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Live: The White House – President Trump Delivers Remarks at the Wounded Project Soldier Ride – GOD BLESS Our Military – God Bess President Trump! – 4/18/2019

President Trump is expected to deliver remarks to the findings of Speial Council Robert Mueller’s investigation released today by AG William Barr, during this event!

God Bless America! God Bless President Trump! 

God Bless Our Wounded Warriors! 

 

 

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God Bless Our President! #wwg1wga

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Live: AG Willim Barr Holds Press Conference Regarding Mueller Report

BARR affirms Mueller found no evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion

The Special Counsel found “NO COLLUSION” by Americans – Found “no evidence” that members of the Trump Campaign committed any crimes.

 

 

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Live: President Trump in Crosby, Texas – Revival of the American Energy Industry and Jobs -4/10/2019

President Trump is working to rebuild America’s Energy and He has made America the source of Energy for the world. President Trump will be signing two executive orders today:

The first order will direct the Environmental Protection Agency to update federal guidance on the Clean Water Act, seeks to legalize liquefied natural gas shipments by rail, speeds up renewals for energy project right of ways, seeks to remove barriers to investing in certain energy projects and compels two federal agencies to study and issue reports on energy issues in New England and the West Coast.

Under the second order, the State Department will be directed to speed up the permit process for cross-border energy projects to 60 days. The current permitting process for pipelines and electricity transmission lines between the United States, Mexico and Canada can take years.

 

Americans have long been told that our country is running out of energy, but we now know that is wrong. America’s energy revolution has produced affordable, reliable energy for consumers along with stable, high-paying jobs for small businesses—all while dropping carbon emissions to their lowest level in 25 years. American energy policy must balance environmental protection with economic growth in order to encourage innovation, discovery, and prosperity.  Source:  The White House

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Presidential Permit – 3/29/2019

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States of America, I hereby grant permission, subject to the conditions herein set forth, to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (hereinafter referred to as the “permittee”), to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border of the United States and Canada at Phillips County, Montana, for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.  The permittee is a limited partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware, owned by affiliates of TransCanada Corporation, a Canadian public company organized under the laws of Canada.

This permit supersedes the Presidential permit issued to the permittee, dated March 23, 2017.  For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby revoke that March 23, 2017, permit.  Furthermore, this permit grants the permission described in the previous paragraph and revokes the March 23, 2017, permit notwithstanding Executive Order 13337 of April 30, 2004 (Issuance of Permits With Respect to Certain Energy-Related Facilities and Land Transportation Crossings on the International Boundaries of the United States) and the Presidential Memorandum of January 24, 2017 (Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The term “Facilities,” as used in this permit, means the portion in the United States of the international pipeline project associated with the permittee’s application for a Presidential permit filed on May 4, 2012, and resubmitted on January 26, 2017, and any land, structures, installations, or equipment appurtenant thereto.

The term “Border facilities,” as used in this permit, means those parts of the Facilities consisting of a 36-inch diameter pipeline extending from the international border between the United States and Canada at a point in Phillips County, Montana, to and including the first mainline shut-off valve in the United States located approximately 1.2 miles from the international border, and any land, structures, installations, or equipment appurtenant thereto.

This permit is subject to the following conditions:

Article 1.  (1)  The Border facilities herein described, and all aspects of their operation, shall be subject to all the conditions, provisions, and requirements of this permit and any subsequent Presidential amendment to it.  This permit may be terminated, revoked, or amended at any time at the sole discretion of the President of the United States (the “President”), with or without advice provided by any executive department or agency (agency).  The permittee shall make no substantial change in the Border facilities, in the location of the Border facilities, or in the operation authorized by this permit until the permittee has notified the President or his designee of such change and the President has approved the change.

(2)  The construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Facilities (not including the route) shall be, in all material respects and as consistent with applicable law, as described in the permittee’s application for a Presidential permit filed on May 4, 2012, and resubmitted on January 26, 2017.

Article 2.  The standards for, and the manner of, construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Border facilities shall be subject to inspection by the representatives of appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies.  Officers and employees of such agencies who are duly authorized and performing their official duties shall be granted free and unrestricted access to the Border facilities by the permittee.  Consistent with Article 10, this permit shall remain in effect until terminated, revoked, or amended by the President.

Article 3.  Upon the termination, revocation, or surrender of this permit, unless otherwise decided by the President, the permittee, at its own expense, shall remove the Border facilities within such time as the President may specify.  If the permittee fails to comply with an order to remove, or to take such other appropriate action with respect to, the Border facilities, the President may direct that possession of such Border facilities be taken — or that they be removed or that other action be taken — at the expense of the permittee.  The permittee shall have no claim for damages caused by any such possession, removal, or other action.

Article 4.  When, in the judgment of the President, ensuring the national security of the United States requires entering upon and taking possession of any of the Border facilities or parts thereof, and retaining possession, management, or control thereof for such a length of time as the President may deem necessary, the United States shall have the right to do so, provided that the President or his designee has given due notice to the permittee.  The United States shall also have the right thereafter to restore possession and control to the permittee.  In the event that the United States shall exercise the rights described in this article, it shall pay to the permittee just and fair compensation for the use of such Border facilities, upon the basis of a reasonable profit in normal conditions, and shall bear the cost of restoring Border facilities to their previous condition, less the reasonable value of any improvements that may have been made by the United States.

Article 5.  Any transfer of ownership or control of the Border facilities, or any part thereof, shall be immediately communicated in writing to the President or his designee, and shall include information identifying the transferee.  Notwithstanding any transfer of ownership or control of the Border facilities, or any part thereof, this permit shall remain in force subject to all of its conditions, permissions, and requirements, and any amendments thereto, unless subsequently terminated, revoked, or amended by the President.

Article 6.  (1)  The permittee is responsible for acquiring any right-of-way grants or easements, permits, and other authorizations as may become necessary or appropriate.

(2)  The permittee shall hold harmless and indemnify the United States from any claimed or adjudged liability arising out of construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of the Facilities, including environmental contamination from the release, threatened release, or discharge of hazardous substances or hazardous waste.

(3)  To ensure the safe operation of the Border facilities, the permittee shall maintain them and every part of them in a condition of good repair and in compliance with applicable law.

Article 7.  The permittee shall file with the President or his designee, and with appropriate agencies, such sworn statements or reports with respect to the Border facilities, or the permittee’s activities and operations in connection therewith, as are now, or may hereafter, be required under any law or regulation of the United States Government or its agencies.  These reporting obligations do not alter the intent that this permit be operative as a directive issued by the President alone.

Article 8.  Upon request, the permittee shall provide appropriate information to the President or his designee with regard to the Border facilities.  Such requests could include, for example, information concerning current conditions or anticipated changes in ownership or control, construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of the Border facilities.

Article 9.  The permittee shall provide written notice to the President or his designee at the time that the construction authorized by this permit begins, at such time as such construction is completed, interrupted, or discontinued, and at other times as may be requested by the President.

