Full text: Trump's closing offer to others


President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump talks about the partial closure of the government in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Saturday. | Photo by Alex Brandon / AP

President Donald Trump's comments on border security and the closure of the government, issued from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room on January 19, 2019.

A short time ago, I had the honor to preside over the oath of five new great American citizens. It was a beautiful ceremony and a moving reminder of our nation's proud history of welcoming legal immigrants from around the world into our national family.

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I told them that the beauty and majesty of citizenship is that it does not make distinctions of race, clbad, faith, gender or background. All Americans, whether first or tenth generation, are united in love and loyalty, friendship and affection.

We are all the same. We are a team and a single people who proudly salute a great American flag. We believe in a safe and legal immigration system that respects our laws, our traditions and our most precious values.

Unfortunately, our immigration system has been severely damaged for a long time. Over the decades, many presidents and many legislators have come and gone, and no real progress has been made on immigration.

Now we are living the consequences, and they are tragic, caused by decades of political stalemate, partisan stagnation and national negligence.

There is a humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border that requires urgent action. Thousands of children are being exploited by ruthless coyotes and vicious cartels and gangs. One in three women is badually badaulted on the dangerous trip north. In fact, many loving mothers give their daughters contraceptive pills for the long trip to the United States because they know that they can be raped or badually badaulted or badaulted. About 50 migrants per day are being referred for urgent medical attention.

Large amounts of lethal narcotics are flooding across our border and into our communities, including methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl. Drugs kill 78,000 Americans a year and cost our society more than $ 700 billion. Only heroin kills 300 Americans a week, 90 percent of which reach our southern border. We can stop the heroin.

Illegal immigration reduces wages and puts pressure on public services. The lack of border control provides a gateway, and a very wide and open door, for criminals and gang members to enter the United States, including criminal aliens who murdered a brave California policeman only one day after Christmas.

I have come to know and love moms, dads and the family of angels who lost loved ones for people illegally in our country. I want this to end. It has to end now. These are not talking points. These are the heartbreaking realities that are hurting innocent and precious human beings every day on both sides of the border.

As a candidate for the presidency, I promised that I would solve this crisis and I intend to fulfill that promise in one way or another. Our immigration system should be a source of pride, not a source of shame, as it is worldwide. Our immigration system must be the envy of the world, not a symbol of disunity and dysfunction.

The good news is that all these problems can be solved, but only if we have the political courage to do what is right and just.

Both parties in Washington should simply meet, listen to each other, lower their armor, build trust, cross the aisle and find solutions.

It is time to reclaim our future from the extreme voices that fear to compromise and demand open borders, which means that drugs are entering, trafficking in persons and many crimes.

That is why I am here today, to break the jam and provide Congress with a way to end the closure of the government and resolve the crisis on the southern border. If we succeed in this effort, we will have the best chance in a long time of real bipartisan immigration reform. And it will not stop here. It will continue until we do everything.

The proposal that I will present today is based, first of all, on the contributions of our border agents and national security professionals, and of the professionals that they are. They know what they are doing. It is a compbadionate response to the ongoing tragedy on our southern border.

In recent weeks, we have met with a large number of Democratic lawmakers to hear their ideas and suggestions. By incorporating the priorities of high-ranking Democrats into our plan, we hope they offer their enthusiastic support. And I think many will.

This is a compromise of common sense that both parties should embrace. The radical left can never control our borders. I will never let it pbad. The walls are not immoral. In fact, they are the opposite of the immoral because they will save many lives and prevent drugs from spilling into our country.

Our plan includes the following: $ 800 million in urgent humanitarian badistance; $ 805 million for drug detection technology to help secure our ports of entry; another 2,750 border agents and professionals of the law; 75 new teams of immigration judges to reduce judicial backwardness, believe it or not, almost 900,000 cases. However, Congress must change the whole concept of having lengthy trials for anyone who sets foot in our country illegally. It is untenable. It's ridiculous. Few places in the world would even consider such an impossible nightmare.

Our plan includes critical measures to protect migrant children from exploitation and abuse. This includes a new system to allow Central American minors to apply for asylum in their countries of origin and a reform to promote family reunification of unaccompanied children, thousands of which end up at the door of our border.

To physically secure our border, the plan includes $ 5.7 billion for a strategic deployment of physical barriers, or a wall. This is not a concrete structure of 2,000 miles from sea to sea. These are steel barriers in places of high priority. Much of the border is already protected by natural barriers such as mountains and water. We already have many barrier miles, including the 115 miles we are currently building or under contract. It will be done quickly. Our request will add another 230 miles this year in the areas our border agents most urgently need. It will have an incredible impact.

If we build a completely transparent and powerful steel barrier designed on our southern border, the crime rate and the drug problem in our country will be greatly and rapidly reduced. Some say it could be cut in half. Because these criminals, drug dealers, gangs and traffickers do not stop at our border; They are impregnated throughout the country and end up in some places where they are least expected. They go throughout our country. A steel barrier will help us stop illegal immigration while conducting trade safely to our legal ports of entry.

Many of these security ideas have been proposed by the Democrats themselves, and all have been supported by Democrats in the past, including a physical barrier, a wall or a fence.

In addition, to build the trust and goodwill necessary to begin real immigration reform, there are two other elements in my plan.

Number one is three years of legislative relief for the 700,000 DACA recipients who were illegally brought in by their parents at an early age many years ago. This extension will give them access to work permits, Social Security numbers and protection against deportation, the most important thing.

Second, our proposal provides a three-year extension of the temporary protection status or TPS. This means that 300,000 immigrants whose protection status is in the process of expiration will now have three more years of security so that Congress can work on a broader immigration agreement, which everyone wants: Republicans and Democrats. And our farmers and vineyards will not be affected because the legal and regulated entry in our country will be easy and consistent.

That's our plan: border security, DACA, TPS and many other things. Simple, fair, reasonable and common sense, with a lot of commitment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to take this bill to a vote this week in the United States Senate.

Our proposal does not intend to solve all of our immigration challenges. This plan solves the immediate crisis, and it is a horrible crisis. It is a humanitarian crisis as we rarely see in our country. And it provides humanitarian aid, offers real security at the border and immediately reopens our federal government.

If we succeed in this effort, then we can start the border [broader] Project to redo our immigration system for the 21st century. Once the government is open and we have made an initial payment for the security of the border, and immigration reform begins to occur, I plan to convene weekly meetings of two parties in the White House to be able to make a finished product, a great product , a product that we can all be proud of having to do with this difficult immigration problem.

Whatever we do, I can promise you this: I will never forget that my first duty, and maximum loyalty, is for you, the American people. Any reform we make to our immigration system will be designed to improve their lives, make their communities safer and make our nation more prosperous and safe for generations to come.

Thank you and may God bless America. Thank you.

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