Trump to Latino Coalition: Dems Are ‘Nowhere to Be Found’ on DACA

By Melanie Arter | March 8, 2018 | 11:52 AM EST

President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

( - President Donald Trump told the Latino Council Legislative Summit that his administration wants to have a victory for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Democrats are nowhere to be found on the issue.

And we're trying to have a DACA victory for everybody, by the way.  And the Democrats are nowhere to be found. They're nowhere to be found. It's really terrible. We're ready.  You know the expression, ‘Ready, willing, and able.’ We're ready, willing, and able. They are nowhere to be found,” he said.

Trump said protecting the country is his highest duty, which is why his administration is committed to securing the border, dismantling dangerous gangs, and stopping drugs from crossing the border. “A wealthy nation must be a safe nation,” he said.

“And we're doing a job, and I will say the Border Patrol and the ICE, and the all of the different people that are working so hard -- law enforcement, generally -- they're working so hard on the drug problem.  Never been a problem, but many countries are having this problem, but there's never been anything like it in the history of this world, and it's destroying people's lives - so many. And we're going to stop it. Every American child, regardless of where they live or what family they come from, should be able to grow up in a safe community,” Trump said.

“My administration submitted a balanced and responsible immigration reform plan to Congress.  Our plan fully secures the border; provides a permanent solution to DACA, which we're really working on; and modernizes our immigration system by ending extended-family migration and the lottery system so we can eventually have a merit-based system where people can come in and work for your companies, work for you, and do a phenomenal job -- a phenomenal job. People that love our country and that want to love our country and our people,” he said.

The president noted that most Latino voters want immigration to be based on skill, not relationship.

“These reforms are supported by the vast majority of Latino voters. In fact, more than 8 in 10 Latino voters think immigration to our country should be based on skill, not just a relationship with people you don't even know. This is the mainstream view of all Americans, including Latinos,” Trump said.

“Yet, the Senate Democrats filibustered our plan because they don’t care about the immigration system or reform, and they don’t want to solve the problem. They would rather use it to get elected. That's not working so well, but we remain committed to immigration reform that protects our country, strengthens our economy, and lifts our workers from poverty to prosperity,” he said.

“We want every American to know the dignity of work, the pride of a paycheck, and the satisfaction of a job well done, because when our people are free to live their lives and to follow their hearts, there is nothing -- nothing at all -- that we cannot achieve,” the president said.

“What we are witnessing now is the rebirth of the American Dream. Everybody in the world is talking about it.  It looks a little nasty when you watch the news, or as I sometimes call it, the fake news, but everybody in the world is talking about what's happening in the United States. It's really incredible. Best numbers in so many different ways -- companies, unemployment. So many records we're setting,” he said.  

“Hard-working Latinos” are making America great again, the president said.

“The whole world is talking about it, and each of you here today, along with millions of hard-working Latinos all across our nation, are making that dream into a reality. You're really making America great again. A lot of the people in this room are making America great again,” Trump added.


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