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Trump Visits Border to Drum up Support for Wall — Local Community’s Reaction When He Arrived Says It All

President Donald Trump set off to the southern border to increase support for his long-pushed campaign promise of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to improve border security.

On Thursday, as the president arrived in McAllen, Texas, a crowd of his supporters gathered to cheer him on, showing up in red “Make America Great Again” hats.

President Trump shook hands with several people, including a man in uniform, and signed MAGA hats.

Supporters in the crowd can be heard in the Politico video shouting, “Thank you for all that you do,” “We support you, Mr. President,” “Keep it up Mr. President,” and “Build that wall!”

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People gathered on streets in Texas to show their support for the president.

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Crowds gathered on either side of the streets with one side filled with people supporting President Trump and the other in opposition of what he is trying to accomplish.

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The president visited the southern border to attend a roundtable discussion with law enforcement officers, senators, local mayors, and others involved to discuss border security.

His visit comes as the partial government shutdown is in day-20 and Democrats continue to push back against negotiating with the president on his demand of $5.6 billion in funding for a border wall.

Brother of slain officer shows support for Trump
As IJR Red reported, the brother of police officer Ronil Singh, who was killed by an illegal immigrant while on duty, showed up in McAllen, Texas, to explain why he supports the president’s push for curbing illegal immigration.

The brother, Reggie, shared that his brother worked on getting his citizenship after moving to the U.S. from Fiji so that he could become part of the law enforcement.

“The way he was killed, what my family is going through right now, I do not want any other family, law enforcement person to go through that,” Reggie said during the roundtable discussion.

President Trump embraced Reggie with a hug after he spoke, telling him, “We’re with you” — the president previously called Singh’s family to praise the fallen officer’s service and offer condolences.

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Trump shows he cares for families fallen victim to illegal immigration
Marie Vega was another person who shared her support for the president on border security during the roundtable discussion.

Vega’s son was a former U.S. Marine and U.S. Border Patrol agent who was killed by an illegal immigrant.

As a mother who lost her son to illegal immigration, she said: “We need the wall.”

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Sens. Ted Cuz and John Cornyn stand up in support of a wall
Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) were also a part of the roundtable discussion and had an opportunity to show their support for the president.

Cornyn pointed to drugs, cash, and weapons laid out in front of them that were seized by smugglers and cartels at the southern border.

He explained that when people call this a “manufactured crisis,” he and Cruz “wonder what planet we’ve been living on,” adding that it’s not manufactured, it’s about “people who exploit the vulnerabilities in our border.”

The Republican senators’ statement comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer claimed during their rebuttal of President Trump’s televised presidential message that the president was “manufacturing” a crisis, as IJR Red reported.

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The partial government shutdown continues as both sides of the political spectrum refuse to negotiate on border wall funding and President Trump said, “I don’t know — that I can’t tell you,” regarding when the shutdown will end.

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“All I can tell you is I feel very badly for people that have family members that have been killed. That should have never happened,” President Trump said, as he keeps his stance strong on the wall and border security in hopes to curb illegal immigration. “Those are the people I’m thinking most about.”

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