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"outnumbered overtime." join me at 4:00 p.m. on fox business. i'll melissa francis. ed henry is in for dana on "the daily briefing" which starts now. >> ed: this is a fox news alert. ted cruz and john cornyn are expected to host a news conference any minute now. i'm ed henry for dana perino, this is "the daily briefing." also on tap, we're going live to the white house where president trump will speak with citizens of violent crimes coming at the hands of illegal immigrants. steve harrigan is live in texas. steve, sounds like some vips to get a handle on what's really happening there on the ground. >> that's right, ed. a big media crowd here waiting the two texas senators.
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ted cruz and john cornyn. they toured a detention center doing what many politicians doing across the country. trying to get a first hand look at what exactly is going on with this problem, which has gotten the nation's full attention. we expect them to make their remarks. their visit to the rio grande valley comes on the heels of melania trump visiting a shelter. some of the children were apprehended on their own, others forcibly separated from their parents. she offered any help she could to reunite the children with their parents. >> ed: what is the progress in terms of reunited separated children with their parents? that was one of the goals hoff this executive order. where are we on that? >> that's the key issue. administration officials saying already 500 of an estimated 2,300 separated children have already been reunited.
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we're seeing more movement on behalf of nonprofit organizations as well as law firms. the government intended to try to set up a regional center to set up the reunicase efforts that have been plagued by problems. we saw one hopeful sign last night. a reunification in baltimore of a woman from guatemala that was separated from her 7-year-old son a month ago, reunited before her lawsuit went into effect suing the u.s. government for forcible separation. ed, back to you. >> thanks, ed. we'll get back to you as they go to the press conference live. president trump calling for a gop time-out until after the mid-term elections. this coming after house republicans rejected a conservative bill and delayed a vote an compromise measure until next week. the president said republicans should stop wasting their time after we elect more senators and
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congressmen and women in november. dems are just playing games and doing nothing to solve this decades old problem. we can pass great legislation after the red wave. joining me now, chris stirewalt. good to see you. >> how did, ed. >> ed: the flip side, if you don't elect more republicans in the house and senate, you'll have a harder time to pass immigration reform. >> well, is it any wonder people hate this town? is it any wonder that americans despair of washington? can you imagine anything more naked and more brazen saying we were going to try to pass something but let's wait till after the election and then we promise we'll get it done. sounds a lot like what republicans did with obamacare only to come back in after and say okay, we finally ran the table.
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okay. pass it. no, we can't. the truth as this one, remains on obamacare, the division among republicans is more consequential at the outset. yes, the democrats and republicans are miles apart. unless and until they can come together, pass something out of the house and get the bulk of the overwhelming majority of the republican conference in the senate, none of this matters. >> chris, the president is talking in the tweet about a so-called red wave to counter the blue wave. you think barack obama elected, promised to get immigration reform done by his first year in office. he had power, democrats across the board. this president has republicans with a clear majority now, obviously more complicated in the senate. he doesn't have 60 votes there. don't republicans risk sort of deflating their base heading into the mid-terms if you compare it to frustration of obamacare if you have conservative voters saying you
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can't get this passed? it's going to be a pickle. >> no matter what, it's possible that the republicans -- republicans might expand their majority in the senate. it's possible. rough sledding but they can get there. it can be easier in the senate than it is right now. but no one, not even republican strategists would expect their majority will be anything but smaller in the house. the best case for republicans is that they survive, keep the majority. but with fewer than the 23-seat margin. so you tell me. is it easier or harder to pass legislation with a smaller republican majority if they can't do it now? >> ed: we have big primaries tuesday. before we get to that, there's this pew poll out. you remember it's been i hate congress, but i like my congressman or congresswoman. these polls say wait a second. this month 73% when asked who controls congress, is that a factor? 73% say yes it is. republicans 70% say yes, it is.
