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but end this shutdown now. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> after his address to the nation the president traveled to the u.s.-mexico border and held a discussion with border and immigration officials in mcallen texas. family members of victims of violence by undocumented migrants and texas senators ted cruz and john cornyn were also there. the president has asked congress for a $5.7 billion for a southern border wall or barrier. >> ladies and gentlemen, the resident of the united states. [applause]
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president trump: thank you very much. i appreciate it. it's an incredible honor to be here and meet. we just said hello to reggie. i have seen so much with reggie and his incredible brother and family. and we're with you. you know that, right? you you know that. in we're here to make a tour a little while of the border. we have fantastic people with us, including our great senators from the state of texas, thank you very much, jon, and ted. thank you very much for being here. and lieutenant governor, who has been my friend for a long time. i also hear your son is doing a very good job. >> working hard every day. president trump: i want to thank all of you for being here. we're going to go around the table and say a few words. attorney general, thank you very much for being here. appreciate it. what a job you have done.
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big victory you had recently, too. very important victory. the individual mandate, we're going to see if that holds up, because it should. that was the excuse they had. we'll see if it holds up, right? i i think you'll be in great shape. >> i'm honored to be in mcallen, texas, with the heroes of border patrol and their heroes. you have so much border patrol, i.c.e., and law enforcement generally. you take so much heat, you take so much abuse from people that don't know what they are talking about. i want to just say that you have a friend with this administration and you have a friend with me. nobody does a better job. [applause] president trump: nobody does a etter job. and i have to add, you have no idea how much you are loved by the public. maybe not by the fake news, but you are loved by the public. beyond belief. that includes my friend brandon.
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thank you very much for being so great. you have been getting the word out how important it is, border security. the wall or the steel barrier. they can have any name they want, but we have to have it. it's going to happen. but law enforcement and i.c.e. and border patrol, incredible job you are doing. the public loves you. the public -- not like, they love you. and i just hope that none of you run for president because -- you may be the one people person, that we have a problem with. you are highly respected in our country and beyond our country. we know what you do with ms-13. we know what you do with the gangs. we know what you do with crime. and we also see what you do on the border. i tell you what, it's tough stuff. but it could be a lot easier for you, and you could be spread a lot differently if we had the walls. we'll get it. we'll get t i think we're winning the battle in a very big way. i just want to thank you-all in
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particular for being with us. thank you very much, fellows. thank you very much. really incredible. i want to thank also secretary mcallenand commissioner for being with us. we made the trip down from washington. and again senator john cornyn has been an incredible champion of what we're doing. and very popular man in texas. i think we're running in two years together. i think that's very good for both of us, i hope. it's my honor, i want to tell you. the people of texas love you. [applause] president trump: we have another great friend of mine, ted cruz, is he a friend of mine except for about four or five months in between. i was telling john that ted and i on the campaign, we liked each other so much and i said, look, some time that will end, right? we just -- we actually would do
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joint aa -- joint appearances together. ted would say it will happen. we didn't know we would be quite that violent, but then the friendship at least equal to what it was. i just want to congratulate you because i was here, we had that agreena with about 22,000. that was the -- arena with about 2 ,000, that was the houston arena, incredible night. we had 109,000 or 106,000 wanting to come. thousands outside. that was a few weeks before the election. i said i think he's going to win. i think he's going to win nicely. i want to congratulate you. that was not easy. now he lost and wants to run for president, i thought you had to win to run for president, right? you did a great job, we appreciate it. texas attorney general, ken paxton, who has led some incredible cases. thank you very much. lieutenant governor dan patrick, who has been a friend of mine for a long time. i also want to thank the
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governor. he's going on fox tonight. he send his regards and we're going to see him later. he's coming into washington. the governor, who just had a great campaign also, he's been er in tic on a big believe what we're doing. thanks also to brandon, judd, anti-national border patrol council. i have known brandon from the beginning. almost before i announced he was for my ideas. he was for us. he was for me. and i appreciate it. i appreciate all you guys coming up last week. they had a big impact. we said to them, what do you want? who knows better than them? he knows better than all of us put together. and that group was fantastic that we had in washington just a few days ago. and they went on television -- anybody that listened wouldn't even have a doubt about it. so brandon, thank everybody. we appreciate it very much. done a fantastic job. 's rio grande ol