Article 10.  This permit shall expire 5 years from the date of its issuance if the permittee has not commenced construction of the Border facilities by that date.

Article 11.  This permit is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, have hereunto set my hand this twenty ninth day of March, 2019, in the City of Washington, District of Columbia.

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

A cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s agenda has been to promote domestic energy production, create jobs and improve economic growth, and he has directed federal agencies to replace or repeal burdensome and outdated regulations that stand in the way of these objectives.

Accordingly, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reviewed the previous administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). Many believe the agency greatly exceeded its authority by promulgating the CPP, which is why 150 entities, including 27 states, 24 trade associations, 37 rural electric co-ops and three labor unions challenged the rule. A majority of Congress formally disapproved of the CPP, and the Supreme Court stayed its implementation —an unprecedented intervention by the nation’s highest court.

Aside from legal concerns, the CPP’s punitive demands on energy providers would have unnecessarily raised electricity prices, decreased the competitiveness of America’s manufacturers, cost Americans jobs and undermined the nation’s energy security. For example, an economic analysis by the National Economic Research Associates found that the CPP could have caused double-digit electricity price increases in 40 states.

Unfortunately, low- and middle-income Americans, many of them minorities and senior citizens, would have borne the brunt of that burden. According to a 2015 analysis of energy prices, middle-income Americans spend nearly 20 percent of their after-tax income on residential and transportation energy; low-income Americans spend more than 20 percent.

The Trump administration’s plan respects the law, promotes energy independence and supports economic growth and job creation. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE), would restore the states’ proper role under the Clean Air Act and our system of federalism. Our plan would allow states to establish standards of performance that meet EPA emissions guidelines. Unlike the CPP, the ACE rule would not interfere with states as they construct diverse, reliable energy portfolios that can provide affordable energy to fuel economic growth.

ACE also would update EPA’s New Source Review (NSR) permitting program. Previously, NSR regularly discouraged companies from employing the latest energy-efficient equipment. Our NSR updates would remove regulatory barriers and further incentivize our nation’s power plants to upgrade their facilities in an environmentally beneficial way.

EPA takes its Clean Air Act responsibilities seriously and is committed to providing certainty to state and industry partners. We will not use our authority to pick winners and losers in the energy marketplace. Rather, our proposal would permit states to make energy decisions based on what works best for them rather than what the federal government tells them to do. The era of top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates is over.

Our rule also would ensure that America remains the gold standard for energy production and environmental protection. From 2005 to 2017, U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 14 percent, according to the Energy Information Administration, while global emissions increased over 20 percent.

Additionally, since 1970, total emissions of the six criteria air pollutants (carbon monoxide, lead, ground-level ozone, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide) established under the Clean Air Act have dropped 73 percent, while the economy grew over 260 percent.

The bottom line is that the United States is achieving energy dominance while reducing energy-related carbon emissions and improving air quality and public health. No other nation in the world can claim likewise.

The CPP would have stunted this progress through regulatory overreach. It threatened energy security and prosperity to produce a negligible impact on the climate by the year 2100. Under the ACE rule, carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector will continue to fall.

Reliable and affordable energy is the foundation of America’s strength. Without it, our prosperity and security can fall outside our control.

The president understands this. His administration is repealing unnecessary barriers to energy development at an unrivaled pace. EPA is acting to provide the states and the energy sector the regulatory certainty they need to continue our environmental progress while providing modern, reliable energy that all Americans can afford.

Andrew Wheeler is Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. This op-ed appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on August 21, 2018.

A.G. William Barr Testifying – 4/9/2019

 

Instead of working on the Department of Justice Budget Hearing, the Democrats are holding an inquisition of AG Barr because their Trump collusion lies fell through. They can’t accept the fact that President Trump has been CLEARED of the Russia Hoax created by Democrats.  That will be a discussion for another day.  Those who worked to destroy and unseat a duly elected president will be held accountable.

Re: Immigration – Remarks by President Trump in Roundtable on Immigration and Border Security | Calexico, California – 4/5/2019

If you look at our southern border, the number of people and the number of the amount of drugs, human trafficking — the human trafficking is something that nobody used to talk about.  I talk about it.  It’s a terrible thing.  It’s ancient and it’s never been bigger than it is — modern, right now, today.  All over the world, by the way, not just here.  All over the world.  Human trafficking — a terrible thing.  President Trump

 

 

U.S. Border Patrol Calexico Station
Calexico, California

12:39 P.M. PDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all very much.  It’s a great honor.  And I’ll be here many times.  We’re building a lot of wall.  We’re going to look at a piece of it today.  And I was just told it had a tremendous — it’s had a tremendous impact already — the piece that we’re going to be looking at.

But we have — under contract and under construction — we have a lot of things happening.  And we expect to have close to 400 miles done within about two years from now.  That’s a lot.  Four hundred miles will cover most of it.

I just want to thank everybody for being here.  We have some of our great, great people from the state.  And of all places, it’s California.  And we love California.  But those people wanted us to build wall and we got it built — including the wall in San Diego, which is pretty much completed and it’s had a tremendous impact.  That wall has had, Kevin, a tremendous impact.

So I want to thank the Border Patrol Station in Calexio –Calexico, and it’s been a great group of people.  I just met them backstage.  And the way you work is pretty incredible.  And the job you do is beyond belief.

We have a system that’s full.  It’s just full.  And I was telling some of the people before: If it’s full, there’s nothing you can do about it.  We have some horrible court decisions that have been made over the years.  It’s very unfair and that’s the way it is.

But the system is full.  And when it’s full, there’s nothing you can do.  You have to say, “I’m sorry, we can’t take you.”  We’ve been trying to take people, and I have to disagree with it.  We’ve been trying to take people and you can’t do it.  You can’t do it.  So we’re going to look at that and we’re going to look at it very, very strongly.

I’d like to thank Secretary Nielsen for being here; General Semonite, Chief of Army Corps of Engineers, for being here.  Really, thank you very much.  It’s been fantastic, the job you’ve done.  And you’re going to be speaking later on and explaining exactly that’s happening with the wall and how much.  In fact, we’re going to be doing some of it now, I think.  Probably a better time to do it.

Commissioner Kevin McAleenan of our group.  We have spent a lot of time together.  And, Kevin, you’re doing a great job.  And thank you very much for being here.  Appreciate it.

California Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez.  We appreciate very much.  Melissa, thank you very much.  I appreciate it.  National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd.  Been a friend of mine for a long time.  And making a lot of progress, Brandon.  And I’ll tell you, we’re really making progress in letting people know that this is an absolute emergency.