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back in 2014, it was 62% for each party. meaning who will be in power after this matters. not that you like the man or woman representing their direct. how does that play out on impeachment? the president wants people talking about that. might motivate republican vote voters saying you have to keep republicans in power or he might be impeached. how does it play out on immigration? >> like everything else, it's a national issue. long ago, tip o'neal said all politics are local. that's not the case now. when we see this intensifying attention to the mid-terms, once upon time they weren't that big of a deal but everything is a 11 now. the intense focus that you see in that poll for these mid-terms and whether -- will the republicans keep control or the democrats be in control of the house, the fact that is superseding to a great degree who my representative is.
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it's not who my representative is, it's which party wins the election. that tells us about the changing nature of politics and that not politics are local. they're national now. >> ed: so what is on the radar for tuesday? new york, maryland, utah, colorado. any races in the house or senate next week that are primary battles that viewers should pay attention to? >> a couple things, staten island. as would befit one of the roughest, toughest districts in the country. you have a remarkable race where the president has endorsed donovan. you had grimm that had to leigh office after pleading guilty to a felony and being a rough and tumble character. he's trying to take his seat back. the other one, in south carolina. henry mcmaster should win. he's serving as governor.
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he has the president's backing. how decisive that win will tell us about how deep trump's control is in south carolina. that's an important fire wall for him in 2020. >> ed: absolutely. that may be why mike pence will be in south carolina this weekend. talk about his role in the mid-terms. >> he's doing the traditional role of vice presidents, rally the base. in this case, he and the president take that in two different pieces. the president's job is to go to minnesota where you have people that are traditional democrat but are trump voters. pence's job is to talk to traditional republicans, the usual republican coalition and saying we're getting the things done that you want, even if you have discomfort with the way the president does it, we're achieving policy ames and this is a conservative administration. >> ed: thanks, chris. have a good weekend. american military pilots reportedly target by lasers over
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>> the biggest error that we make is the lose the damn war because we refused to recognize who the emmy is. for god's say, why do we have to talk about that? the morning is over. the shiver is done. if you're a conservative, you
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should be optimistic. i think it will snow in hell before the doj goes after her. >> ed: clearly he didn't mince words. we're mourning our friends, charles krauthammer. he died from cancer at the age of 68. the legacy he leaves behind, immeasurable. former president george w. bush said that charles words have strengthens our democracy. his work was far-reaching and influential. his ideas and values will always be a part of our country. indeed. joining us now, co-host of "the five", dana perino. what are your thoughts now that we have had time to look at this monumental loss? >> it's amazing -- i probably should have known that the outpouring would be as big as it is. i had that instinct years ago when i had an idea of him doing a collection of his columns.
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probably because i spent most of my career reading from him and learning from him. but i am also, aside from the intellectual prowess that he had and this ability to clearly argue his case and to do it with grace and decency and integrity is how many personal connections he made with people. a couple things i didn't know, how he took time to reach out to veterans from coming back from the iraq an afghanistan wars who had been debilitated, disabled. he would reach out to them and explain how he approached his life after his accident at age 22 and to try to give them some comfort. really system to almost be 25 people in one because he got so much done and touched so many hearts. >> ed: he certainly did. i know something in that book that you mentioned "things that
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matter." a particular question that he wrote, american that is in decline cannot be answered. yes or no? there is no yes or no. for america today, decline is not a condition. decline is a choice. two decades in the unipolar world after the fall of the soviet union, america can advocate or retain its dominance. >> i love that column. it defined where we're going from here. decline and choice, crystallized what is in front of us. decline is not something that we want as a country. he then goes on to say that it is in our hands. the other thing i would say, that column informed me -- and the good news is, i have a
