Trump Makes Humanitarian Appeal to Congress on ‘Sacred Duty’ to Address Border ‘Crisis of the Heart’

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?”

Echoing angel moms Mary Ann Mendoza and Sabine Durden, Trump called on Democrats to imagine if their family member was a victim of illegal immigrant crime.

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.

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Rocky Drummond
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At the moment, they are at an impasse. Trump, Mr Art of the Deal, had not made any deals yet.

https://youtu.be/QFRczUhjhU4

Michael
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I agree that politicians must do something, but a wall will not solve the crisis. It will take years to build, will not be an effective solution, and does nothing to address the humanitarian crisis that has been compounded by the actions of this administration.

Phyllis Softa
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I can honestly say that in my 67 years, this is the first time I have heard it suggested that a multi-billion dollar wall was a solution to a humanitarian crisis. So, if you live long enough, you do actually “hear it all.”

Phyllis Softa
Member

How is the sorrow of Mendoza and Durden DIFFERENT than the sorrow of the families of the 11 victims of US citizen Robert Bowers’ anti-Semitic gun violence rage?

I. Chin
Member

It’s not just “sacred”. It’s in The Constitution.

As far as human suffering, The Wall would save lives on BOTH sides of the border as part of system of EXISTING laws, denial of benefits and employment,, and discouraging obstacles like mines.

Then let’s fix those who overstay their visas.

Michael
Member

What?

Dina Pol
Member

The President us correct. Americans support better protection of our borders

Phyllis Softa
Member

Yes, BETTER than a wall.

Rocky Drummond
Member

The President used drugs as a reason to have a wall. Fentenal comes from China. Opiods are mostly American made and legally supplied. Cocaine comes into the country on roads, planes, and ships. Marijuana is too bulky to walk it over the border in a backpack, plus we grow our own. What drug is he talking about?

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