 

 

I see that some of our biggest opponents, over the last two days, have said, “You know what?  It really is an emergency.”  They can’t believe what’s happening.  And part of it is because of the fact that the country is doing so well.  And part of it is just a scam.  People want to come in and they shouldn’t be coming in.  They shouldn’t be coming in.  And there are people that are causing problems, and gang members and lots of others.  We’re getting them out.  We’re stopping them, for the most part, but we’re getting them out when they do get in.  And nobody has done the job we’ve done.

National Border Patrol Council President — so, I want to thank you very much.  You’ve been fantastic.  And several members of law enforcement.   I want to also thank Leader Kevin McCarthy.  He came in from Washington with us today.  He’s been an amazing leader.  The relationship is the best we’ve ever had, I think, as Republicans — the unification, the unified nature of what we’re doing has been really something very special.  And I want to thank Kevin very much.  You’re doing a fantastic job.  I appreciate it.

And I think you and your group are going to be leading the charge on getting rid of some of these horrible loopholes that everybody knows is very bad.  Whether it’s catch and release or whether it’s visa lottery, so many of them — chain migration is a total disaster.  The asylum laws are broken.  They’re totally broken.

And, look, I inherited this stuff, and we’re going to get it fixed.  We have to.

So Kevin, I appreciate you being here and I appreciate you leading the charge.

I also want to state that there is indeed an emergency on our southern border.  It’s been loud and clear.  We’re in court and a lot of people aren’t even bringing too many of the suits anymore.  A lot of people are going to bring the suit; pretty hard of them to say there’s not an emergency.  We have a big emergency at our southern border.

The United States had more than 70,000 illegal migrants rush our border.  They rush our border.  And we have military, and these are great military people.  These are people that are strong and solid and love our country.  But they can’t act the way they would under other conditions and there’s not a lot they can do, but they’ve been doing it anyway.  And we’re going to bring up some more military.

And want to also thank Mexico, because Mexico — and I’m totally willing to close the border — but Mexico, over the last four days, has done more than they’ve ever done.  We were talking about that before, Kevin.  They’re apprehending people now by the thousands and bringing them back to their countries, bringing them back to where they came from.  And I think you see that.  That’s at their southern border.  And that’s a big difference.  That will help us, you know — pretty much 90 percent, 80 percent.  What do you think, fellas?  Pretty close, right?  But that’s a big difference.  They’ve never done that before.  I mean, when I say “never done it,” I mean, like, in 30 years, they’ve never done it like they’re doing it right now.

So the crisis is a direct result of the obstruction by Democrats in Congress.  And we have to do something about it.  And we’re going to.  And I think a lot of the Democrats feel that way, too.  I think they feel it.  They see it.  There’s not much they can do, but to say, “Wow.  What was that I just saw on television?”

Since October, agents along the 70-mile stretch of border here in El Centro Sector have seen a nearly 400 percent increase in family units arriving in the sector.  And you compare that with other years, it’s pretty amazing.

But what we’ve done and what we’re doing, you’re going to see some very, very strong results.  And as soon as the barriers — or the walls; I like calling them “walls” because that’s what they are — go up, you’re going to have a tremendous impact.  Where we are going to be, in a little while, I’ve heard from people in that area that the impact has been incredible.

It’s a colossal surge and it’s overwhelming our immigration system, and we can’t let that happen.  So, as I say, and this is our new statement: The system is full.  Can’t take you anymore. Whether it’s asylum, whether it’s anything you want, it’s illegal immigration.  We can’t take you anymore.  We can’t take you.  Our country is full.  Our area is full.  The sector is full.  Can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry.  Can’t happen.  So turn around.  That’s the way it is.If you look at our southern border, the number of people and the number of the amount of drugs, human trafficking — the human trafficking is something that nobody used to talk about.  I talk about it.  It’s a terrible thing.  It’s ancient and it’s never been bigger than it is — modern, right now, today.  All over the world, by the way, not just here.  All over the world.  Human trafficking — a terrible thing.

And they come into the areas of the border where you don’t have the wall.  They don’t come through your points of entry.  They come into areas where you don’t have the wall.  And they make a left, or they make a right.  They come right into the country — loaded up with people, in many cases.  And it’s pretty sad.

By the end of next year, we’ll have completed or begun construction — and that’s what we’re really here with the Army Corps of Engineers for.  And I think what I’d like to do is — while we’re on that subject, General, if you could just give a little detail of the wall that’s under construction, what we’ve built, where we’re going, because the press never likes to talk about it.  They don’t like to talk about what we’ve done.  It doesn’t fit their narrative, but we’ve done a lot.  We’ve renovated a lot and we’re building a lot.  And maybe you could give a little summation of that now.

LIEUTENANT GENERAL SEMONITE:  Thanks, Mr. President.  You know, before we talk concrete and steel, though, I think it’s important to talk a little bit about, you know, maybe service to the nation and protecting this country.  Four days ago, I was in a combat zone with our service members, and I saw the dedication that they have to be able to protect ourselves from overseas.  Unbelievable service.

But, sir, I would put these agents right in front of you today — the Customs and Border Patrol of the same exact team — they protect America here from within.  And I’ve been on the ground; I’ve seen the dedication they have.  And this is not for a paycheck.  This is not for any other kind of reward.  This is to be able to step up and take care of this country.

So I think that, before we do anything else, we’ve just got to make sure we have, you know, acknowledged the great work that these guys do.  A phenomenal job.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

LIEUTENANT GENERAL SEMONITE:  When it comes to the actual construction, the Corps of Engineers is very, very proud to work for Secretary Nielsen and the Commissioner.

We have put in the ground over 82 miles that is up to date.  And then, right now, by the end of this year, we’ll have another 97 miles that will go in.  And I’m really talking the entire depth of the border all the way across from Texas into California.  And then, sir, where the money that both Congress has appropriated and other money that you have been able to direct, we will put in the ground another 277 miles in the next year.  What that will end up with is by the end of — around December of 2020, the total amount of money that we will have put in the ground in the last couple of years will be about 450 miles.  That’s probably about $8 billion, in total about 33 different projects.

There are a lot of different complexities — some of that is on federal land, some of that is on private land, some of it can be done relatively quick because you don’t have to have a land acquisition.  Others we want to make sure we go through a due diligence.  But when it comes to both the capacity of the contract community to be able to execute this, the dedication of the CBP and DHS to be able to set the conditions for us to be able to build, and then, for our team on the ground, we are committed to continue to be able to make this happen.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, sir. So you heard the numbers.  The numbers are really spectacular.  We’ve gotten it, and it’s very, very tough to get money from the Democrats.  So I’m getting it for everything else, but we don’t get it for the wall.

But the good news is we are getting it for the ports — the ports of entry.  We are getting it for machinery.  The detection — drug detection machinery.  We’re getting a lot of money coming in and that’s good.  And the wall is like pulling teeth.  It’s pretty tough.

I want to just say — ICE Special Agent in Charge, Dave Shaw.  Where are you Dave?

SPECIAL AGENT SHAW:  Right here, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Dave, thank you very much for doing a great job.  I appreciate it very much.

