Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday renewed his pledge to tighten America’s border, fix the broken immigration system and to come down hard on those who enter the United States illegally.
Speaking outside the U.S. Capitol during a National Peace Officers’ memorial service event, the president called on lawmakers to fund his proposed border wall, pass new measures to penalize sanctuary cities and to put an end what he called “catch and release” immigration laws.
“We don’t want it anymore. We’ve had it. Enough is enough,” Trump said after criticizing current policies which “release violent criminals back into our communities” and put police and border patrol officers’ lives at risk.
“We must end the attacks on our police and we must end them right now,” he said. “We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty. Bring it forth.”
The president’s latest remarks come after weeks of his being increasingly vocal in his frustration toward U.S. immigration laws, which he has repeatedly slammed as being too weak.
Further, it was reported last week that President Trump dressed down Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen so hard over her not being aggressive enough in going after people who cross into the U.S. illegally that Neilson was on the brink of resigning her position.
In a statement, Nielsen confirmed the president’s anger over current immigration laws, but did not confirm or deny reports that she was on the verge of resigning her position.
“The president is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of Congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people,” Neilson said. “I share his frustration.”
“I will continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president’s security-focused agenda,” Nielsen added.
Trump, who is in the early stages of preparing for his 2020 reelection campaign, campaigned heavily on the topic of immigration reform during his 2016 presidential run.
A large part of his now famous “Make America Great Again” slogan centered around the promise to build a border wall between the southern U.S. border and Mexico and to fix broken and unenforced immigration laws, issues that have been met with staunch challenges from the left.