Its a great looking group. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much.
Thank you. Very proud of you. Thank you. You love your job, don’t you? Huh? That’s beautiful. That’s so nice. Great people. Thank you very much.
First I want to congratulate Secretary John Kelly and his wife Kathleen. Where is Kathleen. She’s someplace. John brings the skills, the leadership, background, the experience, strength and definitely that determination that you got to have to get the job done and to get it done correctly. He will deliver for you, he will deliver for the country. He will deliver for the American people, like you’ve never seen before.
We also just finished a briefing with the acting administrator of FEMA, Bob Fenton and we discussed the terrible storms that struck the Southeastern United States. Our nation sends its thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this incredible trajedy. I’ve instructed FEMA to do all they can to helpe those suffering and affected. Already we’ve approved Georgia, and Mississippi and others are rapidly on their way. So FEMA’s done an incredible job of speed. And they need speed.
Homeland Security is in the business of saving lives and that mandate will guide our actions. The Department of Homeland Security has many, many different divisions. But one of the most important missions of DHS is its law enforcement mission. This is a law enforcement agency.
But, for too long, you’re officers and agents haven’t been allowed to properly do their jobs. You know that, right? You know that. Absolutely. But that’s all about to change. And I’m very happy about it and you’re very happy about it. From here on out, I’m asking all of you to enforce the laws of the United States of America. They will be enforced and enforced strongly.
Because people are surprised to hear that we do not need new laws. We will work within the existing system and framework. We’ve going to restore the rule of law in the United States. Before we go any further, I wanna recognize the ICE and Border Patrol Officers in this room today, and to honor their service and not just because they unanimously endorsed me for President. That helps. But that’s not the only reason.
I also wanna acknowledge 2 individuals in the audience who will play a very very important role going forward. I’d like to recognize Brandon Judd, the President of the National Border Patrol Counsil and Chris Crane, 2 friends of mine, President of ICE Counsil. You guys are about to be very, very busy doing your job the way you want to do it. Where are they? Where are those guys? Thank you fellas. Thank you very much.
We’re in the middle of a crisis on our Southern Border. The unpresidented surge of illegal migrants from Central America is harming both Mexico and the United States and I believe the steps we will take, starting right now, will improve the safety in both of our countries. Going to be very, very good for Mexico. A nation without borders is not a nation. Beginning today, the United States o America gets back control of its borders, gets back its borders.
Thank you. I just signed 2 executive orders that will save thousands of lives, millions and jobs and billions and billions of dollars. These 2 orders are part of an immigration reform we outlined during the campaign. I wanna emphasize that we will be working in partnership with our friends in Mexico to improve safety and economic opportunity on both sides of the border. I have deep admiration for the people of Mexico and I greatly look forward to meeting again with the President of Mexico. We’ll be doing that shortly. We will discuss close coordination on many, many important issues between our countries. This coordination includes the dismantling of cartels and keeping illegal weapons and cash from flowing out of America and into Mexico.
Out of our country, the United States and it goes right into Mexico. They have to stop it. We have to stop it. We are going to save lives on both sides of the border. And we also understand that a strong and healthy economy in Mexico is very good for the United States. Very, very good. We want that to happen. By working together on positive trade, safe borders and economic cooperation, I truly believe we can enhance the relationship between our 2 nations to a degree not seen before, certainly in a very, very long time. I think our relationship with Mexico is going to get better.
Here’s a brief summary of what actions are contained in my executive orders. The Secretary of Homeland Security, working with myself and my staff, will begin immediate construction of a border wall. So badly needed, you folks know how badly needed, as a help, but very badly needed. This will also help Mexico by detering illegal immigration from Central America and by disrupting violent cartel networks. As I’ve said repeatedly to the country, we’re going to get the bad ones out, the criminals and the drug deals and gangs and gang members and cartel leaders. The day is over when they can stay in our country and wreak havoc. We’re going to get them out and we’re gonna get em out fast and John Kelly is going to lead that way.
Our order also does the following. Ends the policy of catch and release at the border, requires other countries to take back their criminals. They will take them back. Cracks down on sanctuary cities. Empowers ICE officers to target and remove those who pose a threat to public safety. Calls for the hiring of another 5,000 border patrol officers. Calls for tripling the number of ICE officers.
And you both do an incredible job but you need help you need more. Creates an Office of Homeland Security, dedicated to supporting the victims of illegal immigrant crime. For years, the media has largely ignored the stories of Americans and lawful residents victimized by open borders. To all of those hurting out there, I repeat to you these words. We hear you, we see you, and you will never ever be ignored again.
As I traveled the country, I had the chance to get to know mothers who lost children to violence spilling over the border. I wanna thank the rememberance project, such incredible people, for giving these families a voice. They’re called angel moms for good reason. Because they are a voice to protect all of America’s children. Their children have not died in vane, believe me.
Pundits talk about how enforcement immigration laws can separate illegal immigrant families, but the families they don’t talk about are the families of Americans, forever separated from the people they love. They don’t talk about that, ever. As your president, I have no higher duty than to protect the lives of the American people.
First, these families lost their loved ones. Then they endured a system that ignored them, while at the same time constantly rewarding those who broke the law. For these families, its been one injustice after another. But that all turns around beginning today. We’re joined here, this afternoon by parents whose children were horribly killed by individuals living here illegally. I will now read these parent’s names and ask them to stand. Many have become friends of mine over the last 2 years and have supported me so dearly and I appreciate it. Maryann Mendoza, who lost her son, police sargent Brandon Mendoza. Fred Fundenbur and his son James who lost Billy. Billy was Fred’s son and James’ brother. Billy’s wife, Natali was also killed by an illegal immigrant, somebody who should have never ever have been here.
Laura Wilkerson who lost her 17 year old son, beautiful Josh. Josh was special. Where’s Laura? Laura. Thank you. Carrie Ruiz and Lucio who lost their young daughter, Felicia. Thank you. Beautiful. Felicia. Thank you very much. Thank you. Steve and Ronna Beck, who lost his 21 year old son, Grant. Thank you Steve. And we have many others with us from Rememberance and from other groups. These are incredible people that have endured so much and I just wanna thank everybody for being here. Very, very special people. Thank you.
Nothing can ever make their pain go away, but I want you to know your children will not have lost their lives for no reason. They’ve set this incredible goal for so many. These were great, young people and they will always be remembered. Always, we will never forget them.
And to the parents and loved ones you kept the flame of justice alive with your activism. Keep it going. And now together we will save thousands and thousands of lives. When it comes to public safety, there is no place for politics. No republicans, no democrats. Just citizens and good citizens. We want safe communities and we demand safe communities for everyone. We want respect. We want great schools. We want dignity and equality for everyone and I will be a President, I promise you, for everyone.
We will bridge our divisions, heal our wounds and unify our country. And if we do that, if we do that, if we work together, then there is nothing we cannot achieve, as Americans. The future is limitless. Good luck to our new and brilliant leader at DHS, General John Kelly. Thank you, God Bless you and God Bless America. Congratulations to John.