We also have — in addition to Kevin McCarthy, we have some of our great people in Congress.  And I want I thank you all for being here: Doug LaMalfa, Duncan Hunter — where’s Duncan?  Where’s Duncan?  Hi, Duncan.  Hi.

REPRESENTATIVE HUNTER:  I’ll accept (inaudible).  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Hi.  He was right back there.  Thank you, Duncan.

Ken Calvert.  Thank you, Ken.  Thank you, Ken.  Appreciate it.

Chuck Fleischmann.  Chuck, thanks.  Great job you’re doing.

Tom McClintock.  What a good name that is.  My friend, too.  Thank you, Tom, very much.

Kay Granger.  Kay?  Thank you very much.  Great job.

And Mike Rogers.  Thanks, Mike.  Really terrific.

And they have been working hard.  Working all the time.  This is one of their big things that they work on.  They feel so strongly about it.

So with that, I’d like to maybe ask you to say a few words, Gloria.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  Well —

THE PRESIDENT:  And I appreciate what I see over there.  That’s very nice.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  Thank you, Mr. President, very much.  On behalf of the men and women on the El Centro Sector, and myself, I just — we’re extremely honored that you took the time to come out here, learn about our challenges, our needs out here in the 70 miles of border that our agents patrol.

You’re absolutely correct, General.  These men and women go above and beyond the call of duty here for the work that they handle on that border.  We are part of several other sectors on the southern border that are overwhelmed.  Our resources are extremely strained.  The — we are not prepared to deal with the amount of people, family units, and children, and now organized caravans that are coming across this border today.

Our agents are being stretched in so many different directions.  I am truly proud of every single one of them because they do so much to protect this country —

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  — and even continue with the processing and enduring the callous actions of these smugglers.

Here in this sector, just this year, Fiscal Year ’19, we have identified 193 fake families — people who are just teaming up kids with them to come through because they know that they can get a court date later and be able to get released into the community.

So those are the challenges that the agents are dealing with.  But they’re out there.  They’re trying to investigate as much as they can to get it done.

We touched on the wall.  And, you know, we’re very fortunate here in the El Centro Sector.  We have about 58 miles of border barrier.  Most of it is old.  It’s ineffective for us nowadays.  It’s over 20 years old.  And for groups that come over, it’s very easily for them to cross.

So, fortunately, with your approval, last year we were able to construct, with the help of DOD — by the way, DOD: phenomenal.

THE PRESIDENT:  Good.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  Phenomenal support that we’ve been receiving from the Department of Defense.  Without their support we wouldn’t be as efficient as are, operationally, because they are here providing us that support from the behind the scenes.

Right now we have 37 Marines out there monitoring cameras for us.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  Yeah.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  So those are 37 Border Patrol Agents that don’t have to be doing that duty because they’re on the frontline.

But one of the things I wanted to bring up was: That border wall was constructed in eight months, from February to October.  As soon as it was completed, we started measuring and we started monitoring its effectiveness.  So for the first quarter of FY19, we have had many, many efficiencies noted.

For example: illegal entries, in general — they decreased by 75 percent.  Central American people that used to get arrested right through that area decreased by 86 percent.  India nationals — this sector was leading the country with India national apprehensions for like two or three years.  The wall goes up; it drops by 56 percent.

The use of force incidents — which are more important to me than anything because it’s assaults and incidents that directly affect our Border Patrol agents doing the job on the border — they dropped by 65 percent in those two miles of 30-foot border wall.  So the border wall works for us.

For Border Patrol agents, a border wall system is what works.  We need the border barrier.  We need to provide the requirements that meet our need.  In this case, for us, it’s 30 feet high.  That’s what we ask for and that’s what was provided.  So thank you —

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  — on behalf of the Border Patrol here for allowing us to have that.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  That’s very nice.  I appreciate it.  (Applause.)

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  Appreciate it.  Thank you to you guys, to all of you.

THE PRESIDENT:  And usually, that 35 percent is coming around; they’re not going over because, when people are watching, they’re not going over.  They’re going around where it ends.  So it goes, and it ends, and they’ll go around because it’s virtually 100 percent effective in terms of going through.

So as we extend it, it becomes — as you know folks know better than anybody — as we extend it, it becomes virtually impossible, except for a Mount-Everest-type climber.  And there aren’t too many of them.  (Laughter.)  It becomes virtually impossible to go through.  So that’s really something.  Those are great.  Thank you very much.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  Thank you, Mr. President.

I did ask the team of agents — they didn’t want — did not want you to leave from here — because your time is precious — they wanted to present you with a nice memento —

THE PRESIDENT:  Wow.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  — in appreciation for all the support that you’ve given us.  So we went ahead and secured a piece of the new border wall that is out here in El Centro Sector.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s nice.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  And I would like to present this to you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  It reads this way, it says:

Number 45, Mr. President, the agents and employees of the U.S. Border Patrol, El Centro Sector are the tip of the spear proudly defending America’s borders.  In recognition of your commitment and unwavering support for the men and women on the frontlines and the border security mission of the United States, we would like to present you with this piece of the first 30-foot border wall installed along the United States border with Mexico.  Honor first.  United States Border Patrol.  El Centro Sector.  April 5th, 2019.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s beautiful.  Thank you.  Thank you, Gloria.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  So thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s a heavy piece of wall.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  Yes, it is.  (Laughter.)  Yes, it is.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  Appreciate it.  We’ll keep it here.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

Madam Secretary, please.

SECRETARY NIELSEN:  Oh, sir I — I think Gloria probably said it quite well and General Semonite.  I just want to thank you always for coming out to the field to listen to the men and women.  We greatly appreciate your support.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

SECRETARY NIELSEN:  And I want to thank all of our folks from Congress for being here.  We really appreciate you listening to the men and women who are on the “tip of the spear,” as Gloria said, and helping us resource the Department to do the mission that you’ve given us.

So thank you all for being here.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  I appreciate it.

Brandon?

MR. JUDD:  Mr. President, thank you very much for having me here.  The men and women of the Border Patrol really appreciate your time.  We know that Air Force One has never seen — in your predecessor’s time, Air Force One has never been this close to the border before.  So these men and women here, they greatly appreciate you coming out and the time that you’ve given them.  (Applause.)

And, by the way, I didn’t think Secret Service was supposed to let guns in the room.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.

MR. JUDD:  What’s up with that?

THE PRESIDENT:  We trust him.  We trust him, I think.

MR. JUDD:  On a — on a serious note, I began my career right here in El Centro 21 years ago — in the El Centro Sector.

I work with people like Butch Mauldin, Pat Whipple, Mario Campos, Mike Matzke.  We work pre-wall, post-wall.  We’ve seen what happens when walls are built.  We’ve seen how illegal immigration is driven low when we build those physical barriers.  People say that it’s “archaic.”  People say that they don’t work, but in reality — and what Chief Chavez just explained — those walls do, in fact, work.

