During his speech announcing his 2024 presidential campaign on Tuesday evening, former President Donald Trump made some strong promises to the American people about the actions he would take regarding the border crisis during his second term.
Speaking at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump began his speech by saying that “America’s comeback starts right now.”
TRUMP: "America's comeback starts right now." pic.twitter.com/STCId81IiC
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He then discussed his accomplishments in his first term and criticized President Joe Biden for destroying the progress that he had made.
“Joe Biden has abolished America’s borders, we are going to restore and secure America’s borders just like we had them before,” Trump said, asserting that the left’s advocacy for open borders and the actions taken by Democrats to hinder his progress in securing the border had stopped him from completing the border wall.
Trump vowed to end catch and release, and reinstate his “Remain in Mexico” policy.
“Within moments of my inauguration, catch and release will be gone forever,” the former president said. “‘Remain in Mexico’ was so important… We will begin the process of safely removing the illegal alien criminals that have been unlawfully allowed into our country. We have no choice.”
He then argued that, by “restoring border security, we will stop the flow of deadly drugs and horrible human trafficking which both have been set upon us like never before.”
Trump went on to say that he will undo the damage done by the left’s “Defund the Police” movement while launching a “national campaign” to “dismantle the gangs” and “wage war upon the cartels.”
“We will give our police back their authority, resources, power, legal protection and we will give them back their respect,” he said. “They’re great people.”
“And I will immediately launch a no-holds-barred national campaign to dismantle the gangs and clean out the nests of organized street crime,” Trump continued.
“We will wage war upon the cartels and stop the fentanyl and deadly drugs from killing 200,000 Americans per year,” he added. “And I will ask Congress for legislation ensuring that drug dealers and human traffickers… Every drug dealer during his or her life on average will kill 500 people with the drugs they sell, not to mention the destruction of families. We are going to be asking everyone who sells drugs, gets caught selling drugs to receive the death penalty.”
TRUMP: "Every drug dealer during his or her life on average will kill 500 people with the drugs they sell, not to mention the destruction of families. We are going to be asking everyone who sells drugs, gets caught selling drugs to receive the death penalty." pic.twitter.com/9CzX6Bm1ns
— MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) November 16, 2022