President Trump plans to ask Congress for 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, as well as a more judges to preside over deportation cases, all with a goal of securing the U.S.-Mexican border.
Trump will also ask for lawmakers to pass "Kate's Law" — which would increase penalties for deported illegals who try to return to the United States — approve a bill against sanctuary cities, and further fund his border wall.
The calls will come during a speech on Friday in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., where he will also address one of his main objectives on immigration: Defeating the violent MS-13 gang.
"The speech will center on an appeal to legislators and an offer of support to law enforcement officials at every level, according to a senior administration official speaking on background," The Hill reports. "Trump is also expected to take a hard line on the link between immigration enforcement and the rise of gang-related crime," the official said.
"Migration is the principal factor that is responsible for MS-13," the official said, adding that Trump chose Long Island to "demonstrate humanitarian consequences of failing to enforce immigration laws."
Trump ruffled liberal feathers when he claimed that Mexico sends its worse to America, or as he called them, "bad hombres," "rapists." But statistics show that nearly 75% of those arrested are criminals.
Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE, says his team is keying on illegal aliens with criminal records. But he also says that sneaking into the U.S. is illegal, too, and should be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, the wall has been moving forward steadily. A House spending bill that quietly moved forward earlier this month funds all of Trump's initial $1.6 billion wall plan for the U.S.-Mexican border. The funding comes as part of the fiscal 2018 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.
House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter praised the bill.
“Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” he said.