(CNSNews.com) - Television footage on Sunday showed U.S. troops setting up razor wire in Texas, as part of an attempt to seal more of the porous border with Mexico.
President Trump told a rally in Montana on Sunday that he is pleased with what he saw:
"And I noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today. It was some -- barbed wire used properly can be a beautiful sight.
"Women want safe neighborhoods for their families, great schools for their children, and they want violent predators like we're talking about to be thrown in jail or thrown the hell out of our country, and that's what we're doing. That's what we're doing."
Trump has made illegal immigration and border control a centerpiece of his campaign, and Democrats have allowed him to frame that argument.
Trump on Sunday said Democrats are "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to violate our laws, disrespect our rules and overrun our borders. They don't mind. They don't mind. They want them to come in. Look at what's going on in California with your gubernatorial candidate -- 'Come on in. We're going to pay for your school, your education.'
"You know, I jokingly said a couple of weeks ago, 'And then everybody's going to get a Rolls Royce.' And the fake news -- one particular person -- said, 'He said that they're going to get Rolls Royces, and that is not true.' Do you believe it? You can't tell a joke with these people. You can't be sarcastic with these people. I'm only kidding. They are not giving out Rolls Royces, please, OK? Fake news.
"The Democrat Party -- not the Democratic Party, but the Democrat Party wants to sign illegal aliens up for free healthcare, free welfare, free education; and what do they really want? The right to vote, because they figure that's the way they stay in office forever. Remember that. That's a big move."
Trump said illegal immigration costs American taxpayers more than $100 billion every year. "We need to use our precious resources to help Americans who follow our laws, not to reward illegal aliens who break into our country and break our laws.”
Here’s the rest of his argument:
Democrat immigration policies also enable drug smuggling, human trafficking and criminal cartels. Think of it: human trafficking. Do you know how bad? That's the lowest form of human being that does that. They kidnap people, many, many women. They kidnap, and they human traffic, and they're doing it in the world, worldwide.
The number one -- it's -- it's never been worse than it is right now because of the computer, because of the Internet. It's never been like it is. Human -- think of what human trafficking is. You would have thought that died out 300 years ago. It's at the highest level it's ever been now, because of the Internet, and we are fighting it hard. We're doing very well. It's horrible.
Nearly 100 percent of heroin in the United States enters through the southern border, along with roughly 90 percent of cocaine, the majority of meth and a substantial portion of the ultra-lethal fentanyl, which is killing our youth. These drugs kill 70,000-plus Americans every single year -- that's 70,000 that we know of -- destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Last year alone, our brave -- and you have to listen to this, because this number is unbelievable. Our ICE officers arrested more than 127,000 criminal aliens. Can you imagine? These are criminal aliens. These aren't like -- and they want to get rid of ICE. Even you in Montana, you're not going to be able to walk around. You'll be locking those doors. You'll be locking those windows. You'll be saying, "Oh, I wish we had Matt. I wish we had Matt representing us in the Senate."
Including those charged or convicted are 48,000 assaults, 12,000 sex crimes, and 1,800 homicides. You know, you don't hear that. I'm the only one that tells you the facts. You don't hear that.
Yet instead of applauding ICE as great nationally -- these are strong people. We're not going to send weak people to take care of MS-13. These are strong people, but they're great patriots. They love our country. The Democrats want to abolish ICE. They want to turn America into a giant sanctuary city for gang members and MS-13 killers if they had their choice, but we're stopping them.
They never thought they'd have a force like this. This was supposed to be a clear path. Guess what? This movement got in their way. This movement got in their way.