weeks, but you'll see there's a tremendous difference. and most importantly, we must eliminate all incentives for smuggling children and for smuggling women. they're smuggling women through borders and the borders that don't have the wall, or the borders where you can't physically have security because it's so many miles. you know, we have 2,000 miles of border. so they're smuggling in women and they're smuggling in children. and they're using the children, in particular, as pawns, who are getting other people into our country. because when you're with a child, even if the child is not yours -- which in itself is ridiculous -- then it's much easier to come across and come into our country because the
laws are very bad. our immigration laws are very bad. and right now, smugglers coach migrants to travel with minors and to send minors alone to gain easy entry into the united states. catch-and-release must stop. d.h.s. must have the authority to humanely return minors to be with their families in their home countries. it's, right now, a situation where nobody knows what they're doing because our laws are so bad and it can be changed in -- i always say 15 minutes; make it an hour. it's very simple. these changes are very simple. it's changes to the asylum. if we change asylum, we can have 75% of it done. the rest has to be done on the loopholes. vast migrations out of central america undermine the future of those countries. these countries now, they want their children back. they're actually wanting their children back. as you know, i stopped hundreds of millions of dollars from
going to guatemala, honduras, and el salvador because they haven't been doing what they should be doing. caravans have been forming, but now the caravans are being stopped by mexico. and again, we want to thank mexico, but the caravans that formed are being stopped by mexico, short of our southern border. and in many cases, before they even get out of guatemala. but i'm hearing that guatemala is starting to help us a lot. but we're not paying them all of the money. we used to pay them over $500 million a year. i stopped that money from going to them. some people think it should be the opposite, we should give them money. i don't think they were doing what they could do, and therefore i stopped it. and at some point, maybe if they do a great job -- and the job they're supposed to -- we can be talking. but right now, it's disgraceful what's happening. and congress and the democrats have to step forward to provide humane solutions to put child smugglers out of business. you have child smugglers by the hundreds -- and, actually, probably by the thousands -- and
they're becoming very rich because our laws are so bad. they have to restore the integrity of the united states' asylum system. without these changes, more than 1 million immigrants will arrive at the borders this year, many of them lodging frivolous asylum claims. and that's what they do to gain access into the country, they lodge claims on asylum. totally bogus claims. we apprehend these people. but because of catch-and-release, we have to apprehend them, take their names, sometimes bring them to court. sometimes they're criminals, oftentimes they have to be released. but they're all coming out of the country because that's what we do. after july 4th, a lot of people are going to be brought back out. so people that come up may be here for a short while, but they're going to be going -- they're going back to their countries. they go back home. i.c.e. is going to be apprehending them and bringing them back.
and we have a very big system for that, and it's been very effective, and it will be very effective. you may read -- that they came across. and because of the ridiculous laws of catch-and-release, which i call not a law, i call it a loophole. you release them, but they go back. they get caught. they come in illegally and they go out legally. very simple system. most border crossers never show up in court. they never come. about 3% show up. nobody even knows why they show up. but only 3% show up. but we are apprehending them, and we bring them out of the country. in some cases, they're criminals , and ideally, everyone them to use the other country's criminal justice system because we don't want to load up our prisoners -- our prisons any more than they're already loaded up. so that's it in a nutshell. it's $4.6 billion. it was bipartisan. it was done in a bipartisan manner.
we all got together. this is a humane solution to a tremendous problem that's caused because we have bad immigration laws, and we can solve that problem very, very quickly if we could get together with the democrats. the problem is the democrats actually like this system because it's open borders. now, we don't allow it to be open borders because we're apprehending and we're doing a great job. border patrol has been incredible. law enforcement has been incredible. and i.c.e. has been incredible. but it shouldn't be this way. it shouldn't be this way. we're the only ones in the world that have a system like this. it's absolutely insane, our system of immigration. and the reason they come up is because our economy is doing so well. i just got back, as you know, from japan and from south korea. met with many of the countries -- the g20. so you had the biggest countries. and it was incredible. everybody greeted me with congratulations on how well we're doing with our economy.
we have the number-one economy in the world. and a lot of that is tax cuts. a lot of it is regulation cuts. and thank you, kevin, and the group. i will tell you, it's -- patrick, thank you very much. and, mike, thank you very much. and everybody. because of the tax cuts, our economy is the hottest in the world. if we didn't have them -- we were -- companies were paying the highest tax rates in the world, just about. in many cases, the highest. and now we have them at the low level. not the lowest, but we have them at the low level, it 21%. and because of that, they're coming in. new companies are being formed. but we have many, many companies that left our country and they're now coming back. especially the automobile business. we have auto plants being built all over the country. we went decades and no plant was built. no plant was even expanded.
