“Remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened. Everybody said: ‘Oh, he was so tough. I used the word rape. Yesterday it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before. They don't want to mention that,” Trump said on Thursday.
The president was referring to the march of roughly 1,000 Central American migrants, which Trump has referred to as a “caravan.”
Trump started to praise Mexico for what he suggested was their efforts in turning the “caravan” back, saying they were “very good to us yesterday,”.
The group organizing the so-called "caravan told ABC News that at least 80 percent would probably end up staying in Mexico and the rest would try to go to the United States.
“We cannot let people enter our country. We have no idea who they are, what they do, where they came from. We have no idea what their records are. We don't know if they're murders if they're killers, if they're MS-13, we're throwing them out by the hundreds,” Trump said.
The president also claimed that there is widespread voter fraud in California, suggesting that Democrats are in favor of family-based immigration, so-called chain migration, and the visa lottery program because they believe they are gaining votes.
The president again called for building his long-promised border wall along the southern border, saying today that the military will be building “some of it” after suggesting days ago that resources to fund and build the wall could come from the military.
Trump also slammed a variety of other immigration laws that he wants to do away with including provisions that some local jurisdictions have used to limit or delay cooperation with federal immigration agents and also criticizing the practice of "catch and release", in which migrants who surrender to border agents are released from custody and eventually face a hearing before a judge.
“How about that catch, that means you catch them. Now you release them. That is what is called, catch-and-release,” Trump said.
“If you look at your senator. He voted against — Joe. He voted against. No, it was bad. I thought he would be helpful,” Trump said, referring to Manchin’s vote against the tax bill.