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valley sector. who is from the sector? do you have any specific guys here and ladies? quite a few. are you tougher than the rest? i don't know. maybe. but i heard special -- there you are. how are you? come here a minute. come here. [applause] fantastic. i have heard so much about all of you. we're going to spend a little time in a little while together. i don't know if we're walking or flying. either one is ok with me. we'll see a lot. but thank you for being here. in a few moments the american people will hear directly from our frontline border agents about the tremendous flood of illegal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, a phenomena that has been going
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on for a thousand years or more and that you think was something that modern society wouldn't have, and hate to tell you that because of the internet it's worse than ever before. human trafficking. a horrible thing. it's a a world problem. not a u.s. problem only. and they come across the border and it's a bad thing. and they drive. they just go where there is no security where you don't even know the difference between mexico and the united states. there is no line of demarcation. they just go out and where there is no fencing or walls of any kind, they just make a left into the united states and they come in and they have women tied up, they have tape over their mouths, electrical tape. usually blue tape they call it. it's powerful stuff. not good. and they have three, four, five of them in advance. three of them in back seats of
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cars. they just drive right in. they don't go through your points of entry. they go right through. and if we had barrier of any kind, a powerful barrier, whether it's steel or concrete, if we had a barrier they wouldn't be able to make that turn. they wouldn't even bother trying. they can't go through the points with people. we would stop that cold. we would stop it cold. and they can't fly in, obviously, for obvious reasons. so we would stop human trafficking. and this section of the world i 95%, a uld stop it 90%, tremendous percentage. and also the criminal gangs coming in. they don't walkthrough the points of entry. they come where nobody's around. you are are talking about hundreds and hundreds of miles. 2,000 miles. we need 500 miles of border. one of the things that has happened is -- i was explaining to the two senators and to dan in the car that one of the
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things that really is happening is without saying it too loudly, and i told him, could you repeat that story, when i say mexico's going to pay for the wall, that's what i said. mexico's -- i didn't say they are going to write me a check for $20 billion or $10 billion. they are not going to write a check. they are going to pay for the wall. if congress approves this incredible trade bill that we made with mexico, and canada, by the way, but mexico in this case, they are paying for the wall many, many times over. and dan said you do me a favor and say that. do i say it, but the press sort of -- i do say it, but the press sort of refuses to acknowledge it. when i say mexico is going to pay for the wall. that's what i mean. mexico will pay for the wall. i didn't mean please write me a chefpblgt very simply they are paying for it in the trade deal. andhopefully people will start o understand. if the deal does not it approved by congress, it is so much better than nafta.
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nafta was a horrible trade deal. it really hurt our country. now, we have the usmca. it is a great deal. i think you are going to see some tremendous improvement for the farmers and the people of texas. law enforcement professionals at dhs, the men and women of this room have told us what they need to secure our border. it is not only the wall or the barrier, it is the equipment for seizing the drugs. we have tremendous equipment. it is expensive. tremendous equipment that where -- that when you do drive through quinn of the ports of entry, we have equipment that will be able to protect. it is not only the wall. we have taken their recommendation straight to congress. congress says -- congress, as you know, the democrats are holding us up because they do
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not want it. they think it is good politically. i think it is a disaster for them. i am doing it because it is right. washington, i left i said they cannot have a problem with crime. the people who are coming in, the criminals, the gangs, the traffickers, the drugs -- the only way you are going to stop it is the way these people are strongly recommending it be stopped. i hear we are making a lot of congress -- a lot of progress. congress, thes of democrats are saying, we better get this thing going. nobody is going to win the battle of strong borders and no crime as opposed to open borders and crime does not matter. that is what they are saying, crime does not matter. we have people that have been so horribly hurt.
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families that are so horribly hurt by people who come in -- just come in to the unites states and do what they want. they leave and then they will come back. or, they stay. we have done a very good job at the border considering we are not get -- are not being given the right laws. they are archaic. we do not have the barriers. our plan includes drug technology. ofe beds to house the influx unlawful migrants. medical support closing the disaster loopholes that incentivize child smugglers. victims ofbiggest what is happening at our border. our children are being used by the coyotes. they are being sold left and right. people are grabbing them to get in because our laws are really lousy. if you have a child, it is easy to get in.