Frankly — and I appreciate the congressmen that are here, because I know they support your agenda — but, for those congressmen that want to be obstructionists, I say if they’re not going to be a part of the solution, at least get out of your way.  Let your administration —

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

MR. JUDD:  — do what needs to be done to get the border secure.

And with that, I’ll turn it back over to you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I just want to thank you.  You’ve been an incredible representative of your men and women, I can tell you that.  He’s constantly getting us to do what’s right.  And Chris and so many others, you guys are fantastic and I appreciate it.  Even from before I started, they were calling.  They want to see it happen.  And it’s happening.  And I want to just thank you very much.

I — you know, when you talk about previous administrations — so we have a stretch along the Rio Grande where — and you people know exactly where I’m talking about.  It’s about 38 miles — done by, actually, both previous administrations.  It was sort of done as a combination of one going into the other.  And it’s a wall — not a good-looking wall.  It’s a wall.  It’s got 36 doors in it.  Big doors.  Very big doors.  And they never put the doors on.  So it’s 38 miles with 36 doors that you can drive a truck through.  There’s only one problem: They never put the doors on it.

So we’re putting the doors on it.  Or, even better, maybe not putting any doors.  I said, “Maybe you do it without the doors.”  Because putting the doors on cost most than the property is worth.  I’d rather give the money for the property and just say, “Bye-bye,” or sell it to somebody on the other side.

But, I mean, literally, putting the doors on cost more money.  I said, “What’s the property worth on the other side?”  “Much less than the doors.”  These are doors with the hydraulic.  They need hydraulic because they’re so heavy, which is ridiculous in itself.

But — so that’s the kind of thinking that went into this.  So now we’re filling up those big — those big, gaping wounds in this wall.  And it’s going to have a big effect.  And we’re adding to it very substantially in that area — the Rio Grande area.  And you know exactly the area I’m talking about, right?

LIEUTENANT GENERAL SEMONITE:  Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  You’d never saw anything like that.  He said, “I’ve never seen this one before.”  A wall and big holes in it.

So a lot of good things are happening.

Would you like to say a few words?  Please.

SHERIFF MIMS:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Welcome to California.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Appreciate it.

SHERIFF MIMS:  Margaret Mims, Sheriff of Fresno, California.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes.

SHERIFF MIMS:  And thank you for your personal attention to the very important issue of border security.  You know, I talked to local law enforcement across our nation, and always the number-one issue is border security when we talk about our issues.

An uncontrolled, unsecure border directly affects our local communities.  And without a secure border, transnational gangs, human traffickers, and drug cartels will take advantage of any opportunity to exploit our current border crisis to further their criminal behavior in our local communities.

We’ve experienced this firsthand.  We have seen increased fentanyl traffickers and deaths in the Central Valley of California as a result of fentanyl overdoses.  We’ve also seen MS-13 gang members from El Salvador commit horrendous, vicious murders.  Our investigations into this gang resulted in connecting 18 homicides committed in three western states.

I want to commend all of our federal law enforcement partners from Homeland Security and especially the Border Patrol today because what you do here makes a difference in our local communities and the job that you do is under very difficult circumstances.

Mr. President, there is a border crisis.  And this crisis does not stay at the border.  It trickles into our local communities, stretching the resources of local agencies.  We must do everything we can to protect our communities from this threat.  Border security is more important now than ever.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  And you’re right about that.  It goes into Iowa and Idaho and New Hampshire and — you know, it’s not the border, it’s the border and then they come in and you end up in places that you would never think of — of the kind of crime that we see.  And it comes right through this border.  It starts right here.  That’s why, if we stop them at the southern border of Mexico — which, right now, Mexico is doing — that would be a fantastic thing.  And I think that’s happening.  I think it’s hap- — never been before.  Never — nobody’s ever seen anything like it.

All of a sudden, Mexico is doing terrifically.  They have to because you’ve all seen — and I don’t want to do this, but it would be a very profitable situation — we’re going to have to tariff the cars coming in from Mexico to the United States.  And if that doesn’t work, which it will, we’ll close the border.

Somebody said it will take a year.  No, it won’t take a year, it will take a day.  They wrote, you know, a lot of fake news — I said, “in a year.”

Well, the tariffs will work, number one.  But what will work — really work — is the closing of the border.  We hope we don’t have to do that, but I’ll do it because, ultimately, the security of our nation is the most important thing.  And we’re not even talking about the drugs, the massive amount of drugs that pours through.  And it would have a tremendous impact.

And we’re going to be working on that.  We’ve been working on that.  We’ve done a tremendous job on drugs coming into the country.  If you look at some of the numbers — we’re having a news conference next week at the White House on the impact that we’ve had — between opioid and all of the other problems we have — with drugs.  Different drugs than we had 10, 15, 20 years ago — much different — but also the drugs coming in through the border.  We’ve had a great impact.

Joseph, would you like to say a few words?  Looks like he’s in good shape, this guy.  (Laughter.)

WATCH COMMANDER REMENAR:  Well, Mr. President, good afternoon.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

WATCH COMMANDER REMENAR: Thank you for coming here to Calexico Station.  We’re happy to have you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

WATCH COMMANDER REMENAR:  I’d like to talk to you a little bit about the border wall and what it’s done for us here and the activity levels.  And when I talk about activity levels, I’m not just referencing the illegal apprehensions or illegal entries; I’m also talking about things like assaults, uses of force, manpower deployments, and statistics related to OTMs — other-than-Mexicans — and also family units.

Now, immediately, as you said, we saw some incredible results from the border wall.  We saw a 75 percent decrease in the first quarter of Fiscal Year ’19 in illegal entries; 65 percent decrease in assaults and uses of force.  Prior to that — prior to the construction, we were number one in the nation in uses of force and number two in the nation in assaults.  So that’s been huge for us.

Prior to the construction of a wall, we had a — or, excuse me, after the construction of the wall, we had an 86 percent decrease in illegal aliens from the golden — or excuse me, the Northern Triangle countries: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

We also saw that we were able to redeploy — decrease 38 percent of our manpower in those areas and deploy them to other parts of the border so that they could be more effective out there.

We have apprehended 40 — or, excuse me, aliens from 40 different unique countries across the globe.

Now, in support of the border wall, when you move to other parts of the border where the fence is less effective — we’ll speak about downtown Calexico, for instance — we have an older, much less effective, picket-style fence.  Much shorter — 15 feet.  Luckily, we were able to bolster that infrastructure with concertina wire in early December.  The DOD helped with that.

THE PRESIDENT:  Very effective.

WATCH COMMANDER REMENAR:  Very effective.  Fifty-three percent decrease in illegal entries after the concertina wire was deployed.

We also had some unintended consequences.  We saw a 228 percent increase in fence breaches due to the inferiority of the fence in that area.  These fence breaches have cost us $317,000 so far to repair.  And they keep going.

