On Thursday, President Donald Trump clapped back at complaints that he was causing “human pain” by refusing to re-open the government until he received funding for a southern border wall.
When a reporter asked him about that outside of the White House, he pointed right back to the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. “You know who has more human pain?” he asked.
He then decried how parents and families felt so much more pain than furloughed government workers did. “The parents of people who had children killed by an illegal immigrant that should have never been in the country.”
“You know who has more human pain?” he continued. “The husband that lost the wife or the wife that lost the husband to an illegal immigrant that came in five or six times, that shouldn’t be here. That’s the human pain.”
The shutdown has put 800,000 federal employees out of work or left them working without pay. But according to the president, many of the affected employees agreed with Trump’s ardent push for border security.
Watch Trump’s comments below:
Trump says he thinks "there is far more pressure" on Democrats than him to end the shutdown because "the people of our country want security." pic.twitter.com/VBkmdfH41x
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 10, 2019
“The people that will be paid but maybe a little bit later, those people, many of them, are on my side,” he said. “They want to see border security.”
Trump and Congressional Democrats have effectively made the border wall a debate over morals and human suffering. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), for example, called the border wall “immoral,” a characterization that Trump pounced on and seemed to rebuke with twice as much vigor.
It’s incredible how Democrats can all use their ridiculous sound bite and say that a Wall doesn’t work. It does, and properly built, almost 100%! They say it’s old technology – but so is the wheel. They now say it is immoral- but it is far more immoral for people to be dying!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2018
As IJR previously noted, Trump addressed the nation on Tuesday and decried the humanitarian “crisis” created by lax border security. “The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and to continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized,” he said.
Both Trump and angel moms, individuals who lost their children to illegal immigrant crime, had pointed responses to Democrats.
“I want to ask Nancy Pelosi a question,” angel mom Mary Ann Mendoza said last month, “and I hope she hears this: How much would the cost of the wall mean to you, Nancy, if it could be predicted that a loved one of yours would be saved two years from now because that wall was built?”
As Congress and the White House feuded over the border wall, the migration crisis appeared to worsen with thousands coming from Central America. According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) testimony last month, agents saw a shockingly high number of unlawful entries as the caravan reached the southern border.
While House Democrats have approved spending packages to re-open the government, Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have refused to approve legislation without border wall funding.