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these people know it better than anybody. i think the biggest victims are children and women. women would be right there with the children. these are the victims. women mostly in terms of the smuggling. and what is going on with that. we are going to take care of this problem. to think anybody can even think about fighting it is ridiculous. we are going to build a powerful steel barrier. they do not want to use concrete. i said, i will use steel. it is stronger. people should be happy. they said we do not want a concrete wall. i said, that is ok. we will build a steel wall. we will call it a barrier instead of a wall. i am ok with that tooo. . i do not care what you call it. it has got to be there.
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democrats have refused to listen to the border agents. manufactured is a crisis. that is the soundbite. it is the fake news media. what happens is, every network as manufactured -- every men -- every network has, manufactured crisis. --is a manufactured crisis but, it is not. what is manufactured is the use of the word manufactured. every single of the negatives. they are not winning because it is common sense. they say a wall is medieval. so as a wheel. a wheel is older than a wall. outoked, every single car there, even the really expensive ones that the secret service uses, i said, do they all have wheels?
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i thought it was medieval. the wheel is older than the wall. a wheel works. a wall works. nothing like a wall. becausernment shut down democrats will not find border security. plain and simple. more than just the walls. the open borders agenda threaten all american families including millions of legal immigrants throughout the nation. in the last two years alone, our courageous ice officers arrested criminal aliens charged with or convicted of 100,000 assault. in the last year. 30,000 sex crimes. 4000 violent killings. we are deeply moved to have with -- with us, reggie, whose brother -- incredible guy.
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worse in watching news of our nation than watching your family and the love that you have for your brother. the way it came through. it came through loud and clear. peoplere so many other who say, nobody covers them. nobody talks about how unfair it is to the victims. way, over the years, there is thousands of them. i do not mean hundreds. i mean thousands of them. these officers can all tell you about them. i would like to if i could, family i watched a around christmas time, i watched them suffer. i would like to ask if maybe you could say a few words about your
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incredible brother. he was so beloved about the people in the department. and beyond the department. if you could say a few words about your brother. >> he always wanted to be in law enforcement. through my -- he migrated through america to fulfill his dream to fulfill law enforcement. after english as a second language, he worked on that. applied for law enforcement agency. he was asked to get citizenship, to work towards that. he became a cop. -- the way hee was killed, what my family is going through right now, i do not any other law enforcement person to go through that. whatever it takes to minimize, put a stop to it.
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my family fully supports it. at 33 years old, he was cremated. i had to pick up his remains. it breaks my heart. no one should ever ever go through that. looking at that five month old baby. no one should ever go through that on christmas day. that is all. [applause] president trump: we are with you. that was a tough one. for a lot of people. a lot of people in this country. that was a lot of -- son with us, marie whose
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junior who was loved by so many in the department. we had so many people talking. it happened in 2014. he was out fishing with his wife, his parents, and his kids. to maybewould like have you say a little bit about your son because he is still so loved and respected. please. vega.name is marie we have two sons. very proud of both of them. both of them marines. age, hey young expressed a love for law enforcement. like the parent that once the
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child to grow up and be something and be a productive human. , we supported it. he showed interest in the police force. numerous times, he rode with police officers around our town. surrounding towns. when he was in high school, he told us he wanted to be a marine. and of course, you want to be a marine, you're going to follow through, and you're going to finish it. that is what he did. he became a marine. upon leaving the united states marine corps, he went to college. engineer --ed became a biomed engineer. he was offered a job.
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while working because he was surrounded by agents and saw how he worked with that love for law enforcement, he came to me and said to my husband and said, mom, dad, i want to be a border patrol agent. again, ok, you want to be a border patrol agent. then you are going to be a border patrol agent. he became an agent. i always worried about him. like i worry about our family now. i want them to go to work, be safe, come home to their families safely. day, i was scared that i would lose my son. never in my wildest dreams did i ever imagine my son dying at a
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family outing. it was supposed to be a peaceful, fun fishing afternoon. it did not happen that way. it did not happen that way we had a criminal illegal alien that killed him. he came thinking that he was entitled to one of the two vehicles we had. family should go through this. no one. no family should suffer the loss of a child. a parent should not have to bury their child. we need the wall. when i say we need the wall, i do not mean just build the wall. there are other things we need to do also. we need tougher judges. we need the wall itself.
