President Donald Trump made a forceful moral argument on Tuesday night for building a southern border wall, decrying the current immigration situation as a “humanitarian crisis” that created a “cycle of human suffering” he sought to end.
During his remarks, he harped on the impacts of drugs and crime flowing across the border and how that resulted in lost American lives. His address seemed to be a direct rebuke of Democratic arguments like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.), which portrayed a southern border wall as “immoral.”
“The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and to continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized,” he said. He went on to remind the nation of California officer Ronil Singh’s death, which allegedly came at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
That was just one of the many instances of alleged illegal immigrant crime he cited. “Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country, and thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now,” he warned earlier in his address.
Watch his remarks below:
After mentioning the pain victims’ families felt, the president put asked: “How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?”
Trump asserted his support for the wall isn’t rooted in hatred of immigrants, but rather “love” for Americans. Referencing wealthy Americans, he said they don’t build barriers around their houses “because they hate the people on the outside.”
The president also blamed Democrats for the shutdown and ended his address by asking Americans to call Congress and demand border wall funding. The “only solution,” he said was for Democrats to fund border security.
“This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. this is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve,” he added.