Transcript of President Trump’s Weekly White House Address For February 10:
My fellow Americans: This week prosecutors, law enforcement officers, homeland security officials, and lawmakers joined me at the White House to address a very vicious threat to our communities; the savage gang, MS-13.
Glaring loopholes in our laws have allowed criminals and gang members to break into our country. For example, under current law unaccompanied alien minors at the border are released to American communities no matter where, no matter how. It’s so easy for them because the laws are bad – and they have to be changed.
This loophole is easily exploited by MS-13 which now operates in at least forty states. In addition to MS-13, many other gangs are breaking into our country routinely because our laws are so weak, so sad, so pathetic.
At this week’s roundtable we learned the story of one family right here in Washington DC that hosted a person in their home who then began to recruit their young son to MS-13. When the boy’s mother tried to stop it, the gang members shot her in the head, blinding her for life. She’s lucky she lived, but she’s paying a very big price.
During my State of the Union, I called on Congress to immediately close dangerous loopholes in Federal Law that have endangered our communities and imposed enormous burdens on U.S. taxpayers. My administration has identified three major priorities for creating a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system: Fully securing the border, ending chain migration, and cancelling the Visa lottery.
Chain migration is a disaster and very unfair to our country. The Visa Lottery is something that should have never been allowed in the first place. People enter a lottery to come into our country. What kind of a system is that?
It is time for Congress to act and to protect Americans. Every member of Congress should choose the side of law enforcement, and the side of the American people. That’s the way it has to be. Thank you.
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— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 10, 2018