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our border patrol agents need to -- should have the equipment and materials they need to do their job. trump: thank you very much. you are 100% right. [applause] president trump: i am very proud of you right now. what marie said is right. we have to give these incredible people the tools to work with. the politicians in washington are saying, they do not know the first thing about what we are talking about. from agoing to hear couple of our landowners.
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i think i would like to start off with our texas leaders. and, say a few words about what we are here for and what we support and what we are -- and what is going to happen. maybe we will start with senator cornyn. thank you, mr. president for being here. for hearing first-hand from not only the people who suffered at the hands of the crime that --urs at the result of people who come here to cause death and destruction and human misery. we will have somebody able to go through some of the things that are in front of us. heroin and methamphetamine that has been seized.
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$2000. when the drugs are sold in the united states, -- $362,000. when the drugs are sold, they have to get the cash across the border. you can imagine the violence. i andeople like ted and our colleagues in washington say , this is a manufactured crisis. we wonder what planet they have been living on. this is not just about economic migrants. exploitout people who vulnerabilities at the border. it is about people who died of drug overdoses in america just last year. a substantial portion is from the heroin that comes from mexico. as you point out, the human tragedy associated with human trafficking. sex slavery.
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all of that is associated with our inability to control our southern border. thank you for being here. thank you for concern -- for your concern. president trump: thank you, very much. senator cruz? >> glad to welcome you to the valley. one of the things you said about the men and women, you referred to them as heroes. that is exactly right. these are brave, courageous euros. i have been out on midnight patrol with the agents. job that a difficult they do each and every day. they risk their lives. us, our prayers are with your family. the tragedy you have endured. nobody should have two endure.
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-- nobody should have to endure. this whole community loves the vega family. illegal immigration produces tragedies everyday. human smuggling, drug smuggling, children being abused, women being sexually abused. opioids that are destroying last year, 72,000 -- last 72,000 people lost their lives in drug overdoses. much of those drugs are flooding across the southern border. i just want to commend you for standing up and fighting this fight. one thing there is not a lot of in washington is backbone. i want to commend you for helping infuse some more backbone in washington. this is a fight the people of texas and the american people want the border secured.
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they want the federal government to have the backs of the men and women in this room. thank you for highlighting this crisis. when we see politicians go on tv and say, the border is secure and there is no crisis, they are ignoring reality. they are ignoring the lives that are jeopardized each and every day. thank you for leading this fight. president trump: thank you, ted. [applause] president trump: dan, if you could say a few words. i would like somebody to give us a definition of exactly what is in front of us. it looks pretty brutal. this is the real stuff. this is nothing compared to what they have. this is actually nothing compared to what they have. is somebody going to be able to explain this to us quickly. carlos, please. thank you.
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>> these are narcotics seized. ,s you can see on the tables these are 117 kilograms of methamphetamine. was seized att the port of entry. was reported to x-ray technology. exam, theyng the were able -- our detector dogs were able to receive them as merchandise. these are fire exiting which is. they were intercepted. was a male driving into the united states. for thery used
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importation of methamphetamine. -- they were used for the importation of methamphetamine. also, we have weapons seized in our port of entry. we have three handguns. laredoere seized at the port of entry. we have an ar-15 that was seized with the assistance of our state and local partners. seized at aak-47 port of entry going southbound. officers were able to find the ak-47 hidden in the backseat. you also have a 50 caliber rifle. , officers wereon
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able to detect a compartment. it was found in the backseat of a vehicle. with the assistance of our homeland security partners, there was surveillance conducted on the vehicle. conducted.top was a 50 caliber rifle was found. these guns you see are goldplated handguns with diamonds encrusted. president trump: ok. this is all very recent. they did not have to go very far. this is all very recent. >> welcome, mr. president. i am pleased to have you here. this is a multi agency seizure.
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what ended up happening, there was a currency smuggler who due to a traffic stop resulted in further investigation. in -- this came [indiscernible] he had multi, thousands of dollars of financial transactions. president trump: and the dogs are incredible, aren't they? they are useful for finding the drugs but also they find money and drugs. they find drugs.