Now, contrast that with the new wall, and we’ve only seen three breaches post-construction, which is — compare that, we have total — I said “228 percent increase,” but it’s been a total of 538 since the c-wire went up in December.

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.  Right.

WATCH COMMANDER REMENAR:  These breaches though, they don’t just represent the ease in which the aliens can enter the United States, they also represent a significant challenge and security and safety challenge to our Border Patrol agents on the lines.

We saw a 143 percent increase in the assaults against our agents in this area with the breaches.  A couple of months ago, an agent was responding to a breach where several illegal aliens had already pushed through the border.  He was struck in the back in the neck with a rock and required hospitalization.

Just last month, a female agent was monitoring cross-border traffic when an illegal alien — a self-admitted gang member — with a rusted lawn mower blade in his hand, threw it through the agent’s closed window.  Luckily, she saw the assailant out of the corner of her eye as he was coming at her, and she was able to actually put up her left hand and block that lawn mower blade from hitting her in the face, but she did sustain injuries to her arm.  So it’s a significant challenge to us.

I referenced the OTM and family unit statistics earlier.  The stretch of border now, where — specifically in the Calexico Station, where we see all of those aliens — just happens to be where we have the oldest, most outdated infrastructure in the sector.  It’s the old — what we call the “landings mat” style fence.  Ninety percent of all the OTMs and family units that enter in El Centro — excuse me, in Calexico Station, enter through that area.  It represents a 77 percent increase over the same time last year.

Mr. President, at the end of the day, walls work, infrastructure works.  We need more wall, we need more manpower, and we need more technology.  And the mix of those is incredibly important.  I can’t stress that enough.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Joseph.  The people of Calexico have been incredible.  They’ve really rolled out the red carpet.  We appreciate it.

And, let me ask you a question — you or Brandon — or both, you could ask.  What do you do when we have military and we have the great Border Patrol and we have everybody here, but you have big open sections for miles and miles before we build a wall?  We’re building it now, but before — how do you stop these large numbers of people coming?

You’re not — look, other countries — what they do is very, very tough.  We can’t do what they do.  You understand that.  We can’t do what they do.  We don’t want to do what they do.  But how do you stop these large, sometimes massive groups of people from just pouring through?  What do you do?  Prior to the wall.  Once the wall is up, it’s easy.

WATCH COMMANDER REMENAR:  Well, you just grab as many as you can.  You arrest as many as you can.  And the ones that get away, get away.

MR. JUDD:  But there was nothing — there is nothing that you can do to physically keep them out of the country.  That’s what barriers are for.  They physically keep people out.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  And —

SECRETARY NIELSEN:  Groups, as you know, are going up.  It used to be that we’d see, maybe, one group a year of over a hundred.  We’ve already seen over a hundred groups of over a hundred people, which is a hundred reaching our border at one time that the Border Patrol goes and picks up.  And they’re being very, as usual, humble.  They also save thousands of people every year — many of whom have been left for dead by the smugglers and traffickers.  So they take all parts of their mission seriously, but we need to resource them so they can do them all.

THE PRESIDENT:  And so, I just speak to the folks in the first, second, third row.  They’re very special people.  And some in the fourth row I see.  The system is full.  Can’t take anymore.  Sorry, folks.  Can’t take anymore.

Asylum — you know, I look at some of these asylum people; they’re gang members.  They’re not afraid of anything.  They have lawyers greeting them.  They read what the lawyer tells them to read.  They’re gang members.  And they say, “I fear for my life.  I…”  They’re the ones that are causing fear for life.

It’s a scam.  Okay?  It’s a scam.  It’s a hoax.  I know about hoaxes.  I just went through a hoax. (Laughter.)

So, our system is full.  We’re not taking them anymore.  Okay?  We can’t do it.  You can’t do it.  You know, you can go up to a point, but we can’t do it anymore.

Please.

SPECIAL AGENT SHAW:  Sir, I appreciate it.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, Secretary Nielsen.  I appreciate it.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.

SPECIAL AGENT SHAW:  It’s an honor to be here on behalf of ICE.  Like you said, America is facing an unprecedented crisis at the border.  The sheer volume of family units crossing the border has overwhelmed ICE’s limited resources and, as result, more than 126,000 people have been released into the U.S. since the end of last year.

The crisis is further amplified by the lack of space in our detention facilities, which is simply inadequate to handle the volume of illegal border crossings occurring daily.

Families are being released at the border with nothing more than a notice to appear in court, knowing full well that none of them ever will.

Meanwhile, ICE is exhausting its limited resources trying to increase bed space capacity for single adults.  At this point, we need more resources, including more officers and agents along the border and in the interior.  We need the funding and the authority to detain these aliens during their immigration proceedings.

In addition, as you know, current laws and court rulings — like the judicial interpretation of the Flores settlement agreement — have created pull factors that basically incentivize illegal migrants to cross our border by the thousands every day.  We must amend these outdated laws to deter the illegal immigration and prevent the effective operation of our lawful immigration system [sic].

It’s also — America is also facing a public safety crisis.  ICE has had to reassign hundreds of officers to the border, limiting our ability to arrest and remove criminal aliens, gang members, and public safety threats from our communities.  Just in fiscal year 2018, ICE arrested approximately 10,000 gang members, including 2,000 that were members of the MS-13 gang.  We also seized over a million pounds of narcotics, including 27,000 pounds of fentanyl.  Any reduction in these vital law enforcement efforts creates an unnecessary and unacceptable risk in our communities and for our citizens.

I appreciate your time, sir.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  You know, you mentioned fentanyl.  So, as you know, we’re working on a trade deal with China — that’s part of it.  They have agreed that they will not be — essentially, not sending it.  They’re going to criminalize it, which it’s not criminalized right now.  And they’re going to classify it in such a way that it’s very hard to send, make, and a lot of other things.  So we have some pretty good things coming on, because it comes — a lot of it, I guess most of it — comes in from China.  And President Xi, himself, has told me they’re going to do that.  We have an agreement and they have actually already started, so that’ll help you a lot.

SPECIAL AGENT SHAW:  Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Some of it’s coming right in here — right to Mexico, and then across.  So I think we’re going to take care of a lot of it.  Thank you very much.

SUPERVISOR GONZALEZ:  Thanks, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Please.

SUPERVISOR GONZALEZ:  Good afternoon, Mr. President.  Welcome to Calexico.  What we are currently encountering along the border — the entire southwest border — is truly a border humanitarian issue.  The influx of people, especially from Central America, is completely overwhelming our agents and our agency.  The apprehension demographic has completely changed from what it was in the past.  In previous years, the majority of our arrests were from people from Mexico.  Now those arrests are from Central America, especially with the threat that we have now of organized caravans coming to our borders and bringing thousands of people.

