President Donald Trump traveled to the South Texas border on Thursday to meet with officials of the migrant crisis in the context of the partial closure of the government.
"The government has closed because the Democrats do not fund border security," Trump said in McAllen, Texas.
"Their border opening program is hurting all American families, including millions of legal immigrants in our country. In the past two years alone, our courageous [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] Officers, many of whom are with us, have arrested foreign criminals charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults – this is the last year, 30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 violent murders. "
Trump has been fighting for funding for his security wall project along the southern border.
He argued that the need for a wall was shouting at a roundtable with border patrol officers and other officials at a border patrol station in McAllen. , Texas, Thursday.
He also began to visit the southern border with the authorities immediately after the discussion.
Due to the Democrats' intransigence on border security and the great importance of security for our country, I respectfully cancel my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. My warmest greetings and apologies to the @ WEF!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019
Trump could use the disaster funds of Puerto Rico and California to build a border wall https://t.co/PrIqHg2v7h pic.twitter.com/X7yFkfThLA
– New York Post (@nypost) January 10, 2019
The inability of the Democratic leaders and the president to reach an agreement on border security led the government to close its doors on 22 December. Trump has long promised to build a border wall and is fighting for $ 5.7 billion. The leader of the Senate minority, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), And Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Refused any financial assistance.
Trump was also joined Thursday by people affected by violent criminal aliens, as well as lawmakers such as Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.
Reggie Singh spoke first and told how his police brother, the cape. Ronil Singh was recently killed after legally emigrating from Fiji.
"Legally, we emigrated to America to fulfill his dream of becoming a member of the police," Singh said at a round table. "English is our second language. He worked there, studied and applied to a law enforcement agency. He was asked to obtain his citizenship. He worked in that direction and he became a cop.
Reggie Singh has since urged lawmakers to tackle the migration crisis along the border and put an end to illegal immigration. His brother was allegedly killed by a man suspected by the investigators of being illegally in the country the day after Christmas.
Trump has since quoted the brother in his efforts to secure the wall of the border.
"The way he was killed, what my family is going through right now – I do not want any more families, law enforcement officers, have to suffer that," Singh said Thursday.
"No matter what it takes to minimize it or put an end to it, my family fully supports it. At 33, Ronil Singh was cremated and I had to pick up his remains. "
Trump and congressional leaders from both parties continued discussions throughout the closure. But these talks have shown little progress so far.
More recently, the president left a meeting with Democratic leaders, claiming that he saw it as a "waste of time," lawmakers having refused to stalemate on border security while "fighting". he was trying to reach an agreement.
"For those who say it's an invented crisis, it's a concealment fabricated by your opposition," said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. "Last year, 5,000 people were apprehended in Brownsville across the border with San Diego – more than half in Texas and most of the people in that area between Brownsville and Falcon Dam. We need the wall. We need fencing. "
Trump has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to fund the border wall since the start of the closure.
"Every night there [are] running shootings in the streets between Mexican marines and cartels, just eight kilometers from here. And anyone who says they do not need a fence, a wall, a fence, or law enforcement, he is deceiving the American people. "
He emphasized the importance of having a border wall during his first speech at the Oval Office on Tuesday night.
He also presented similar arguments at recent Cabinet meetings and press conferences during the shutdown.
"On the other side of the border, about ten kilometers from the border, is a city of one million people without police," said Patrick. "Every night there [are] running shootings in the streets between Mexican marines and cartels, just eight kilometers from here. And anyone who says they do not need a fence, a wall, a fence, or law enforcement, he is deceiving the American people. "
During the discussion, Trump and other officials surrounded tables filled with drugs and weapons recently illegally recovered and smuggled across the border. The drugs also included 100 grams of heroin and eight methamphetamine keys.
He also included some guns, including a rifle.
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"There was an alleged smuggler of currency," said one of the border patrol agents. "One judgment gave rise to further investigation, he gave us his consent [to come] in his house, the K-9 unit came in, searched – and that's what was taken. The suspect was also suspected of marriage fraud, had stayed too long and made thousands of dollars in illegal transactions. "
House Democrats made some attempts to end the closure by passing bills to fund most of the government – while leaving room for debate on border security. They also worked to pass four separate appropriation bills. But without money for the border wall, bills can go a long way if the president does not give up financing for the wall.
Trump also launched the idea to declare the state of emergency to obtain the financing of the border wall. He recently said at a press conference that he could do it if the talks failed. This decision could eventually allow the president to release billions of emergency funds for his wall through the National Emergencies Act. But he is also likely to face legal proceedings.
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