President Trump touted the progress he said he has already made on border security this year and reiterated his promise to build a US-Mexico border wall at a Friday night campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida.
“Any Hispanics here, any Hispanics?” Trump said near the beginning of his speech. “Remember they weren’t going to vote for me, because I’m going to build the wall? But they want the wall, too, because they want security.”
He also pointed out supporters with “blacks for Trump” signs.
“Look at these guys, blacks for Trump,” he said. “I love you. I love you. I love you. By the way, now that you bring it up, black home ownership just hit the highest level it’s ever been in the history of our country. Congratulations.”
Trump said he wants “the strongest borders you’ve ever seen. We’re gonna have such borders. We’ll have borders on top of borders,” he said to applause.
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“One by one we are finding the illegal alien drug dealers, the gang members, the thieves, the criminals, and the killers preying on our children, preying on everybody, and we are throwing them the hell out of our country or we are putting them in prison,” he continued.
“It’s time for Congress to adopt a pro-American immigration agenda. Every member of Congress should be asked where they stand on these issues. Blocking funds to sanctuary cities. I don’t want to give sanctuary cities money. Passing Kate’s law to put repeat offenders behind bars for a long period of time,” the president said, referring to legislation named for Kate Steinle, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant in San Fransico in 2015.
“Increasing the number of ICE officers, who are fantastic, and border patrol officers so we can dismantle vile criminal gangs like, as I said, MS-13, animals,” he continued.
“Ensuring that new immigrants to our country are financially self-sufficient and will not be on welfare the day they come in. And as I said, ending chain migration. We want a system that is merit-based. They come in on merit. They don’t come in a lottery system,” he said.