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OUR TEAM OF CORRESPONDENTS WILL BE WATCHING CLOSELY AND GIVING BE WATCHING CLOSELY AND GIVING US THEIR ANALYSIS AND EXPERTISE. US THEIR ANALYSIS AND EXPERTISE. RIGHT NOW HERE’S THE PRESIDENT. RIGHT NOW HERE’S THE PRESIDENT.>>MY FELLOW AMERICANS, TONIGHT>>MY FELLOW AMERICANS, TONIGHT I AM SPEAKING TO YOU BECAUSE I AM SPEAKING TO YOU BECAUSE THERE IS A GROWING HUMANITARIAN THERE IS A GROWING HUMANITARIAN AND SECURITY CRISIS AT OUR AND SECURITY CRISIS AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. SOUTHERN BORDER. EVERY DAY CUSTOMS AND BORDER EVERY DAY CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL AGENTS ENCOUNTER PATROL AGENTS ENCOUNTER THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TRYING TO ENTER OUR COUNTRY. TRYING TO ENTER OUR COUNTRY. WE ARE OUT OF SPACE TO HOLD THEM WE ARE OUT OF SPACE TO HOLD THEM AND WE HAVE NO WAY TO PROMPTLY AND WE HAVE NO WAY TO PROMPTLY RETURN THEM BACK HOME TO THEIR RETURN THEM BACK HOME TO THEIR COUNTRY. COUNTRY. AMERICA PROUDLY WELCOMES AMERICA PROUDLY WELCOMES MILLIONS OF LAWFUL IMMIGRANTS MILLIONS OF LAWFUL IMMIGRANTS WHO ENRICH OUR SOCIETY AND WHO ENRICH OUR SOCIETY AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR NATION, BUT CONTRIBUTE TO OUR NATION, BUT ALL AMERICANS ARE HURT BY ALL AMERICANS ARE HURT BY UNCONTROLLED ILLEGAL MIGRATION. UNCONTROLLED ILLEGAL MIGRATION. IT STRAINS PUBLIC RESOURCES AND IT STRAINS PUBLIC RESOURCES AND DRIVES DOWN JOBS AND WAGES. DRIVES DOWN JOBS AND WAGES. AMONG THOSE HARDEST HIT ARE AMONG THOSE HARDEST HIT ARE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANIC AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANIC AMERICANS. AMERICANS. OUR SOUTHERN BORDER IS A OUR SOUTHERN BORDER IS A PIPELINE FOR VAST QUANTITIES OF PIPELINE FOR VAST QUANTITIES OF ILLEGAL DRUGS, INCLUDING METH, ILLEGAL DRUGS, INCLUDING METH, HEROIN, COCAINE AND FENTANYL. HEROIN, COCAINE AND FENTANYL. EVERY WEEK 300 OF OUR CITIZENS EVERY WEEK 300 OF OUR CITIZENS ARE KILLED BY HEROIN ALONE. ARE KILLED BY HEROIN ALONE. 90% OF WHICH FLOODS ACROSS FROM 90% OF WHICH FLOODS ACROSS FROM OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. MORE AMERICANS WILL DIE FROM MORE AMERICANS WILL DIE FROM DRUGS THIS YEAR THAN WERE KILLED DRUGS THIS YEAR THAN WERE KILLED IN THE ENTIRE VIETNAM WAR. IN THE ENTIRE VIETNAM WAR. IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, I.C.E. IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, I.C.E. OFFICERS MADE 266,000 ARRESTED OFFICERS MADE 266,000 ARRESTED OF ALIENS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS, OF ALIENS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS, INCLUDING THOSE CHARGED OR INCLUDING THOSE CHARGED OR CONVICTED OF 100,000 ASSAULTS, CONVICTED OF 100,000 ASSAULTS, 30,000 SEX CRIMES AND 4,000 30,000 SEX CRIMES AND 4,000 VIOLENT KILLINGS. VIOLENT KILLINGS. OVER THE YEARS, THOUSANDS OF OVER THE YEARS, THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE BEEN BRUTALLY AMERICANS HAVE BEEN BRUTALLY KILLED BY THOSE WHO ILLEGALLY