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>> they also find people. president trump: incredible. >> i have some other things. i will start over here. a checkpoint north of here, two suspects being smuggled in the trunk of a car. one of the suspects had an interpol hit. he was wanted out of spain for murder. pictures detecting some seizures of marijuana and firearms. it just so happens that when this multi agency task force went to execute a warrant, the suspect inside the house started trying to burn the marijuana and tried to throw it throughout the yard. we were able to get in and sees the marijuana and make the arrest.
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your words resonate with me. very dangerous. we have a vehicle. this vehicle eventually, the driver lost control and propelled the vehicle. a juvenile died in that vehicle. another subject seriously injured. seeing the inside of a trailer where smugglers endangered the folks they were smuggling. here, this is just a couple miles from here from where we are standing. this is a tunnel. this is the second tunnel that we have located. --s is an area we also have technology and agents. that area was really important to a criminal organization.
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we have done such a good job that they are using other tactics. this is about 25 feet long. thatre fortunate enough the station next to us, their boat patrol launched and went down. they are very vigilant. they look for anything that is different from the day before. they were able to see -- this was very well hidden. they were so vigilant that they found this. there is no telling what else would have come through if they were successful. this vehicle was floated across the rio grande river with narcotics. floated on a trailer with barrels. narcotics in the bed of the truck. this is technology that we have area.n the mcallen
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thes getting ready to cross -- cross to the united states. we have large groups coming in. sadly, this is a deceased subject. somebody who probably was trying to cross the rio grande. he did not make it. he died. he drowned. >> right here, two juveniles from mexico. rammed into a border patrol agent. that is assault. they were trying to get away. two juveniles. over 1000 pounds of marijuana. this is a stash, mr. president. with smugglers, -- this is a stackhouse, mr. president -- a
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stackhouse, mr. -- this is terrible. the american people need to understand, we know better. cost to families. to our family, the community, the country. we are here to serve and protect. not just ourselves and everybody in the country, but even the people being taken advantage of. president trump: this is a great presentation. thank you very much. [applause] >> i wanted to share with you that united states troopers seized -- that breaks down to 21 million lethal doses. we talk about our opioid crises.
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to those of you who say this is a manufactured crisis, it is a manufactured cover-up by your opposition. people had 500,000 apprehended crossing from san diego to brownsville. this sector, we need the wall. we need the fencing. we have 54 miles. you are about to build 22 more miles. border,thers to the there is a city of a million people without a police force. every night, running gunfights in the streets between the mexican marines and the cartels. anyone who says we do not need a fence or a wall or barrier or more law enforcement, they are deceiving the american people. you're right, mr. president, we are with you.
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president trump: they say it is immoral. what is immoral is all the killing. >> they all know better. president trump: it is an indefensible position. even people who are not into it like we are. studying it and we want to end it, everybody knows that what we are saying is right. the economic -- >> we have a million students who are proficient. there is a termite's cost to the taxpayer. -- there is a tremendous cost to the taxpayer. no one should have to die coming to america. the democrat opposition is creating that. president trump: i want to thank you. i think a lot of people are getting it now. it is not complex. if we do not have a substantial barrier, you not going to be able to solve this problem. everybody gets it whether you are educated in this world are
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not educated. that is why you see congress, now. democrats are saying, we do not like this subject. there was a big article in a very important media outlet that just came out where a lot of the young democrats just elected to office are saying, wait a minute. this opposition, meaning the democrat's position is indefensible. it is going to happen more and more because it is common sense. to say that as you well know, the department of defense fully supports the department of homeland security. forward andto leap are willing to support in the mission as we look ahead. president trump: i called on the department of defense because we had caravans forming.