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chapter and civility, lost and found. one of the things i wrote is that civility is a choice. i really think that i got that from that construct and how you conduct yourself, how we go about talking about politics, opining, having the debates we're having, how can we conduct ourselves in a way that is persuasive and not vitriolic. charles could win almost any argument. he never did it in anger. he was always so kind. i really feel the loss. >> ed: i can hear it in your voice. the last point you made, you talked about class and dignity. washington is a town with a lot of important people and people that think they're important. you worked in the white house. you can understand the idea of getting a big head and trying to stay humble. i mentioned earlier today, jody curtis is one of our producers
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in washington. she worked behind the scenes and makes us look good. we have hundreds of producers like that. i mentioned her because she was on facebook talking about how she was nervous at first to talk to, to debate the great charles krauthammer, this pulitzer prize winner but he treated her -- they both like baseball. he treated her like respect every day. he had to sort of move his wheelchair passed his desk to get to bret baier's studio. they both loved the nationals. they would talk about who is in the line-up at 4:30 before bret's show. i make that point because jody made the point that resonated with our colleagues, didn't matter if you were the president, president bush talking about his legacy or a producer at fox or you were somebody down at the security desk. he treated everybody with that dignity and respect. >> and he was so curious and interested in everybody. plus, as you know, he was a
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clinical psychiatrist, but he said he was in remission. when he had a moment with you, he could ask you the most penetrating question that would get to the nub of what was going on in your life. whether it was mentoring advice, career advice, relationship advice or helping something like me when my dog, henry died. he took some time to say to me, you know, we do this because dogs make us better even though we know they're not going to live as long as we do. he was wonderful, ed. it was a privilege of a lifetime to get a chance to read his columns. but to know that he love and respected us back is immeasurable. >> ed: we're better for his legacy and his writings, his friendship and we're better today for your insights and memories. they're warm and really help all of us get through a difficult time at fox and all the people that charles touched. dana, i appreciate you on a day
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off talking some time to reach out. >> i have to say, ed, i don't think there would be a bridaily briefing show without charles. >> ed: thank you. tune in to the one-hour special tonight, charles krauthammer, his words, 9:00 p.m. eastern on the fox news channel. a lot of big news today. the u.s.s. gerald ford may be the most technologically advanced aircraft carrier in the world, but are the chinese working on one that will match it? the president breaking with his defense secretary to call for the military to create a space force. up next, general jack keane has details live.
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>> a pennsylvania district attorney now saying a black teenager shot and killed by an east pittsburgh police officer had an empty gun clip in his pocket. the death of the 17-year-old the second sparking protests throughout the city. rose was riding in a car that police pulled over for possible involvement in an earlier shooting. the teen was shot while running from police. the officer that shot rose had been sworn in hours before the incident. new reports that commercial grade lasers have targeted u.s. military pilots more than 20 times in recent months. u.s. officials saying they believe the chinese are behind the incident. all of which have been in the air of the east china sea.
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joined by jack keane, a retired four-star general. good afternoon, sir. >> good afternoon. >> ed: so what you think about china being behind this? >> i don't think there's any doubt. china has been running a campaign for five to six years in the western pacific at large designed to drive down the loyalty of our allies and out of the region. they want to dominate the western pacific. they recent the fact that since world war ii the united states has commanded the pacific. china has one ally in the region. north korea. >> and given the north korea talks then, what do we make of this when we think china may be helpful to the north korea peace talks and yet they're involved in this, they're involved in the incident that diplomats in china have been targeted? >> they want to dominate the
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endo pacific region. they use economic warfare aggression to achieve those ends. president xi is on record for saying this. the united states is a declining power, china is a rising power. somewhere between 2030, china will replace the united states as the preeminent global power in the world. that's where they're headed. they're building a navy to do that and increasing the capacity for armed forces in general. >> so how does the economic warfare that president trump seems to be waging with tariffs and the idea that china will dominate the united states, how will that play? >> it definitely plays in. this is the first president taking them own. we've been wrong for two decades about china. when they moved to a market society, we encouraged that, participated.