KILLED BY THOSE WHO ILLEGALLY ENTERED OUR COUNTRY AND ENTERED OUR COUNTRY AND THOUSANDS MORE LIVES WILL BE THOUSANDS MORE LIVES WILL BE LOST IF WE DON’T ACT RIGHT NOW. LOST IF WE DON’T ACT RIGHT NOW. THIS IS A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS, A THIS IS A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS, A CRISIS OF THE HEART AND A CRISIS CRISIS OF THE HEART AND A CRISIS OF THE SOUL. OF THE SOUL. LAST MONTH, 20,000 MIGRANT LAST MONTH, 20,000 MIGRANT CHILDREN WERE ILLEGALLY BROUGHT CHILDREN WERE ILLEGALLY BROUGHT INTO THE UNITED STATES, A INTO THE UNITED STATES, A DRAMATIC INCREASE. DRAMATIC INCREASE. THESE CHILDREN ARE USED AS HUMAN THESE CHILDREN ARE USED AS HUMAN PAWNS BY VICIOUS COYOTES AND PAWNS BY VICIOUS COYOTES AND RUTHLESS GANGS. RUTHLESS GANGS. 1 IN 3 WOMEN ARE SEXUAL 1 IN 3 WOMEN ARE SEXUAL ASSAULTED ON THE DANGEROUS TREK ASSAULTED ON THE DANGEROUS TREK UP THROUGH MEXICO. UP THROUGH MEXICO. WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE THE BIGGEST VICTIMS BY FAR OF OUR BIGGEST VICTIMS BY FAR OF OUR BROKEN SYSTEM. BROKEN SYSTEM. THIS IS THE TRAGIC REALITY OF THIS IS THE TRAGIC REALITY OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON OUR ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. SOUTHERN BORDER. THIS IS THE CYCLE OF HUMAN THIS IS THE CYCLE OF HUMAN SUFFERING THAT I AM DETERMINED SUFFERING THAT I AM DETERMINED TO END. TO END. MY ADMINISTRATION HAS PRESENTED MY ADMINISTRATION HAS PRESENTED CONGRESS WITH A DETAILED CONGRESS WITH A DETAILED PROPOSAL TO SECURE THE BORDER PROPOSAL TO SECURE THE BORDER AND STOP THE CRIMINAL GANGS, AND STOP THE CRIMINAL GANGS, DRUG SMUGGLERS AND HUMAN DRUG SMUGGLERS AND HUMAN TRAFFICKERS. TRAFFICKERS. IT’S A TREMENDOUS PROBLEM. IT’S A TREMENDOUS PROBLEM. OUR PROPOSAL WAS DEVELOPED BY OUR PROPOSAL WAS DEVELOPED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS AND BORDER AGENTS AT THE AND BORDER AGENTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THESE ARE THE RESOURCES THEY THESE ARE THE RESOURCES THEY HAVE REQUESTED TO PROPERLY HAVE REQUESTED TO PROPERLY PERFORM THEIR MISSION AND KEEP PERFORM THEIR MISSION AND KEEP AMERICA SAFE, IN FACT, SAFER AMERICA SAFE, IN FACT, SAFER THAN EVER BEFORE. THAN EVER BEFORE. THE PROPOSAL FROM HOMELAND THE PROPOSAL FROM HOMELAND SECURITY INCLUDE CUTTING EDGE SECURITY INCLUDE CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY FOR DETECTING DRUGS, TECHNOLOGY FOR DETECTING DRUGS, WEAPONS, ILLEGAL CONTRABAND AND WEAPONS, ILLEGAL CONTRABAND AND MANY OTHER THINGS. MANY OTHER THINGS. WE HAVE REQUESTED MORE AGENTS, WE HAVE REQUESTED MORE AGENTS, IMMIGRATION JUDGES AND BED SPACE IMMIGRATION JUDGES AND BED SPACE TO PROCESS THE SHARP RISE IN TO PROCESS THE SHARP RISE IN UNLAWFUL MIGRATION FUELLED BY UNLAWFUL MIGRATION FUELLED BY OUR VERY STRONG ECONOMY. OUR VERY STRONG ECONOMY. OUR PLAN ALSO CONTAINS AN URGENT OUR PLAN ALSO CONTAINS AN URGENT REQUEST FOR HUMANITARIAN REQUEST FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND MEDICAL SUPPORT. ASSISTANCE AND MEDICAL SUPPORT. FURTHERMORE, WE