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we have another one forming in honduras. they do nothing for us. if you think that country is trying to stop, do not believe it. that goes for guatemala. that goes for el salvador. if they want to stop it, they can stop it. they form and then come in through mexico. you saw what happened. they broke in because they did not have the wall. they are thinking about building a wall on their southern border. i want to thank the military. they have been incredible. they came up. from day one, no one has seen anybody work like that. it is called barbed wire times 10. it was very effective to put it mildly. very effective. without that, it would've been a stampede right into our country. i just wanted to thank the military. i know you are still working with us on it. unfortunately, i have to tell
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you that they have another one forming. we will handle that as it happens. we are working with mexico. we appreciate that. we are working with mexico very much. attorney general, please say a few words. >> thank you so much for coming to the border. so many people in washington talk about the border but they do not come down here. thank you for your vision, your persistence, your willingness to stand up. like no other leader we have had, you have done more for border security to push this forward. we have two horrific stories of people losing their lives. unfortunately you are not the only two families we have -- who have suffered. we keep track of statistics. our state police have addressed hundreds of thousands of crimes. hundreds of homicides. we have hundreds of thousands of stories just like this that have affected real people. thank you for addressing that. we also hear that the narrative
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is that the wall will not work. if you go to el paso, we put up a barrier there. it was under the bush administration. over 100 miles long. el paso used to have one of the highest crime rate in america. after that went up and separated war is, which still had -- separated juarez, the crime rate in el paso is the lowest -- some of the lowest in the country. we know it works. i wanted to say something about your comments on human trafficking. i started studying human trafficking because -- in my first year in office. 300,000 people are victims of that crime every year. that is the research. houston is the worst city in america. we are addressing that. border security will have a positive impact on those horrible and horrific statistics that are affecting our women and children.
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thank you very much, mr. president. trump: what they do is, they walk up and cannot get through and eventually find an opening. the opening is where they come in. we do not want to have an opening. we want to have dates where they come in legally -- to have gates where they come in legally. we are doing well with the crime rate. it is not being helped. i appreciate it very much. president, this gentleman right here said he did not like the 50 cal pointed at his head. he plays football for the university of missouri. person to putht that in front of. youpreciate the leadership have provided.
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i appreciate the access you have given our border patrol agents to our leaders. nobody has ever come down and spoken to our agents as much as secretary nielsen has. we appreciate the leadership. and the access that you have allowed our agents with these individuals. i appreciate you having senator cornyn and senator cruz here with us today. these two individuals played such a huge role in getting javier vega's death declared in a line of duty -- declared as a line of duty death. as a border patrol i can tell you what bore you -- what barriers do. my career in el centro, california. we had very few barriers. we had border crossings out of control. we put up physical barriers and
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illegal border crossings dropped exponentially. i went to arizona. we were arresting one small station, we were arresting over 100,000 illegal aliens per year at that station. we built physical barriers. it dropped from 100,000 to 20,000. that is how physical barriers work. they work and we appreciate the leadership you are providing in order to get us the things we need such as personnel technology and the infrastructure. thank you very much, mr. president. president trump: to sit here listening, it is not a contest. all they are doing is looking at 2020. they figure they cannot win. maybe they can do this or come up with another issue. i can tell you about another couple issues they are using. i will not consider myself to have that great achievement unless we can straighten out your border.
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we are working on it. your son, your brother will not have died in vain. they will not have died in vain. it is a very important purpose to all of us. very important. i agree that that is a very uncomfortable position. [laughter] i would not want to be in that chair. you are tough guy. please say a few words. >> thank you for taking the time to address the situation. daily basis. on a heador cruz hit it on the when he said you have a backbone. that is why we elected you and wanted you in the white house. we appreciate you not giving up on that. i grew up in the rio grande valley. born and raised. . ago, we did not have this kind of problem. illegal great flow of
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aliens coming across, but those people were harmless. unfortunately, it is not the same thing anymore. wherehas been many times we would be out on the ranch or at 3:00 in the morning, have a family come up and beat on my back door. i go out there and it is a family in distress. we feed them and water them. they are asking for help. we are compassionate people. we call for help. we feed and clothe them. whatever we have to do. we have also had a few young females come up that you could tell had been sexually assaulted. they were scared out of their mind. they get disoriented from their direction. they were told by their coyotes that houston is right there. this is where you want to go. these people pay $3000 to come across. they walk them 10 miles across the border, walk them around in
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the brush and disappear on them. they are lost and helpless. they do not what -- they do not know what to do. they say, can you call border patrol for me? my hat is off to you, border patrol. i see how you work all the time. we have a great sheriff. i am proud to call him my friend. anytime we have had any instances. i lost my father five years ago. when that happened, there was a lot of traffic going on. i did not live at the ranch at the time. i would have to go out there every night. sheriff, he was there to help me all the time. the border patrol right now, their hands are tied. these immigrants, they know it. they know that they get over here and they are going to get caught and they are going to get let go. that is something i think needs to be addressed. i agree with the wall. there is a lot of farmers and
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landowners i know along the river. they are upset because of eminent domain. that brings up the question as, all the acreage they are losing with the wall. maybe there is something you can devise with those owners and say, we do not want to drill down through the middle of your property. i think that would probably forgo. you would see a lot more cooperation with them. president trump: i agree with you. darker thank you, mr. president. president trump: -- >> thank you, mr. president. president trump: nobody tries to get in because they know they cannot. with us, we take it through court proceedings. we have to hire hundreds of judges. hundreds of judges to go through a proceeding. they check you in.
