US President Donald Trump has vowed to secure country’s international borders and prevent people from illegally entering America. He further added that he wants only merit-based people to come inside the country.
Trump, who earlier this week bent to public pressure and reversed the controversial migrant family separations policy, made the remarks while hosting family members of those killed by undocumented immigrants at an event at the White House on June 22.
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He stressed that his government's first duty and highest loyalty was towards the citizens of the United States, towards ensuring safety in the country and along the borders.
"We want people in our country based on merit, not based on a draw where other countries put their absolute worst in a bin and they start drawing people," he said told the victim families, also known as 'angel families'.
"You think they're going to put their good ones? They don't put their good ones, they put their bad ones. And then when they commit crimes, we're so surprised. We'll not rest until our border is secure, our citizens are safe, and we finally end the immigration crisis once and for all," he added.
He clarified that the US wants people to come in, but in the proper way.
"So, thank you all for being here, these are incredible families, incredible people. Your loved ones have not died in vain," he told the angel families.
He alleged that it is the stories of these families that the Opposition Democrats and people that are "weak on immigration" don't want to discuss.
"No major (news) network sent cameras to their homes or displayed the images of their incredible loved ones across the nightly news. They don't do that. They don't talk about the death and destruction caused by people that shouldn't be here, people that will continuously get into trouble and do bad things," Trump said.
According to a 2011 government report, he said, the arrests attached to the criminal alien population included an estimated 25,000 people for homicide, 42,000 for robbery, nearly 70,000 for sex offenses, and nearly 15,000 for kidnapping.
In 2016, he said, more than 15,000 Americans died from a heroin overdose. More than 90 per cent of the heroin comes from across the southern border. Because of sanctuary city policies, in fiscal 2017, more than 8,000 criminal aliens were in police custody, and were released because of weak laws.
"Where is the media outrage over the catch-and-release policies that allow deadly drugs to pour into our country? Where is the condemnation of the Democrats sanctuary cities that release violent criminals into our communities and then protect them, like the mayor of San Diego, when she warned everybody that 'ICE is coming', and they scattered," he asked.
The Trump Administration created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched the VOICE Office in April 2017, following an Executive Order by the President calling for its creation, he said.
(with PTI inputs)