Donald Trump’s address was centered around the administration and law enforcement officials’ efforts to take down the gang Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13.
In a report from the Washington Post, on Friday Trump spoke to federal, state, and local law enforcement officials at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, with his speech endorsing police brutality and using the violence of MS-13 to justify enforcing illegal immigration laws.
“It’s essential that Congress fund another 10,000 ICE officers — and we’re asking for that — so that we can eliminate MS-13 and root out the criminal cartels from our country,” Trump said. “…And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see them thrown in, rough — I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”
The response received applause and laughter from the law enforcement officials present.
Trump then talked about how the first phase of building a wall to combat illegal immigration was approved.
“The Wall is a vital, and vital as a tool, for ending the humanitarian disaster brought — and really brought on by drug smugglers and new words that we haven’t heard too much of — human traffickers,” Trump said. “…Failure to enforce our immigration laws had predictable results: drugs, gangs, and violence. But that’s all changing now.”