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the thought would be more that they got in capitolism, political reform would follow. wrong answer. now we know they're clamping undo. >> president for life. >> yeah. more representation and more control to be sure and much further away than what we thought would be a democracy. >> ed: shifting gears. the president is talking in minnesota about domestic issues, the economy, immigration. he threw out what seemed like a throw-away line about this space force that he's been talking about. i watched the rally that night. people started crying, space force! the people are demanding it. but the "wall street journal" just broke a story saying defense secretary mattis and others are weary of this. >> what is the issue? the reason why people are wanting the space force, there's a good be reason behind it. space is not getting the emphasis that it should when the services are putting together
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their budgets. it takes a back seat. what is happening? i can tell you this. can't get into the numbers because that's classified, but in general, by 2030, china will have three times as many satellites in space than the united states has. that is a absolute flip from where we used to dominate space. so those that are pushing space force recognize the fact that the united states is losing its dominance in space, we have the resources to make that happen, but it's the decisions in support of space are not happening to the degree that many think they should have. >> ed: so seems like the air force is concerned about their tough and who is doing well. how would it compare to the air force? >> what they think is, they would build a space force that would have the air force secretary overseeing it with her or her staff much like the united states navy secretary oversees the marine corps and the united states navy. that's the thought about it. ed, my own gut about this, we
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have to take a look at it. every time we throw an organizational change at something, like the big bureaucracies in the pentagon, doesn't mean you get a better answer. >> ed: you're talking about a lot of money. >> yeah. it will have a huge overhead. we have to take a look at it. the department is capable of looking at it and giving the president straight answers. >> ed: thanks, general keene. the president speaking live on immigration at the white house at any moment now. we'll bring that when it starts. plus -- protesters trying to shout down marco rubio after he got a look in the facilities where the government is housing children. we'll have a live report from florida next. in new max protein ...to give you the protein you need with less of the sugar you don't. i'll take that. [cheers] 30 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar.
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>> ed: welcome back. we're awaiting president trump. he's set to speak shortly on immigration. the president meeting with angel families. we understand there's some family members in that audience that have photos of their relatives that have perished and this is very emotional issue. this coming at the department of health and human services is allowing a first look inside one of the facilities housing children. phil keating was on the tour. good to see you, phil. what did you get to see?
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we heard so many accusations, allegations. you're bringing facts to the table. >> and that's why we went in there, ed, this is a direct response to a week's worth of heavy criticism but elected politicians and media. we had our own opportunity to get inside and not just receive hand-out video. the vast majority of the kids inside today, 1,200 of them, all teenagers, boys and girls, 13-17. the vast majority of them came in illegally without their parents. about 70 of the kids are resent arrivals that came with moms and dads and now they're separated from them while their parents are in other detention facilities. health and human services provided a group of 20 media representatives a one-hour tour inside. we part of the highly structured daily life. playing soccer and basketball. we were not allowed to bring cameras inside, nor were we
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allowed to talk to the kids. those were the rules. according to the federal office of refugee resettlement, the 1,200 teens come primarily from el salvador and honduras, much like the situation along the boarder and cross in from texas, arizona or california. two nights against, hhs released this video of what it's like inside. from what we saw, this is what we saw. that's how it was. clean classrooms where the kids have six hours of academics each day. we saw the cafeteria where breakfast was still out. scrambled eggs, fruit, hash browns a biscuit. three square meals. segregated reams. there's 12 kids to each room. the goal is to provide a safe and temporary environment to local family to put the kids
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before they enter immigration proceedings. moments ago, senator marco rubio that did get inside unlike senator nelson, he told us he supports keeping the families that cross the border illegally together, but he says to do so, because of the numbers, is going to require more capacity and money. >> it's my exception that we have a place operating under challenging circumstances. obviously we need to ensure that irrespective of how someone came here, what legal status they're under, we're the united states of america and we should have the highest standards possible in terms of holding people. and then on the -- [speaking spanish] >> as you can hear, there were a handful of hecklers heckling
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rubio. the senator says that he does support keeping them together but he is skeptical of that right now due to the numbers crossing in that we can do that. back to you, ed. . >> ed: phil keating, thanks very much. as we wait for the president's remarks on immigration, i'm joined by a.b. stoddard from real clear politics. good to see you. >> thanks for having me, ed. >> ed: there's mixed signals from the president when he demands that congress does something on immigration. then he says never mind. we'll wait to the mid-terms. what about the frustration of the president that congress can't get off the dime? he have republicans running the house. the senate is more complicated. but a.b., he's been pushing and pushing. barack obama was pushing before that and they're not getting anything done. >> right. the truth is, he can tweet about
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how much republicans need to elect more members to have more votes but they have the votes. they're in the majority. the division is within their own ranks. the people that are running in districts like jeff dunham in california or districts that trump won by two and maybe his numbers are abysmal, those are seats that the republicans need to hold. those are the districts that the freedom caucus bill or the goodlatte bill don't fly. so there has to be something to do to address the dreamers or separating kids from families that would pass is house and pass the senate. it's not what the president wants. so you have divisions in the republican party that will affect the mid-terms.
