“One way or the other,” the border will be secured, as he promised when running for office, President Donald Trump vowed Saturday in an address to the nation.
Offering concessions to Democrats on the issues of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for asylum-seekers in exchange for funding construction of a border security barrier on the U.S. southern border, Pres. Trump reminded America of the tragic cost of illegal immigration – and vowed to keep his campaign promise:
“I’ve gotten to know and love Angel Moms, dads and families who lost loved ones to people illegally in our country. I want this to end; it’s got to end now. These are not talking points. These are the heartbreaking realities that are hurting innocent, precious human beings every single day, on both sides of the border.
“As a candidate for president, I promised I would fix this crisis – and I intend to keep that promise one way the another.”
Both parties must come together and “reclaim our future from the extreme forces who fear compromise and demand open borders,” Trump said, before introducing his plan to end the government shutdown caused by the budget feud:
“The good news is, these problems can all be solved. But, only if we have the political courage to do what is just and what is right. Both sides in Washington must simply come together, listen to each, put down their armor, build trust, reach across the aisle and find solutions.
“It is time to reclaim our future from the extreme forces who fear compromise and demand open borders, which means drugs pouring in, human trafficking, and a lot of crime."