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then they cannot do the preceding because because there are 800,000 people waiting. how ridiculous is this? if they set one foot on u.s. property, they end up having to go to trial. they take the name and say, you can go now. come back in three years. this is the law by the way. made worse by the ninth circuit. the ninth circuit is a disaster. if you go to the ninth circuit, if you are on the others what everybody in this room is all about and frankly, what most of the people in the country are all about, it is like an automatic loss. they take a case to the ninth circuit. it has nothing to do with the ninth circuit. we are bucking a bad system. we are bucking a lot of things that are bad. we are apprehending more people
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we have ever apprehended before. the laws are against us. we have to do much better. we can only do better if we have a physical barrier. even with the bad laws, if you have a physical barrier, they cannot come into our country. >> i married into a law enforcement family. it was pretty hard going through that. i feel y'all's pain. we became good friends after that happened. i do not know how, but, the killers when they went up to d.c., they were allowed to bring their entire family and put them up on the taxpayers dollar. in front of his parents. it was like a stab in the back. for the government that he gave his life for.
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president trump: when was that? >> that was last year. when they finally went to sentencing. president trump: convicted? >> somebody took the fall for it. i cannot say it was the correct person who pulled the trigger. president trump: that is bad stuff. pastor, please. >> i want to thank you for calling this what it is. a humanitarian crisis. when you use that language, you really set bells to ringing. that is what it is. people in my profession see the suffering. the human suffering brought by drugs. by big arms that are going across, making our communities more violent. the trafficking of women and children especially. envoys -- and boys and young males as well.
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the truth that needs to be talked about that is seldom talked about is the amount of underreporting of the crime. happen, in thegs shadows, people are not always eager to point out the crimes that are taking place. profession, especially spanish-speaking sector knowhis firsthand the human suffering. that human toll that is taking sickness.use of the on lack of sanitation going because of the bunch up at the border. i want to give a heartfelt thank you. i have had the privilege of visiting with you before. i know your heart of compassion. some do not want to paint you of
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having -- paint you as having a heart of compassion. i know you as a man who does have the heart of compassion. the fact that you called it what it is, it is a crisis and a humanitarian crisis. the pastors that i am representing today salute you and thank you for wanting to bring an end to untold suffering that is taking place on our southern border. president trump: thank you, pastor. commissioner? >> obviously you came to the right part of the border. number one for illegal crossings. number two for hard narcotics. and then the humanitarian cost. acrossilies and children
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-- they cross here in south texas. we have our trained law enforcement officers dealing with care in a very challenging environment. amust wanted to say i incredibly proud of the agents, officers, and professionals serving down here. missionfocused on the despite the challenging environment. what they do every day to protect our country and fellow citizens. the resources the administration ,s asking for from congress agents and officers that we need to address the security threats, we are building new barriers. thank you. used,the technology being that is a critical element. we asked for humanitarian resources. we can provide medical support and help protect families that
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are crossing. and end the violent cycle. it is controlled by violent criminals. we want to combat that with these resources. you.dent trump: thank one of the things that dan patrick suggested was give the state of texas a relatively small amount of money and they will build the wall themselves. i still think i can do it cheaper than you. i do like the idea. we will look at a couple ways of doing it. you do things very well in texas. i like that idea we will take a look. dan, can i ask you to say a few words? >> i am the field officer. with the inflow of the immigrants coming across, the unprecedented numbers, our
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officers are coming down to support that to deal with the women and children. those are the same officers we would be using in the communities themselves looking for the public safety threats and criminal aliens that are now reprogrammed to come down here to deal with the humanitarian crisis. time, thosee officers on the task force were brought back down to deal with these crises. when you look at the family units that come across in reality, we either let them out the door once we take them in if they cannot go into our family residential centers. we have 20 days to release them. essentially, they are just being released to the seas -- to the street. pulling criminal enforcement to basically just released family units is deterring the system.