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it's interesting. what the voters say all you ever did was the tax bill. you can't get anything done. >> ed: but meanwhile, you're right, the president campaigned and won on the idea that he will crack down on illegal immigration. he's doing stuff on an executive basis. but there's going to be people saying wait a second, republicans in congress. you have power and you didn't pass anything. >> that's the problem, ed. it's republicans running for re-election. trump is not on the ballot. when he goes into a meeting and he says i have your back, let's do this and then he says don't do it. it's a waste of your time, it doesn't help them get voters in car to defend their majority. trump voters will have trump. it's a question whether they turn out for republicans. >> ed: and we see movement there at the white house as if the president will be out. i want to apologize. we're going there live.
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but i'd be remiss if i didn't ask you about the life and legacy of charles krauthammer. you wrote a beautiful piece. i recommend it to anyone that hasn't red it yet. yours is at the top. the unconfined life of charles krauthammer. it is based on a conversation you had with him about what he thinks life is about. >> yeah. charles told me once that he believes that life is an accident and we have to adjust whatever the twists and turns are, good and bad. that is really a statement coming from someone that suffered paralysis and became a quadriplegic. he finished medical school in traction on his back with his studies projected on the screen. graduated at the top of his class on time. and he told bret baier, it was an hour of bret interviewing charles, all about his life. his story is an amazing story of
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a human life. not only his great written work and commentary, but i want everyone to learn about charles the human. >> ed: thanks, a.b. it's 9:00 p.m. eastern. you can hear the clapping, the applause. the president is there greeting the angel families. they have relatives that have been injured or killed by illegals, this is something the president has been highlighted before and something he will continue to highlight because it plays to what he wants to talk about, which is cracking down on illegal immigration. >> i didn't mind giving you a second hello. we've been friends a long time. from the beginning of the campaign. this is -- these are special people. please sit down. vice president pence, thanks for joining us. i also want to recognize acting direct
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director holman, he's leaving us. he's a star. he's retiring. where is tom? around here someplace? stand up, tom. [applause] tom has been doing what he's doing for 34 years and doing it with strength and dedication. you're really outstanding. year highly recommended. replacement will do a good job. we know him well. thank you for your years of service. i also want to thank the incredible ice officers, border patrol agents and law enforcement officials that join us here today. if you could stand up, please. these people are all so special people. [applause]
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and they're good looking people, aren't they? good looking people. thank you very much for being here. the bravery, what you and what you endure is incredible. i also want to stand and have the brave men and women from all over government agencies. we have a lot. just maybe just raise your hand our stand. we appreciate the job you've done, especially the last 1 1/2 years. you've really put in a lot of extra. please, thank you very much. [applause] we're gathered today to hear from the american victims of illegal immigration. you know, you hear the other side. you never hear this side. you don't know what's going on. these are the american citizens permanently separated from their loved ones. the world "permanently" being
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the word that you have to think about. permanently. they're not separated a day, two days. permanently. they were killed by illegal aliens. these are the families that the media ignores. they don't talk about him. very unfair. we have to look at everybody, this is a very unfair situation. i knew that years ago when we would be together out campaigning. and i said if this ever happens, we're never forgetting you. you know that, laura, everybody. incredible people. they're dedicated. these are the stories that democrats and people that are weak on immigration, they don't want to discuss, they don't want to hear, they don't want to see or talk about. no mat you're networks and cameras to their homes. or display the images of their incredible loved ones across the nightly news.
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they don't do that. they don't talk about the death and destruction caused by people that shouldn't be here. people that will continuously get into trouble and do bad things. for years their plight was met with indifference. no more. i told them three years ago when we were together, day one, just about day one i would say, i said i hear you, i see you and i will never let you down. we've been working together and their loved ones have not died in vain. we know that. we call them the angel families. angel moms, angel pops. these are the angel families. your loss will not have been in vain. we will secure our borders and make sure that they're properly taken care of eventually. the word will get out. we have to have a safe country.
