President Donald Trump arrived in McAllen, Texas to visit the southern border as he garners support for a secure border wall.
Officially, the president was in town to hold a round table discussion with those involved with maintaining border security including law enforcement officers, senators and local mayors.
Yet the streets where packed on both sides with people ready to see the nation’s leader. While detractors were in attendance, a video shared by Politico can hardly register them over the chants of “Thank you for all that you do,” “We support you, Mr. President,” “Keep it up Mr. President,” and “Build that wall!”
It was a beautiful day, as Trump shook hands and signed hats featuring “Make America Great Again.”
However there were some sad moments as well, as victims of illegal immigration shared why they supported Trump’s call for increased security.
The brother of slain police officer Ronil Singh was in attendance offering a more somber form of support.
Ronil Singh was killed after a routine traffic stop lead to him being shot by an illegal immigrant. His surviving brother Reggie shared, “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 offered his support for the president in thwarting illegal immigration. Sharing how his brother had worked hard to legally immigrate to the U.S. from Fiji specifically to join law enforcement.
Afterward, President Trump consoled Reggie with a hug while saying, “We’re with you.”
Marie Vega, the mother of a former U.S. Marine and U.S. Border Patrol agent who was also killed by an illegal immigrant spoke with Trump as well.
She shared, “No family should suffer the loss of a child,” she said. We need the wall,” as she embraced the president in support.
When someone in attendance asked President Trump when the shutdown, one caused by Democrats refusal to fund the wall, would end he replied, “I don’t know — that I can’t tell you. 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.”
Trump announced that as he fights for a better America with safer immigration that, “Those are the people I’m thinking most about.”