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, how wouldsecondary you put it? barrier for them to keep coming. they kind of get a free run in the community. president trump: it is not just what is going on at the border. it is almost a lesser problem. they get through the border and then they filter out throughout the whole country. then you have ms 13 throughout long island. we are getting them by the thousands. the ice folks are doing incredibly in getting them out. they are rough and tough. lot tougher and smarter, but still, it is a lot of people. -- it is notme at the crime at the border, it is what happens when they get through the border when they are dispersed or they dispersed themselves through the country.
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yes, john? >> i suspect to hear from secretary nielsen, but i just want to acknowledge all of the local officials who support these men with -- these men and up having to try to manage the humanitarian crisis because of the gaps in our law that you have described. we are set up as a country to deal with legal immigration. we applaud legal immigration. illegal immigration when it floods over here, we are not prepared. especially with these large caravans. it has created a humanitarian crisis. mindder if you would not if we ask them to stand so we can recognize them and thank them. [applause]
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president trump: that is great. thank you, very much. secretary? >> i think everyone here said it so well. it is not status quo. it is a crisis. it is a humanitarian crisis. it is clearly a security crisis. for those who would like to put their heads in thie sand and say it is manufactured, it is an insult to our country. it is a crisis. mandates is a leader with a vision. that is what you have. women here have told you -- i hope they are watching. i hope they take a cue from you and decide to be leaders and do what the country needs and help us secure it.
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president trump: thank you, secretary. you are working hard. every time i speak to her, she is in a different location, usually along the border. we appreciate it very much. we are getting there. i think we are taking -- i think we are making a lot of progress. my duty as president is to defend the people of the nation. that is whether it is from foreign nations or along the border. it is all defending our people. defending them properly and strongly. really rightly and justly. that is what i am doing. it would be a lot easier for me to not do this. it would be a lot easier to not say anything and let this go on. they should have been taken care of 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago. i have seen all the speeches made by all the presidents and a lot of people who worked under the president. you say, what happened? nothing happened.
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they were going to build the wall in 2003, 2006, they were going to build it 20 years ago. they were going to build it forever. we have done a lot of renovation. we have a lot of new wall going up where we took down wall because it was in such bad shape. we have a lot of work. we have work to do. i hope the democrats get together and work on a problem that is -- that is compassion. it is national security. just like it is a foreign country. we are under attack in a certain way. we are certainly under attack by criminal gangs. by criminals themselves. by the human traffickers and by drugs of all kinds. much of it comes through the southern border. a really great job and we will of putting up the barriers, putting up the walls, putting up everything we have
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planned, fixing what is good but is not working anymore because it is decrepit and old and torn up from years of abuse and all of the things that happen, we will have done a great service. that, movingsaying the embassy to jerusalem, i got it done. every president talked about it for many years. for decades. they talked about it. they campaigned on it. they never got it done. same thing here. i got that done. we are going to get this done too. this is the defense of our country. this is compassion, pastor. very much so. it is compassion for our people. we do not want to have situations like reggie had where he lost a brother. or marie had with your son. they still talk about your son
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as being such a great young man. we do not want that. we are working very hard. we are going to get it done. we are on the right side of an issue. actually, i know you do not see it yet, but i feel -- i think the other side is starting to get it. i may be wrong. i really believe the other side is starting to understand what is going on. they are on the wrong side of a very important issue. we are going to have it taken care of. you are right, john, the mayor and representatives have done such a great job. i am sure i will get to know the rest of you. especially, i want to thank marie and reggie for being here. i want to thank all of the people, border patrol, ice, and law enforcement for being here. we are with you 1000%. [applause]
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thank, everybody. great job. i will see you in the white house. ok? we are going to get it done. >> thank you, sir.
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president trump: he is bribing the president. i want this to be out in the open. >> that is for your son. president trump: i do not know if it is worth $.10 or $50,000. anyway, that is very nice. thank you. that is very nice. thank you, everybody. [applause]
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thank you, everybody. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] speakerursday, house nancy pelosi told reporters that president trump continued to move the goalpost for negotiations to reopen parts of the federal government as an impasse over border while funding is now in its third week. thealso said the demand for wall along the southern border is not the most effective approach for border security. >> good morning. good morning. this

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