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we're going to have a safe country. and your loved ones are going to be playing and will continue to play a big part in it. you know that, right? so here just a few statistics on the human toll of illegal immigration. according to a 2011 government report, the arrests attached to the criminal alien population included an estimated 25,000 people for homicide. 42,000 for robbery. nearly 70,000 for sex offenses and nearly 15,000 for kidnapping. if texas alone, more than a quarter criminal aliens have been arrested and charged with 600,000 criminal offenses. you don't hear that. i hear that oh, no, this population is safer than the people that live in the country. you've heard that, fellows, right? i hear so much.
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i say is that possible? the answer is not true. you hear like they're better people than what we have, our citizens. it's not true. in 2016, more than 15,000 americans died from a heroin overdose. more than 90% of the heroin comes from across the southern border. 90%. as a result of sanctuary city policies and fiscal 2017, more than 8,000 criminal aliens -- these are hard-core criminal aliens -- were in police custody and were released because of our weak laws. weakest in the world. weakest in the history of the world. they were released back into our civilian population. these gentlemen had to do some of the releasing. you weren't too happy.
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you knew it was trouble. it often comes back to be trouble. where is the media outrage over the catch and release policies that allowed deadly drugs to pour in. where is the condemnation of the sanctuary cities that release violent criminals into our communities and then protect them? like the mayor of san diego that we warned everybody that ice was coming and they scattered. a big operation. expensive operation. they were all together. they all scattered. what are they going to do about looking at her, by the way? i've been asking this question now for four weeks. she can do that? where is the outcry over the savage gang ms-13 and its blood thirsty creed, kill, rape and control? because the news media has overlooked their stories.
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i want the american people to hear directly from these families about the pain they've had to endure losing. not only their loved ones but great people. great americans. people that would have been very successful. people that in some cases could have been here one day. could have been here. i know the way you feel. could have been here, standing here. first i'd like to ask a friend of mine for now a long time, laura wilkerson from pearland, texas to come share her story about her incredible right? >> yeah. >> come on, laura. say a few words. >> we want to tell you today about josh. he was brutally tortured, strangled over and over. he was set on fire after death. his last hours were brutal. as everyone standing up here, none of our kids had a minute to
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say good-bye. we weren't lucky enough to be separated for five days, ten days. separated permanently. any time we want to see our kids, we go to the cemetery. we can't speak to them, skype with them. i want to thank you nor what you're doing. you know the permanent separation. it's if the -- the media that won't share it with anybody. it's permanent. i'll see him in heaven but i want to thank you mr. trump and vice president pence for keeping their commitment to us. it's been ongoing, continues on. please, understand there's so many more of us than what you see here that have the same story over and over. drunk driving killed. over and over. they don't prosecute or let go. low bond. out in 30 days. it's sad for our country and time to take it back. i want to thank each of you in law enforcement. you know it, you love it, you
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want to do your jobs. thankfully we have a president to allow you to do it now. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you, laura. next i'd like to ask juan pena from greenfield, california to speak. juan, thank you. >> my name is juan pena. first of all, i want to thank the remembrance project for bringing my daughter's name out to light and for candidate trump to let me speak about her. i've got a lot of people that i need to thank. my daughter was chrissy pena. back in 1990, she was kidnapped, strangled, stabbed, raped and sodomized. her body was found in an artichoke field. i've been fighting for 28 1/2
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years. he's been fighting -- he was lose. he's been fighting extradition. on may 3, god answered my prayers. mexico finally turned him loose to us. he's in the monterey county jail and now we can start the procedures. i want to thank everybody involved in getting him over here. the sheriff department, monterey county, for the investigator, the sheriff told her don't give up on this. stay up on it. she pinky swore she would get him. she did. i want to thank the president and everybody. i just hope everybody can get what i just got. i'm out here speaking for the
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thousands of victims that we have here in the united states. i want to thank you all. thank you. [applause] >> so juan fought for many years. it's hard to believe. that's actually a great feeling. >> yes, it is. >> an incredible job. also here with us today is steve ronnabek from mesa, arizona. steve, if you could come up and share a few words, please. >> thank you, mr. president. january 22, 2015, grant was at work on his overnight shift. an illegal alien came in. wanted to buy cigarettes. dumbed a jar of change out.
