On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. Rather than speculate as to what he’s going to say and how Democrats will respond to it, this is the speech I would give were I President of the United States.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the state of our union is strong. But it’s not as strong as it could be, not as strong as it should be, and not nearly as strong as it would be if we had 2 parties making the safety, security, and prosperity of the American people their top priorities.
I know these speeches aren’t generally this partisan, but these are unique times that demand a unique call to action.
I could go through and talk about the thousands of American families devastated when a family members was killed by someone who shouldn’t have been in the country in the first place, but these stories aren’t unknown to members of this body or the journalists who cover you. They are well known, and they are ignored.
By pointing out their pain I would only be making it worse. Not by reminding them of their tragic loss, but by reminding them that so many who could do something to their ranks from swelling have no interest in doing so. That so many in this chamber, while paying lip service to the idea of securing our border, have refused to do and been able to with cover from journalists who are supposed to report the truth.
That cover has come in the form of ignoring them, of belittling their pain, of mockingly pretending they don’t exist. They do exist. Far too many of them exist. And far too many of you have ignored them for too long.
They and their pain are real. Each one of these families, seated in the gallery above you and across the country watching on TV, would not be in that pain if we vigorously enforced our immigration laws. They would not be in that pain if made it as difficult as possible to cross our border illegally. If we didn’t have state and local governments prioritizing the protection of people with no right to be here over the lives of American citizens.
If you don’t like our laws, change our laws – that’s your damn job. But wishing a law didn’t exist does not make it so; it does not change it. And my administration will no longer go soft on those who knowingly and willingly break our immigration laws, nor will it tolerate any jurisdiction that aids those who do.
I am instructing every Executive Branch department to seek out and end every single penny of federal funding, on any issue, to sanctuary cities, counties, and states. It doesn’t matter if that money is related to immigration or not. Every application with a missing dot above an “I” or an uncrossed “T” will be rejected.
These localities are free to continue their thwarting of federal law, but they can no longer do it without consequence.
Almost everyone in the chamber will see at least some their constituents impacted, in one way or another. But I will be enforcing the laws as written by this body, exercising authority granted the President by this body.
There is a way to avoid this – negotiate in good faith to secure our southern border and protect American citizens. There is a lot of common ground we can agree on if we stop worrying about scoring political points and start worrying about doing what’s right.
I know you wanted to use this in the next election, that you “stood up to me” and all that. But I’ll tell you what would be a better campaign slogan – that you stood up for the American people. Because one American life ended by an illegal alien is one life too many. We have a duty and a moral obligation to make sure we do all we can to prevent that from happening, to prevent any more American families from becoming Angel Families.
How we manage to do that matters less than the fact that we manage to do it. So I ask you now, in front of those who’ve lost too much already to join me, to join them, in taking every measure to stop the illegal flow of people and drugs across our open southern border.
Don’t do it for me, do it for those angel families and the millions of Americans who’ve lost loved ones to the scourge of heroin. Do it to hurt the drug cartels and the human smugglers. Do it to protect the United States of America.
Our economy is amazingly strong, terrorism is on the decline, America is great again. But we still have more work to do to make it even better. That works starts with securing our southern border. Put aside petty politics, stop worrying about the next election and how to defeat me, and live up to the oath you took when you were sworn into Congress.
Make the state of our union as strong as it could be, as strong as it should be. Build the damn wall! God bless you all, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.
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