HAVE ASKED FURTHERMORE, WE HAVE ASKED CONGRESS TO CLOSE BORDER CONGRESS TO CLOSE BORDER SECURITY LOOPHOLES SO THAT SECURITY LOOPHOLES SO THAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHILDREN CAN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHILDREN CAN BE SAFELY AND HUMANELY RETURNED BE SAFELY AND HUMANELY RETURNED BACK HOME. BACK HOME. FINALLY, AS PART OF AN OVERALL FINALLY, AS PART OF AN OVERALL APPROACH TO BORDER SECURITY, LAW APPROACH TO BORDER SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS HAVE ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS HAVE REQUESTED 5.7 BLGDS$5.7 BILLION REQUESTED 5.7 BLGDS$5.7 BILLION PHYSICAL BARRIER. PHYSICAL BARRIER. AT THE REQUEST OF DEMOCRATS, IT AT THE REQUEST OF DEMOCRATS, IT WILL BE A STEEL BARRIER RATHER WILL BE A STEEL BARRIER RATHER THAN A CONCRETE WALL. THAN A CONCRETE WALL. THIS BARRIER IS ABSOLUTELY THIS BARRIER IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO BORDER SECURITY. CRITICAL TO BORDER SECURITY. IT’S ALSO WHAT OUR PROFESSIONALS IT’S ALSO WHAT OUR PROFESSIONALS AT THE BORDER WANT AND NEED. AT THE BORDER WANT AND NEED. THIS IS JUST COMMON SENSE. THIS IS JUST COMMON SENSE. THE BORDER WALL WOULD VERY THE BORDER WALL WOULD VERY QUICKLY PAY FOR ITSELF. QUICKLY PAY FOR ITSELF. THE COST OF ILLEGAL DRUGS THE COST OF ILLEGAL DRUGS EXCEEDS $500 BILLION A YEAR, EXCEEDS $500 BILLION A YEAR, VASTLY MORE THAN THE $5.7 VASTLY MORE THAN THE $5.7 BILLION WE HAVE REQUESTED FROM BILLION WE HAVE REQUESTED FROM CONGRESS. CONGRESS. THE WALL WILL ALSO BE PAID FOR THE WALL WILL ALSO BE PAID FOR INDIRECTLY BY THE GREAT NEW INDIRECTLY BY THE GREAT NEW TRADE DEAL WE HAVE MADE WITH TRADE DEAL WE HAVE MADE WITH MEXICO. MEXICO. SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER, WHO YOU SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER, WHO YOU WILL BE HEARING FROM LATER WILL BE HEARING FROM LATER TONIGHT, HAS REPEATEDLY TONIGHT, HAS REPEATEDLY SUPPORTED A PHYSICAL BARRIER IN SUPPORTED A PHYSICAL BARRIER IN THE PAST ALONG WITH MANY OTHER THE PAST ALONG WITH MANY OTHER DEMOCRATS. DEMOCRATS. THEY CHANGED THEIR MIND ONLY THEY CHANGED THEIR MIND ONLY AFTER I WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT. AFTER I WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT. DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS HAVE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS HAVE REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE CRISIS, AND THEY HAVE REFUSED TO CRISIS, AND THEY HAVE REFUSED TO PROVIDE OUR BRAVE BORDER AGENTS PROVIDE OUR BRAVE BORDER AGENTS WITH THE TOOLS THEY DESPERATELY WITH THE TOOLS THEY DESPERATELY NEED TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES AND NEED TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES AND OUR NATION. OUR NATION. