Thank you very much, thank you everybody. Great honor to be here we worked long and hard. Please sit down We’ve worked long and hard to get this done. They said it couldn’t be done and we got it done one of the largest infrastructure projects in the history of our country. I’m honored to be here in the Rio Grande Valley with the courageous men and women of customs and border patrol these people are incredible. They’re really incredible.
I’ve gotten to know you very well over the last four years Many of your friends from all of the work we did in designing the wall we got it exactly as you wanted it.
Everything including your protective plate on top. I say why did we put that and they said we need it for extra protection climb plate and we have everything you want it’s steel it’s concrete inside the steel and then it’s rebar a lot of heavy rebar inside the concrete and it’s as strong as you’re going to get and strong as you can have but we gave you 100 percent of what you wanted so now you have no excuses I didn’t want you to have any excuses and you set records.
And we can’t let the next administration even think about taking it down if you can believe that I don’t think that will happen I think when you see what it does and how it’s so important for our country nobody’s going to touching it and you are very proud of it and you’re proud of the work you did because we really designed it together
We’re joined together to celebrate a great achievement the extraordinarily successful building of the wall on the southern border,
Before we begin I’d like to say that free is under assault, like never before.
The 25th amendment is of zero risk to me, but it will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration.
As expression goes be careful what you wish for, the impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country.
And is causing tremendous anger and division and pain far greater than most people will ever understand which is very dangerous for the USA especially at this very tender time. And now I’d like to briefly address the events of last week.
Millions of our citizens watched on Wednesday as a mob stormed the capital and trashed the halls of government as I have consistently said throughout my administration we believe in respecting America’s history and traditions not tearing them down. We believe in the rule of law not in violence or rioting Because of the pandemic horrible horrible invisible enemy and despite our tremendous success developing a vaccine years before it was thought evenly remotely possible. Nobody thought it was going to be possible they said it would take five years sir it will take years all of our scientists were saying our advisors it will take seven years, five years, ten years maybe
Well we did it just like I said we would and we had it out years and years before they thought it was possible and we’re delivering it to States including your State where your governor and government are doing a terrific job in getting it administered Texas and Florida is doing great, some of them are doing great, some aren’t doing as well but they have all they can handle and we get it to them as fast as they need it. And even faster.
But they7re calling it a medical miracle and this has been a difficult year in a very difficult election The pandemic has made it very very difficult year for our country and virtually every country all over the world.
Now is the time to nation to heal and it’s time for peace and for calm respect for law enforcement and the great people within law enforcement so many are here is the foundation of the MAGA agenda. And we’re a nation of law and we’re a nation of order.
That is why we’re here today to talk about what we must do to uphold the rule of law in America,
And how we must continue to support our law enforcement heroes which is exactly what you are. Do you feel like a hero yeah I think you do right
You do and you are I want to thank customs and border patrol commissioner Mark Morgan who’s been incredible where’s Mark, Mark, stand up Mark! Great Job fantastic
Chief patrol agent Brian Hastings Brian thank you very much, great job. He’s so happy with he said sir this really works And most importantly the brave law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day to protect our families and our country
I also want to thank a tremendous gentleman a friend of mine Tom Holman. He’s great American patriot and he was with us right from the beginning right. Tom you knew exactly he said we need a wall, when they were saying no no we need drones we need drones I said why so you could watch the people pour into our country illegally and I want to thank you very much what a what a professional job you’ve done all of you people incredible
Everyone here today is part of an incredible success story this is a real success story
When I took office we inherited a broken dysfunctional and open border Everybody was pouring in at will working alongside the heroes in this great outdoor space looking at our wall we reformed our immigration system and achieved the most secure southern border in U.S. history,
It is at a level that It’s never been before. We took on the cartels the coyotes and special interests and we restored the rule of law
For years politicians ran for office promising to secure the border only to get elected And do the absolute exact opposite, they even promised a wall if you remember about 10 years ago, they promised a wall but they couldn’t get it built. It wasn’t easy getting it built Getting it financed was tough, getting it built was even tougher All the different chains of title and the different things we had to go through. Very very complex and very difficult we got it done but they had it years ago. You remember that better than anybody right And they never got it done. They never ever completed the task and then ultimately the money was sent back to the federal government Spent but no wall was built. But unlike those who came before me I kept my promises and today we celebrate an extraordinary milestone the completion of the promise 450 miles of border wall 450 miles nobody realizes how big that is
I remember when I first came down about a year and a half ago, we’re under construction, and I started walking and I’m looking at the wall and I’m walking and walking an I’m used to like a development project where you could walk a wall you know ten acres five acres two acres one acre then I realized that’s a long time, that’s a big walk, a lot of the wall you have is incredibly natural
It’s you have the mountains you have the rivers you have some very powerful water areas you have some areas that are virtually impossible to get by so we didn’t need walls everywhere but where we needed them because it’s been so successful that we’ve added nearly 300 miles and that’s currently under construction
This was our original wish to get these areas done where it was such trouble and now we have it. It’s either in construction or pre-construction an additional 300 miles in every region that we’ve built
The wall illegal crossings and drug smuggling have plummeted absolutely plummeted in the Rio Grande Valley crossings have dropped nearly 80 percent in Yuma Arizona illegal entries have been slashed by 90 percent. Nationwide ice and border patrol have seized over 2 million pounds of fentanyl heroin, meth and other deadly narcotics saving thousand and thousands of lives.
We’ve arrested nearly 500,000 illegal aliens with criminal records some with very serious criminal records of the type you don’t want to know about like murder.
We removed nearly 20,000 gang members from the United States including 4,500 members of MS13 probably the worst gang of them all through the landmark reforms we’ve put into place we have ended the immigration chaos and reestablished American sovereignty, our most important reform was ending catch and release not easy to do
You’re dealing with congress it’s very very difficult which is the functional equivalent of open borders but even worse catch and release them, it means release into our country not into another country.
This policy was exploited by vicious criminal organizations who understood the laws better than our people understood them for years.