President Trump: 'MS-13 Recruits Through Our Broken Immigration System'

"We need the wall; we're going to get the wall."

President Donald Trump brought up the violent MS-13 drug gang to push his immigration agenda during a law enforcement roundtable meeting at the White House on Tuesday. "MS-13 recruits through our broken immigration system, violating our borders," he said. "And it just comes right through ... whenever they want to come through, they come through."

The President emphasized the need for a wall to help stop them. "We need the wall; we're going to get the wall," he said. "If we don't have the wall, we're never going to solve this problem. And I've gone to the top people. Many of these people are at the table right now, including this group. And without the wall, it's not going to work."

Trump added, "My administration has identified three priorities. We went through and looked very closely. We've identified three priorities for creating a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system: securing the border, ending chain migration, and canceling the terrible visa lottery."

President Trump also expressed his desire to close the loopholes in America's immigration policies to block criminals from taking advantage of the system.

"Frankly, I'll go a step further, if we don't change the legislation," he said, "if we don’t rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country and continue to kill, gang members."

On the topic of a possible government shutdown, Trump seemed to be willing to take it that far.

"If we don't change it, let's have a shutdown. We'll do a shutdown," he said. "And it's worth it for our country. I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of."

Watch the meeting below:

Trump was joined by Representatives Peter King (R-NY), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Martha McSally (R-RI), Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Sheriff Mike Chapman of Loudoun County, Virginia.


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