Mr. President, now the majority of our agents are assigned to transportation duties, processing duties, and hospital watch.  Here at El Centro Sector, that is with a workforce that is approximately 300 agents below the allowed amount.  To put things into perspective, approximately 60 agents per day are assigned to these duties.  If you look over here, that can go to the preparation of the food, the caring of the unaccompanied children, and helping the family units.  Those are 60 agents that can and should be patrolling our border.  That affects our national security.

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.

SUPERVISOR GONZALEZ:  As previously stated, El Centro Sector has seen an increase of 400 percent of family unit apprehensions.  That’s 400 percent.  We’ve seen an increase of 24 percent in the apprehensions of unaccompanied children.  What we’re seeing is minors being exploited and being implanted into these fake family units.  Transnational criminal organizations are coaching these families and even providing them with fraudulent documents to assist them with their claim.

Very recently, here in El Centro Sector, through an operation, we were able to rescue six minors that had been implanted into these fake family units.  What’s even more concerning is these children range from a 9-month-old infant to a 14-year-old.  Something that’s also — that we’re beginning to see are Mexico nationals claiming that they are from Central America in an attempt to exploit these loopholes and these old outdated immigration laws.

Mr. President, we are in daily communication with consulates from all over the world in an attempt to verify these family unit claims.  This task is nearly impossible because we don’t have the resources or just the logistics of what it takes to help us.  This is a complete crisis.  We need your assistance.  We need additional agents.  We need resources.  We are completely overwhelmed as agents and as an agency.  Thank you for your assistance.

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay.  Good.  And we’ll take care of it.  And I agree with you.  (Applause.)  (Inaudible.)

Good job.  We’ll take care of it.  Your turn.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MELENDEZ:  I’m up.  (Laughter.)  Thank you, Mr. President.  First, I want to thank you for your leadership on border security because the impacts are definitely felt in California.  And the second thing I want to do is — on behalf of my constituents and all Californians, I want to thank all of the men and women here whose job it is to make sure that that border is secure.  And it’s made more and more difficult every single day by the majority party in California.

As you recall, Governor Brown — when he was in office, he reluctantly allowed National Guard troops to go down to the border to assist.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s true.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MELENDEZ:  And then, Governor Newsom got into office and he very quickly said, “No more National Guard troops down at the border.  We don’t want to assist.”  That comes from the fact that the Democrats in California decided that California would be a sanctuary state.  That if you were an illegal immigrant, and you want to come into the United States, California is the place that you want to come.  We are going to roll out the red carpet.

That causes a strain not only on our taxpayers, not only on law enforcement, not only on our schools — I mean, it is across the board; it is felt everywhere.

THE PRESIDENT:  And by the way, it makes it much tougher for everybody.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MELENDEZ:  That’s right.

THE PRESIDENT:  I mean, they pour into these areas that — sanctuary cities are a disaster.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MELENDEZ:  Yep.

THE PRESIDENT:  They pour in.  And a lot of the places in California, they don’t want to be sanctuary cities.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MELENDEZ:  No, they —

THE PRESIDENT:  They’re actually asking not to be a sanctuary city, which is pretty incredible.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MELENDEZ:  We had a lot of cities across California —

THE PRESIDENT:  Absolutely.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MELENDEZ:  — a lot of people go to their city councils and demand that their city council state for the record that they would not become a sanctuary city — which, of course, didn’t work because the legislature said, “No, we’re going to become a sanctuary state.”

So we have the issue of drugs, which everyone here has spoken about.  I don’t need to add onto that.  I think we’re very clear on the problems with the drugs.  And we’re very clear on the financial burden that this places on this country and on this state.  But when everyone else in the world wants to say, “This is not a crisis,” what I would say to them is, Obama’s Secretary just — I think, last week — Jeh Johnson said he cannot imagine how these agents are managing the border and that it is a crisis.  So if Jeh Johnson can acknowledge it, I would hope that Democrats across this country could acknowledge it as well.

Because what is happening is Democrats are saying they want to take our border and change it from a border into a crosswalk, and we cannot have that.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, Jeh Johnson was great.  He — very strong statement.  And Mr. Morgan too, who worked for President Obama, said, “This is a problem…” — has been, not just now.  I mean, this has been going on — I think, probably, the economy and a lot of other things have brought them up even more.  We’ve had some every bad court decisions.  The Flores decision is a disaster, I have to tell you.  Judge Flores, whoever you may be, that decision is a disaster for our country.  A disaster.  And we’re working on that.

But I just want to thank you.  Great job you’re doing.  We really appreciate it.  We’re going to get it taken care of.  It’s all going to come together.  Thank you.

Kevin, please.

COMMISSIONER MCALEENAN:  Really quickly, Mr. President, I just wanted to echo Secretary Nielsen and Chief Chavez: Thank you for coming down to see us to listen to our men and women, to talk about the progress we’re making.

And you’ll see that with the resources that you supported for the border, with General Semonite’s team’s assistance.  That wall is formidable.  It’s making an impact in the security of this sector, but we need to continue to work with Congress on improving the laws.

As you noted, we need partnership from Mexico on these flows in attacking the criminals that are exploiting these individuals and, really, the ones that are profiting from this entire cycle.

And I just want to thank my men and women who do a tremendous job here every day.  I’m very, very proud of their commitment, even though they’re facing extreme challenges, as you’ve heard.

THE PRESIDENT:  And they’re central casting.  I’ve never seen a group of people like this.  (Laughter.)  Everyone is in perfect shape.  And you’re proud of what you do, right?  You wouldn’t trade places with me for anything.  I know that, right?  (Laughter.)  You’re smart.  Don’t do it.  (Laughter.)  Don’t do it.

You know, Dave, you were mentioning before about, you know, people coming in and they come in and they come in.  You don’t have to take them in.  When your system is packed, when you cannot get another person in, when every one of your detention areas is teeming and you have to let people go into a country — they can’t take them.  They can’t take them.  We don’t have room.  We don’t have room.  That means you can’t take them.  You understand it.

SPECIAL AGENT SHAW:  Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t think anyone has ever expressed it like that, but I’m expressing it like that.  When it’s full, it’s full; you can’t take them.  They go back to Mexico and Mexico will bring them back to their country, okay?  Or if they’re Mexican, it’s a step easier, frankly.  And again, over the last four days, Mexico has been very nice.  Okay?

So just to — because you made a point.  It was very interesting.  But you can’t take them; you can’t take them.  There’s nothing you can do, okay?

I’d like to maybe end by having a man who’s really been a help, and that’s Kevin McCarthy.  You can speak on behalf of your great representatives that are here with you.  And maybe you could stand up and say a few words, Kevin, because you’ve been very much at the forefront of this fight.  And you love this state very much.

MINORITY LEADER MCCARTHY:  Well, thank you, Mr. President.  And on behalf of all these members of Congress, we want to thank you.  We know you’re on the frontline — (applause) — and we do not intend to for you to be doing the job they’re asking you to do today.  We think you should be on the border.  And we don’t think that’s right.

