The president has been in a feud with Democrats on his quest for wall funding. Although the partial government shutdown ended, the two sides have until February 15 to strike a deal to fund border security. So far, Trump hasn’t dropped from his request of $5.7 billion, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hasn’t offered more than a dollar.
As part of his argument in favor of a wall, President Trump told the heartbreaking story of Bissel, who lost her parents at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
Here tonight is Deborah Bissell… weeks ago Deborah's parents, Gerald and Sharon were burglarized and shot to death in their Reno, Nevada, home by an ILLEGAL ALIEN. They were in their 80s and are survived by four children, 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/Bg1RdPyRYQ
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) February 6, 2019
“We are removing these gang members by the thousands, but until we secure our border, they are going to keep streaming right back in. Year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens. I’ve gotten to know many wonderful angel moms and dads and families. No one should ever have to suffer the horrible heartache that they have had to endure.
Here tonight is Deborah Bissell. Just three weeks ago, her parents were burglarized and shot to death in their Reno, Nevada home by an illegal alien. They were in their 80s and are survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Also here tonight are Gerald and Sharon’s granddaughter Heather and great-granddaughter Madison. To Deborah, Heather, and Madison, please stand. Few can understand your pain.”
The president told Bissell that he would “never forget” her parents as he continues on his quest to secure funding for a border wall.
“I will never forget, and I will fight for the memory of Gerald and Sharon, that it should never happen again,” said Trump. “Not one more American life should be lost because our nation failed to control its very dangerous border.”
The president has until February 15 to strike a funding deal with Democrats, though he has also considered declaring a national emergency to build the wall.