Saturday, the White House released the weekly address video from President Trump.
In less than three minutes, the president made it clear, in no uncertain terms, how he feels about illegal aliens in this country, the sanctuary city policies that shields criminal aliens, and lawmakers who support such sanctuary policies.
He blasted Democrats in congress who are trying to obtain amnesty for illegals as a condition for funding the government, and stated emphatically, “We cannot allow it.”
Democrats have fought for the DACA program, to protect young illegal aliens from deportation, accusing Trump of wanting to rip families apart by deporting illegals.
Trump flipped it right around, saying, “No American should be separated from their loved ones because of preventable crime committed by those illegally in our country.”
Below is a transcript of his remarks, followed by the video.
“Help me, Dad.” Those were the last words spoken by Kate Steinle, as she lay dying on a San Francisco pier. A precious young American woman killed in the prime of her life. Kate’s death is a tragedy that was entirely preventable.
She was shot by an illegal alien and a 7-time convicted felon who had been deported five times, but he was free to harm an innocent American because our leaders refuse to protect our border, and because San Francisco is a sanctuary city.
In sanctuary states and cities, innocent Americans are at the mercy of criminal aliens because state and local officials defy federal authority and obstruct the enforcement of our immigration laws.
Last week, in a final injustice, Kate’s killer was acquitted on all of most serious charges, yet one more reason why Americans are so upset by sanctuary cities and open border politicians who shield criminal aliens from federal law enforcement and all of the problems involved with the whole concept of a sanctuary city. They’re no good.
We mourn for all of the American families of all backgrounds who will have any empty seat at Christmas this year, because our immigration laws were not enforced.
No American should be separated from their loved ones because of preventable crime committed by those illegally in our country.
Our cities should be sanctuaries for Americans, not for criminal aliens. Unfortunately, Democrats in congress not only oppose our efforts to stop illegal immigration and crack down on sanctuary cities.
Now they are demanding amnesty as a condition for funding the government, holding troop funding hostage and putting our national security at risk.
We cannot allow it. Every senator and congressman will have to make a choice. Do they want to protect American citizens, or do they want to protect criminal aliens.
Reasonable people can disagree on many things, but there can be no disagreement, that the first duty of government is to serve, protect and defend American citizens.
People can have different view on the technical details of budget policy or transportation, but no one who serves in elected office should disagree that our highest priority must be the safety and well being of our nation’s citizens.
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