We realize that current law — the way asylum is applied, the way they catch and release — does not allow you to do your job correctly.  And I don’t believe it was the intent of what American intended when they passed these (inaudible).

We want to work — bipartisan or anyway possible — but we’ve got to solve this problem.  It is a crisis.  We know that you are being overloaded.  But I want you to know that we think it’s a top priority and we will work with this President and we will work with anybody who wants to solve this problem.

So thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I really appreciate that.  Great job.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Kevin.

And, you know, Kevin mentioned catch and release.  You catch them and you release them.  I’m saying this for them because you people all get it.  It’s the dumbest thing anyone has ever heard.  Maybe — I’m trying to figure out which is the worst — which is the dumbest?  Is it chain migration or is it visa lottery?  “Pick them out of the hat.  Let’s go.”  Do you think they’re giving us their finest?  I don’t think so.  Right?  I don’t think so.  It’s just — it’s crazy.

And we have to work with the Democrats and get it all — we have to — look, we need common sense in our country.  This is about common sense.  This is about anything other than common sense and that’s what we need.

Now, Gloria has asked me to recognize — and she will recognize three people that she thinks are just outstanding.  Please.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  Thank you, Mr. President, for the opportunity.  There are three individuals in this audience today that I did not want to miss the opportunity to recognize in your presence.  So we have an agent, his name is Cesar Arroyo.  Cesar, if you could please stand.

Cesar Arroyo was off duty one night with his family.  It was his birthday.  He was headed to a local restaurant to celebrate that birthday.  Well, he witnessed an accident and the vehicle that was involved in the accident went airborne and fell into an irrigation canal.

In the vehicle was a mother and three children, and — to include an infant in the backseat.  Cesar immediately jumped out of his vehicle, ran across the street, and into the canal, and started working to save those individuals.  All four people out of that vehicle were pulled to safety to the canal bank while others got there to help him and assisted.

But it was his actions that truly reflect the character of what a Border Patrol agent is and I wanted to recognize those actions here today.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  That’s a great job.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  There is another Border Patrol agent, his name is Carlos Lara.  And Carlos was on duty as well.  And Carlos was on duty as well.  And Carlos witnessed an individual jump in — cross the border illegally — jump into an irrigation canal.  And he immediately took action to also jump in and rescue that individual and pull him to safety.

So for Carlos’s actions as well, I wanted to recognize that, Mr. President, because that happens on a regular basis here.  But that day, he went through an extreme hardship because of the all things he had to do to get that person.  And eventually, he was able to bring him to safety as well.  So thank you, Carlos, for your actions as well.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Carlos.  (Applause.)

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ:  And, Mr. President, last but not least, we have extraordinary mission support personnel — our civilian workforce — that works tirelessly behind the scenes to get the job done so that these Border Patrol agents are able to get to the frontline and get the work done.  From admin support secretaries, clerks; to timekeepers; to logistics directors; to logistics personnel; our mechanics that we couldn’t get, you know, a vehicle ready to go in the field without their help.

We have a young lady here today, her name is Nubia Avalos.  And Ms. Nubia is like our unsung hero behind the scenes who is constantly delivering excellence in every task that we assign to her.  This young lady here is the one in charge of your next 11 miles of 30-foot border wall —

THE PRESIDENT:  Very good.  Good.

CHIEF PATROL AGENT CHAVEZ: — that are going to start in June of 2019.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Very important.  Very important.  Thank you.

She’ll get it done.  On time, on budget — maybe under budget, right?  Under time, under budget.  That’s happened too, right?  Thank you very much.  Congratulations.

I just want to thank everybody.  We’re now going over to look at the new section of wall.  And we have a lot of it going up.

And again, General, I want to thank you for the job.  You’ve really got it together.  We have a lot of work under construction, but a lot more is coming in the very — very, very soon.  Money has been transferred.  Money has been approved.  And that wasn’t easy.

When you have people that don’t want to give you money, that’s not so easy.  But we know we need it.  We had no choice.

So I just want to thank you all.  And let’s go see the wall.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.

Q    Mr. President how does — how do you fix the asylum system?  You said you want to see asylum reform.  What do you specifically want to do about it?  Governor Newsom, today, saying that some of your ideas regarding asylum show a disregard for the Constitution.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, Governor Newsom, honestly, is living in a different world.  And that’s a very dangerous world he’s living in.  And if he keeps living there, lots of problems for the people of California.  They don’t want that.

They want to be secure.  They want to be safe.  And not only asylum, but many other things.  Loopholes.  When you have asylum substation where rough, tough people with criminal records are asking for asylum, it doesn’t work that way.  So we have a full system.  Nothing we can do.

Thank you very much, everybody.  Let’s go.  (Applause.)

END

1:31 P.M. PDT

LIVE: President Trump Speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Meeting In Las Vegas – 4/6/2019

The Commander-In-Chief addresses THE REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALITION

President Trump Is Live – Las Vegas – 4/6/2019  –

 

According to LifeZette:

Among those President Donald Trump called out at the beginning of his remarks on Saturday: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Trump referenced him as a great friend of Israel.

He also mentioned Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, “a young man” who is doing a “great job” as a strong supporter of Israel.

 

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THE PATRIOT-WELCOME: Clapper Sings – Former Director Of National Intelligence James Clapper – RATS OUT OBAMA

THE PATRIOT-WELCOME: Clapper Sings – Former Director Of National Intelligence James Clapper – RATS OUT OBAMA
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MAGA RALLY – President Trump Holds MAGA Rally In Grand Rapids, MI – 3/28/2019

We are all anxiously awaiting President Donald J. Trump, America’s President to arrive at the VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Soon he will walk through the blue curtains and we will get to hear from our dear Leader, President Trump.

Trump Rallies are exciting and a the safest place in America! #MAGA #KAG #wwg1wga  I love you all!

 

The PURGE In Real Life – Alarming Report From Kentucky: Louisville police respond to ‘Purge’ threats… — The Last Refuge

If you have not paid attention to an earlier explosive development in Louisville, which you wouldn’t know about because the MSM buried it, you might downplay this latest police response as an overreaction. Alas, there’s way more alarm within this story, than the media would ever be comfortable sharing. First, the report from Kentucky – and […]

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President Trump Presents The Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis w. Atkins, United States Army – 3/27/2019

 

President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry.

Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions of June 1, 2007, in support of IRAQI FREEDOM.  While serving in Iraq with Company D, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Staff Sergeant Atkins engaged in hand-to hand combat with a suspected insurgent.  As he attempted to subdue the man, Staff Sergeant Atkins realized the insurgent was attempting to detonate a bomb strapped to his body.  When he noticed the insurgent was about to trigger the suicide vest, Staff Sergeant Atkins tackled him, selflessly using his own body to shield his fellow soldiers from the imminent explosion.  Staff Sergeant Atkins’ heroic actions, at the cost of his life, saved the lives of three of his teammates.