and in leaving japan, i was with prime minister abe and he was telling me that many more companies now are moving to the united states and building plants in michigan and ohio, and north carolina, south carolina, florida -- different states all over the country. and it's pretty amazing because we didn't have any. no expansions, and now we have a lot of expansion. so we are signing this now, and it's an honor to sign it. and if we could do border security along with it, or follow it up shortly, everybody would be extremely happy. [cameras shuttering] pres. trump: i want to thank secretary azar, who's doing an incredible job, considering that the decks are really stacked against him. the cards are not good, and yet the job your people are doing is incredible. you know, we're not in the hospital business. we're in the border security business at the border. and all of a sudden, we're forced to be in the hospital business. and again, they're coming up
because they want a piece of what's happening in this country. they want the economy. they want the jobs. they're not coming up, for the most part, for other reasons. they're coming up because they want the jobs. and we want them, but we want them to come in legally through a process. and we want them to come in based on merit. the merit is very important. there you have your bill. thank you very much, everybody. >> [indiscernible] >> no, no message to iran. they know what they are doing. they know what they are playing with. they are. playing iran whatsoever. >> [indiscernible] >> in hong kong, i hope it gets solved. i was with president xi of china. we were talking about doing something. we talked about it briefly but
it is very sad. >> [indiscernible] >> we are looking at that. a census -- nobody can believe this -- they spent billions of dollars and you are not allowed to ask, knock on doors of houses, you are not allowed to ask whether or not somebody is a citizen -- you can ask other things but not if they are citizen. we are looking at that. >> [indiscernible] i think it is very important to find out if somebody is a citizen as opposed to an illegal. there's a big difference to me between being a citizen of the united states and being illegal.
the democrats want to treat the illegals with health care and with other things better than they treat the citizens of our country. if you look at a coal miner that has black lung disease you are talking about people they get treated better than the coalminer. these people got sick working for the united states and we treat these people -- you look at what they are doing in california how they are treating people, they don't treat their people as well as they treat illegal immigrants. it's crazy, what they're doing. and it is mean and it is unfair to our citizens. it, but weg to stop may need an election to stop it and we may need to get back to the house. when will around of trade talk to try to begin? >> they have already begun. it has essentially already begun. >> do you know -- >> if we don't make a great
deal, it has to be better for us that for them because they had such a big advantage for so many years. you can't make a 50-50 deal when someone has been -- i have been talking about this for years. we had a surplus, they did on us. $507 billion. they spent hundreds of billions of dollars for years and obviously we can't make a 50-50 deal. it's a home that is somewhat tilted to our advantage and we are taking in a fortune from tariffs and unfortunately many of their companies are leaving and going to a nontariff state so they don't have to pay. youother misconception -- read an article today about it -- those people are paying for those tariffs. china is paying for them and those companies are paying for them. china devalued their currency very substantially and they also
put a lot of money into their economy. they are pouring money into their economy. you don't have increased inflation but i will tell you what is happening, our treasury is taking in billions and billions of dollars of money that normally would be for china. we will see what happens. we hope we can make a deal but it has to be a fair deal. we had a deal as far as i was concerned and at the last moment to sign a -- china decided they didn't like it. i said you will pay 25% tariffs on $250 billion. >> did president xi said he would move on those issues? >> if he doesn't move that is ok too. i think we have a good chance of making the deal. they want to make the deal because they are losing many companies because they don't want to pay the tariffs. and are moving to vietnam,
some are moving back to the united states where they belong. >> [indiscernible] now they are because i think the president is doing a great job. you put 60,000 people in this weekend, they are doing a great job, 6000 people at the border with guatemala. it has been way down. you will start to see the numbers -- >> [indiscernible] >> that's true. they are doing a good job and we are very happy with the job they are doing. the point is they are doing a very good job and he's smart to do it. of soldierske a lot but that's a fraction of what tariffs are across mexico. and he is doing a great job for mexico.
the mexican people were very upset with these tens of thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of people, walking through mexico. the people of mexico are just as happy as i am with what they are doing. >> [indiscernible] >> i don't know what they are saying about members of congress. i know the border patrol is not happy with the democrats -- the republicans want border security. borders, want open open borders means tremendous crime. if you look at the report they came out with, 600 people in the last caravan were serious criminals. i don't want them in our country. the border patrol are patriots, they love our country, they know what's coming in and you know who knows it better than anybody? hispanics. hispanics love what i'm doing. they don't want to lose their
jobs, they don't want to take a pay cut, and most importantly they don't want crime. the people that understand the border the best are hispanics, they understand it better than anybody, and they don't want to have to suffer crime and take a pay cut or lose their jobs. that is why my poll numbers went way up with hispanics because they really understand the border. >> [indiscernible] we are going to have a great forte for july in washington, it will be like no other, i hope a lot of people, and it will be i am this country and going to be here and will say a few words and we will have planes going over in the best fighter jets in the world. tanks going to have stationed outside, the roads have the tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks so we have to put them in certain areas.
we have the brand-new tanks and we have some incredible military equipment, brand-new, and we are very proud of it. we are making a lot of new tanks. people wanted to close down until i got elected and i stopped it from being closed down and now it's a productive facility and it's the greatest tank in the world. >> [indiscernible] >> i think so. i think i have reached most americans. crime,ericans want no want a strong military and good education, they want good health care. if you look at pre-existing conditions the republicans are going to save pre-existing conditions and democrats won't be able to do it. their plan will destroy the country and it will be horrible health care. everybody's taxes are going to
95%. and that's not enough. if they did what they want to do the taxes go to 95% and that isn't nearly enough. thank you very much, everybody. >> [indiscernible] >> well, they are looking for democracy, and i think most people want democracy. unfortunately, some governments don't want democracy, but that is what it's all about. best examplee the of it right here. thank you very much. announcer: president trump will speak at the fourth of july
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