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REMAINS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REMAINS SHUT DOWN FOR ONE REASON AND ONE SHUT DOWN FOR ONE REASON AND ONE REASON ONLY, BECAUSE DEMOCRATS REASON ONLY, BECAUSE DEMOCRATS WILL NOT FUND BORDER SECURITY. WILL NOT FUND BORDER SECURITY. MY ADMINISTRATION IS DOING MY ADMINISTRATION IS DOING EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO HELP EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO HELP THOSE IMPACTED BY THE SITUATION, THOSE IMPACTED BY THE SITUATION, BUT THE ONLY SOLUTION IS FOR BUT THE ONLY SOLUTION IS FOR DEMOCRATS TO PASS A SPENDING DEMOCRATS TO PASS A SPENDING BILL THAT DEFENDS OUR BORDERS BILL THAT DEFENDS OUR BORDERS AND REOPENS THE GOVERNMENT. AND REOPENS THE GOVERNMENT. THIS SITUATION COULD BE SOLVED THIS SITUATION COULD BE SOLVED IN A 45-MINUTE MEETING. IN A 45-MINUTE MEETING. I HAVE INVITED CONGRESSIONAL I HAVE INVITED CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TO THE WHITE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO THE WHITE HOUSE TOMORROW TO GET THIS DONE. TOMORROW TO GET THIS DONE. HOPEFULLY, WE CAN RISE ABOVE HOPEFULLY, WE CAN RISE ABOVE PARTISAN POLITICS IN ORDER TO PARTISAN POLITICS IN ORDER TO SUPPORT NATIONAL SECURITY. SUPPORT NATIONAL SECURITY. SOME HAVE SUGGESTED A BARRIER IS SOME HAVE SUGGESTED A BARRIER IS IMMORAL. IMMORAL. THEN WHY DO WEALTHY POLITICIANS THEN WHY DO WEALTHY POLITICIANS BUILD WALLS, FENCES AND GATES BUILD WALLS, FENCES AND GATES AROUND THEIR HOMES? AROUND THEIR HOMES? THEY DON’T BUILD WALLS BECAUSE THEY DON’T BUILD WALLS BECAUSE THEY HATE THE PEOPLE ON THE THEY HATE THE PEOPLE ON THE OUTSIDE, BUT BECAUSE THEY LOVE OUTSIDE, BUT BECAUSE THEY LOVE THE PEOPLE ON THE INSIDE. THE PEOPLE ON THE INSIDE. THE ONLY THING THAT IS IMMORAL THE ONLY THING THAT IS IMMORAL IS THE POLITICIANS TO DO NOTHING IS THE POLITICIANS TO DO NOTHING AND CONTINUE TO ALLOW MORE AND CONTINUE TO ALLOW MORE INNOCENT PEOPLE TO BE SO INNOCENT PEOPLE TO BE SO HORRIBLY VICTIMIZED. HORRIBLY VICTIMIZED. AMERICA’S HEART BROKE THE DAY AMERICA’S HEART BROKE THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS WHEN A YOUNG AFTER CHRISTMAS WHEN A YOUNG POLICE OFFICER IN CALIFORNIA WAS POLICE OFFICER IN CALIFORNIA WAS SAVAGELY MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD SAVAGELY MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN WHO JUST BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN WHO JUST CAME ACROSS THE BORDER. CAME ACROSS THE BORDER. THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN HERO WAS THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN HERO WAS STOLEN BY SOMEONE WHO HAD NO STOLEN BY SOMEONE WHO HAD NO RIGHT TO BE IN OUR COUNTRY. RIGHT TO BE IN OUR COUNTRY. DAY AFTER DAY PRECIOUS LIVES ARE DAY AFTER DAY PRECIOUS LIVES ARE CUT SHORT BY THOSE WHO WITH HAVE CUT SHORT BY THOSE WHO WITH HAVE VIOLATED OUR BORDERS. VIOLATED OUR BORDERS. IN CALIFORNIA, AN AIR FORCE IN CALIFORNIA, AN AIR FORCE VETERAN WAS RAPED, MURDERED AND VETERAN WAS RAPED, MURDERED AND BEATEN TO DEATH WITH A HAMMER BY BEATEN TO DEATH WITH A HAMMER BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN WITH A LONG AN ILLEGAL ALIEN WITH A LONG CRIMINAL HISTORY. CRIMINAL HISTORY. IN GEORGIA, AN ILLEGAL ALIEN WAS IN GEORGIA, AN ILLEGAL ALIEN WAS RECENTLY CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR RECENTLY CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR KILLING, BEHEADING AND KILLING, BEHEADING AND DISMEMBERING HIS NEIGHBOR. DISMEMBERING HIS NEIGHBOR. IN MARYLAND, MS-13 GANG MEMBERS IN MARYLAND, MS-13 GANG MEMBERS WHO ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES WHO ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES AS UNAKOCH KNEECCOMPANYIED MINOR AS UNAKOCH KNEECCOMPANYIED MINOR ARRESTED AND CHARGED LAST YEAR ARRESTED AND CHARGED LAST YEAR AFTER VICIOUSLY STABBING AND AFTER VICIOUSLY STABBING AND BEATING A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL. BEATING A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, I’VE MET WITH DOZENS OF FAMILIES I’VE MET WITH DOZENS OF FAMILIES WHOSE LOVED ONES WERE STOLEN BY WHOSE LOVED ONES WERE STOLEN BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. I’VE HELD THE HANDS OF THE I’VE HELD THE HANDS OF THE WEEPING MOTHERS AND EMBRACED THE WEEPING MOTHERS AND EMBRACED THE GRIEF STRICKEN FATHERS. GRIEF STRICKEN FATHERS. SO SAD, SO TERRIBLE. SO SAD, SO TERRIBLE. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE PAIN IN I WILL NEVER FORGET THE PAIN IN THEIR EYES, THE TREMBLE IN THEIR THEIR EYES, THE TREMBLE IN THEIR VOICES AND THE SADNESS GRIPPING VOICES AND THE SADNESS GRIPPING THEIR SOULS. THEIR SOULS. HOW MUCH MORE AMERICAN BLOOD HOW MUCH MORE AMERICAN BLOOD MUST WE SHED BEFORE CONGRESS MUST WE SHED BEFORE CONGRESS DOES ITS JOB. DOES ITS JOB. TO THOSE WHO REFUSE TO TO THOSE WHO REFUSE TO COMPROMISE IN THE NAME OF BORDER COMPROMISE IN THE NAME OF BORDER SECURITY, I WOULD ASK, IMAGINE SECURITY, I WOULD ASK, IMAGINE IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD, YOUR IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD, YOUR HUSBAND OR YOUR WIFE WHOSE LIFE HUSBAND OR YOUR WIFE WHOSE LIFE WAS SO CRUELLY SHATTERED AND WAS SO CRUELLY SHATTERED AND TOTALLY BROKEN. TOTALLY BROKEN. TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, PASS A BILL THAT ENDS THIS PASS A BILL THAT ENDS THIS CRISIS. CRISIS. TO EVERY CITIZEN, CALL CONGRESS TO EVERY CITIZEN, CALL CONGRESS AND TELL THEM TO FINALLY AFTER AND TELL THEM TO FINALLY AFTER ALL OF THESE DECADES SECURE OUR ALL OF THESE DECADES SECURE OUR BORDER. BORDER. THIS IS A CHOICE BETWEEN RIGHT THIS IS A CHOICE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG, JUSTICE AND AND WRONG, JUSTICE AND INJUSTICE. INJUSTICE. THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER WE FULFILL THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER WE FULFILL OUR SACRED DUTY TO THE AMERICAN OUR SACRED DUTY TO THE AMERICAN CITIZENS WE SERVE. CITIZENS WE SERVE. WHEN I TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE, WHEN I TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE, I SWORE TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. I SWORE TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. AND THAT IS WHAT I WILL ALWAYS AND THAT IS WHAT I WILL ALWAYS DO, SO HELP ME GOD.

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