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Donald Trump salutes ICE and CBP

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Remarks by President at the Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.
“… We’re here today to salute the incredibly brave patriots who keep America safe: the heroes of ICE and CBC [sic]. To everyone here today from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection, I want to you let you know that we love you, we support you, we will always have your back, and I think you know that. (Applause.)

I want to thank a true and loyal friend of ICE and CBC, our wonderful Vice President, Mike Pence. Thank you, Mike. Beautiful. (Applause.) Thank you, Mike. Stand up, Mike. Stand up. Great, Mike. Great job.

I want to share my profound appreciation for our wonderful Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen. (Applause.) Where is Kirstjen? Kirstjen, thank you. Thank you. Great job. You’re doing a great job. Not easy.

And if we’ve got some great immigration laws, she would really set standard. But we’ve already broken every record in the book, haven’t we? So, thank you very much, Kirstjen.

Everyone here today understands a vital truth: that America is a land of opportunity because we are a nation of laws. For America to be a strong nation, we must have strong borders.

Helping to lead that effort are great patriots in the audience today, including our new Acting Director of ICE, Ron Vitiello. Where is Ron? Ron — thank you, Ron. Stand up, Ron. Great job. (Applause.) Good. Thank you, Ron.

And the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan. (Applause.) Where’s Kevin? Thank you.

The new Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol — the first woman ever to hold the job — Carla Provost. (Applause.) Carla, thank you. Congratulations. Congratulations, Carla.

And our new Acting Deputy Director of ICE, Matt Albence. Where is Matt? (Applause.) Matt. Thank you, Matt. Thank you.

We’re also grateful to be joined today by a really wonderful friend of mine, and a tremendous senator, and that’s David Perdue. (Applause.) David? Come on, David. You’ve done a great job, David. We really appreciate it. The people of Georgia really appreciate it, that I can tell you. Thank you very much.

Many state and local partners are represented in the audience, including Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Doug? Thank you, Doug, for being here. (Applause.) Thank you, Doug. Great job you’re doing.

A wonderful man, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. Steve, thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you.

A friend of mine, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, and sheriffs from all around the country. Thank you, Alan. Thank you. (Applause.) Sheriffs, thank you. Say hello to your father.

Most importantly, let me extend my gratitude to every law enforcement professional representing ICE and CBC: Enforcement and Removal Operations, Homeland Security Investigations,

ICE prosecutors, the Office of Field Operations, Air and Marine Operations, and Border Patrol. You’re incredible people. You do an unbelievable job. You’re not appreciated enough, but I’ll tell you what: Ninety-nine percent — we get it. We really get it. We love you. We’ll always be with you. We’ll never let you down. Thank you very much for being here, too. (Applause.)

Over the last year — these are incredible numbers — ICE and CBC seized more than 2.8 million pounds of illicit and deadly narcotics. A lot of people would have died. In the interior of our country, ICE officers arrested over 127,000 criminal aliens — and these are tough ones too, aren’t they, fellas? Right? These are tough — these were tough ones — including those charged or convicted of 48,000 assaults, 12,000 sex crimes, and 1,800 homicides. We need strong people to handle those people. We don’t play games, right? We don’t play games.

Every day, on average, CBC prevents 10 known or suspected terrorists from entering the United States. What a job you’ve done.

To protect our nation from smuggling, trafficking, drugs, crime, the men and women of DHS are building the border wall as we sit, and the wall is getting longer, and taller, and stronger each and every day. We’ve spent and will soon be spending about $3.2 billion and we’re looking for about $5 billion for this next coming year. We’re building the wall, step-by-step. And it’s not easy because we have a little opposition called, “the Democrats.” I guess they just don’t mind crime. They don’t mind crime. It’s pretty sad.

Just this past month, CBC officers at a single port of entry discovered more than 30,000 fentanyl pills, 62 pounds of meth — that’s a lot — and 11 pounds of heroin.

Two of those officers are here: Alfredo Olfahto and David Skiahno. Where are they? Where are they? They’re right here. (Applause.) Stand up, please. (Applause.)

And Alfredo, David: Thank you for the amazing job you’ve done. We all appreciate it — everybody in this room, everybody in this country.

Just over a week ago, a human smuggler was arrested in Laredo for locking — and really locking — a horrible 78 illegal aliens inside of a trailer. The Border Patrol Agent who caught the accused — and likely really saved many lives — he’s here with us — and Adrian — where’s Adrian? Adrian is here with us. Thank you, Adrian. Great job. Thank you. It’s a lot of lives. (Applause.) That’s great.” more at

We( USA) are a nation of laws! . President Trump Participates in the Salute to the Heroes of ICE & CBP. White House official video




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Trump Signs Defense Policy Bill that Rebuilds Military, Boosts Troop Pay

-The Washington Times

“President Trump signed a $716 billion defense bill Monday that authorizes hundreds of new planes, ships and tanks — and delivers a substantial victory to the administration,” Dave Boyer reports. President Trump called the new National Defense Authorization Act “the most significant investment in our military, and in our warfighters, in modern history” while speaking to troops at Fort Drum, New York.

Youth Unemployment Hits 52-Year Low

The Wall Street Journal

Andrew Duehren reports that “the unemployment rate among young Americans fell to its lowest level in more than 50 years this summer,” according to the Department of Labor. “Low unemployment among young people shows that in a tight labor market more opportunities are opening to groups that historically have struggled to find jobs.”

The New York Times Runs a Sloppy, Specious Democratic Hit on Brett Kavanaugh

-National Review

“Brett Kavanaugh may well be one of the most qualified jurists ever nominated for the High Court,” David French writes. “Once again, the Democrats have taken their swing at an outstanding nominee. Once again, they’ve missed.”

Small Business Optimism at 35-Year High

-Fox Business

Leia Klingel writes that “small business owners’ optimism touched a 35-year high in July, with businesses setting records in terms of job creation and hiring,” according to a new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business. “In July 2018, the NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index marked its second highest level in the survey’s 45-year history.”

Report: Regulations Being Cut at Record Pace, Savings Double

-Washington Examiner

“Federal agencies, led by Labor and Health and Human Services, are cutting Obama-era regulations and saving money faster than demanded by President Trump,” Paul Bedard reports, citing a new report from the American Action Forum. “As a result, the administration is expected to easily meet the president’s order to cut at least two old regulations for every new one issued.”

Confidence Is High

-The Wall Street Journal

“Americans are smart enough to know a better economy when they see one,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. “Apparently Americans are believing their own eyes”—not negative political spin.

Vice President Pence: The Evidence is Clear — America is Back

-The Des Moines Register

“After years of slow growth and stagnant wages under the last administration, under this president, the American economy is on track to grow at its fastest pace in nearly 15 years,” Vice President Mike Pence writes.

How Law Enforcement is Taking Action on the Opioid Crisis

-Boston Globe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions writes that in response to President Trump’s plan to halt the opioid crisis, the Justice Department has begun Operation Synthetic Opioids Surge (SOS). “Under Operation SOS, I am ordering our prosecutors in 10 districts with some of the highest overdose death rates to prosecute every synthetic opioid trafficking case, no matter how small.”

Americans Increasingly Want Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed

-Washington Examiner

“Americans increasingly want the Senate to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a new Quinnipiac poll,” Becket Adams writes. “The growing support from Kavanaugh is coming primarily from independents.”

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