(CNSNews.com) - In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump repeated his call for Congress to "confront an urgent, national crisis" -- illegal immigration.
He noted that time is running out for Congress to pass a bill that will fund the government and "protect our homeland," as more "large, organized caravans" make their way north.
Tonight, I am asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country. No issue better illustrates the divide between America's working class and America's political class than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.
Meanwhile, working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration, reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools, hospitals that are so crowded you can't get in, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net. Tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate, it is actually very cruel.
Trump announced that he has ordered another 3,750 U.S. troops to the southern border to prepare for the "tremendous onslaught."
"We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens," he said. "This includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today who followed the rules and respected our laws. Legal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways. I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally."
Trump reminded Congress that human traffickers, drug cartels and gangs take advantage of the porous southern border to the detriment of all Americans.
"Year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal, illegal aliens. I've gotten to know many wonderful angel moms and dads and families. No one should ever have to suffer the horrible heartache that they have had to endure."
Trump then introduced more of his guests, people who have had their lives ripped apart by someone who should not have been in this country:
"Here tonight is Deborah Bissell. Just three weeks ago, Deborah's parents, Gerald and Sharon were burglarized and shot to death in their Reno, Nevada, home by an illegal alien. They were in their 80s and are survived by four children, 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
"Also here tonight are Gerald and Sharon's granddaughter, Heather and great-granddaughter Madison. To Deborah, Heather, Madison, please stand. Few can understand your pain. Thank you and thank you for being here, thank you very much."
Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who refuses to consider even one dollar for Trump's wall, joined the applause.
"I will never forget," Trump promised. "And I will fight for the memory of Gerald and Sharon that it should never happen again. Not one more American life should be lost because our nation failed to control its very dangerous border."