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grant started counting but wasn't counting fast enough. basically he pulled a gun. grant did everything he was supposed to do. gave him the cigarettes. the man went ahead and executed him shot him point blank in the face. you don't hear these stories. some of our media won't talk to you about it. this is permanent separation. for his birthday, i go to his grave. we set up a christmas tree on grant's grave. received something from director holman. a challenge coin. i want to thank you for that. to me this is a sign of integrity. i wish some of our media had the same integrity as our president, our vice president. director holloman, all of you in law enforcements. i wish our media had the same
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integrity. i want to thank all of you, especially our law enforcement for what you do. mr. president, mr. vice president, thank you. members of voice, barbara gonzalez, john ferry, aviac, i want to thank all of them, too. they're helping get the stories out. 63,000 americans since 9-11 have been killed by illegal aliens. this isn't a problem that's going away. it's getting better. thank you. [applause] >> 63,000. that number that they say is very low because things aren't reported. 63,000. you don't hear about that. also here with us today is michelle root from iowa.
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please come up. >> thank you, mr. president. my daughter, sarah, was killed within 24 hours after graduating with a bachelor's. 4.0 in criminal investigation. out celebrating. stopped at a stop light. rear ended by edwin mejia going 70-plus miles an hour. he was arrested. but then he paid a $5,000 bail and now he's fled. our separation like everybody has said is permanent. sarah never gets to go on to be a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt. my son does not have his only sibling any longer. my life has been devastated. so has my daughter's family and friends. i want to thank president trump
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and vice president pence, barbara gonzalez, and director holloman for all of their support. they have never give up on us. adiac was a group that we started because we're tired of not having anybody else to go to to get information. when sarah was killed january 31 of 2016, i had nobody. but i was thankful for my politicians in my area. you know, president trump was one of the first ones to reach out to my family. he has been there from the beginning. never left our side. now we just need to get my daughter's killer found. again, my separation is permanent. sarah is never coming home. i never get to take a selfie with her again. i have no more pictures of her. so please, thank you for
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everything. keep up the great work. our police officers, our border patrol, please continue to fight. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. my name is maryann mendoza. my son was killed on may 12, 2014 on his way home from work by a three-time legal limit drunk who was also high on meth. he had drove over 35 miles the wrong way on four different freeways in phoenix before slamming head on to my son's car. as you know, they could fill the stage up every day for the next five months of victims of illegal alien crime and just keep going. unfortunately, we're members of a club of our children, loved ones that have been kill by illegal aliens. there's hundreds of thousands of victims every year affected by
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illegal alien criminal. if you can go and see the magnitude of aliens that have kill people, you will be sickened. mainstream media doesn't let you know what is happening. we're here. the members are here to educate the public of what is happening and if anybody happens been a victim of illegal alien crime, contact us. we have close connections with barbara gonzalez at ice, connections at the department of homeland security. we're trying to help people. president trump, vice president pence, you've been there for us. no words to describe what your support and your caring has meant to each and every one of us. thank you from the bottom of my heart. >> thank you. [applause]
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>> your story is incredible. >> i'm one of your legal immigrants. i came the right way. i paid lots of money. took me five years to become a citizen a proud citizen. and i didn't drag my son. he named himself german chocolate. he was born in germany. i didn't drag him over borders, through desserts, i didn't place him in harm's way. i protected my child from harm, but i couldn't do that on july 12, 2012. he was 30 years old. i couldn't protect him because an illegal alien from guatemala with two felonies, one deportation, two duis, he was protected. riverside, california. sanctuary. the judge, the da.
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they knew who he was. they gave him probation after his second dui. five weeks later, he killed my child. if that wasn't enough to deal with, this is my only child. i have no family. that's it. the public needs to know and they deserve to know that this could happen to each one of you at any given second. you hug your child, you send them off no matter what age they are. then you get that ugly phone call that will forever change your life. thank god our president and vice president voice, my family of aviac, they rallied behind us.

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