Secretary Nielsen, Acting Director Vitiello, and to all the bold Americans who every day are “safeguarding nationwide security and maintaining public security,” it is my fantastic honor– at an important time in the life of this firm– to resolve the devoted males and females of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Thank you. (Applause.). And I bring greetings today from a fantastic champ of order. And as he advised and desired me to communicate today, a leader who stands without apology with the men and women of ICE and police at every level. I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.). Just today, President Trump stated that the men and women of ICE are, in his words, “amazing people,” and I know that to be real– “unbelievable patriots.” The President sent me here today with a very easy message: While I stand before you today sometimes when some people are really requiring the abolition of ICE, in this White House, let me be clear: We are with you 100 percent. And as the President stated last night, “We will always stand happily with the brave heroes of ICE and our Border Patrol.” (Applause.) We will.
Now before I go even more, let me give thanks to a couple of other excellent leaders. Primarily, I wish to thank Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Not just for the warm intro, but more notably for her strong and undaunted management of our Department of Homeland Security. She has actually stood strong for the brave males and females of this company; and the American people and our security have actually been advanced as an outcome. Would you join me in thanking the Sixth Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, for your service to the United States. Let me also take a minute to acknowledge a new leader of this company, since Monday of this week. But a man who has actually invested more than 33 years imposing and promoting our laws, protecting our borders, and seeing to the order, and the protection of the American people. Join me in thanking Acting Director Ronald Vitiello for a profession of service and for stepping up to serve our country at such a time as this. And lastly, let me just say thank you to all you– all you who are here today and all of you who are viewing all throughout this country at the more than 400 workplaces of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. You’re on the frontlines of imposing America’s laws and guaranteeing our– the vigor of this country and the security of our people. And you have our thanks; the thanks of our President; and, I wish to guarantee you, you have the thanks and the affection of the American people.
It’s held true since this firm was established more than 15 years back. Throughout the years, I’ve had the benefit to meet many ICE representatives and Border Patrols officers. I was just recently with the Secretary at El Centro Station, Imperial Valley, California, and I never ever cannot be motivated when I’m around males and females who have actually responded to a call to maintain the laws of this country throughout this excellent and storied company. The fact is, your guts, your decision, your devotion to the law and to the American people influences me and influences individuals of this nation. At this firm, as the Secretary just explained, more than 20,000 patriots stand every day– private investigators, field officers, unique representatives, analysist — each and every day mean the guideline of law in this country and represent the interests of the American people. You step up to implement our system of legal migration. And the reality is, every day– every day, males and females of ICE also challenge criminal prohibited immigrants who threaten our neighborhoods and victimize our most susceptible. Our ICE representatives are hectic every day taking them off the streets. You’ve combated vicious gangs like MS-13. You’ve stopped human smugglers, child traffickers, and damaging drug cartels that are poisoning our youth and taking lives of guarantee. You’ve captured terrorists who’ve entered into our nation to challenge our lifestyle and damage our people.
The reality is, the stats actually do not inform the tale, but they’re worth duplicating. In 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made 4,818 gang arrests, consisting of– they drew from the streets– 796 members of the MS-13 gangs. And our neighborhoods are much safer as an outcome. There were almost 33,000 arrests by ICE workers– criminal arrests, people who entered into this nation unlawfully and after that pursued criminal activity versus our people. Almost a million pounds of narcotics were taken by ICE representatives in 2017 alone. And most touchingly to me, as a daddy, ICE representatives saved 518 human trafficking victims, and 904 kids based on child exploitation were saved by ICE representatives all throughout America. We are imposing our laws and securing the most susceptible.
You do all this because you love your nation. You do all this because you’re contacted us to serve. But I want you to know, President Trump and I and the American people understand that, behind these data, in this work you also– you do so frequently without regard to your personal security. Males and female of ICE, like all law enforcement, you’ve addressed a call that needs you to put the lives of your fellow citizens ahead of your very own. And I want you and your loved ones to know that we understand this. We value and understand the dangers that you deal with when you enter into contact with violent wrongdoers, when you implement the law, when you remove drug dealerships and gang members from our streets that threaten our households.
In the last few years, unfortunately, attacks on you and your fellow police officers have actually increased significantly. In 2017, attacks on your fellow DHS associates at Customs and Border Protection increased by almost 75 percent. And at ICE, attacks on your officers almost tripled in 2017. But incredibly, but not remarkably, these attacks have actually not reduced your dedication, or your guts, or your decision to implement our laws. I see it in your faces as I’m resolving you today, and I see it whenever that I’m with ICE and Border Patrol workers. The obstacles only steel the willpower of brave men and women who have the character to serve. And I wish to guarantee you, these obstacles and the difficulties you deal with have only enhanced the willpower of this President and this administration to stand with you every action of the way. (Applause.). I wish to ensure you, as I take a trip throughout this nation, that the American people know that males and females of ICE are American heroes, that you’re doing an essential job. You’re typically doing a hazardous job, and you’re doing it for them. And I wish to assure you that we’re going to continue to work to make sure that this firm has both the assistance, the regard, and the resources that you are worthy of to do the job that you have actually been contacted us to do. The American people support you because they know how essential your objective is.
But as all of us have actually seen in journalism recently, the heroes of ICE are being assaulted and demonized for the work that you carry out in an unmatched rate in current weeks. ICE has actually been targeted with demonstrations throughout this nation, not only on the job but in public square and social media, and for much of you, even at your houses. The hashtag, “#AbolishICE,” has actually now taken its put on the Internet. Protestors shout, “No restriction, no wall, no borders at all” at demonstrations around the nation. ICE officers and management have actually had their personal information exposed on social media, and hazards to their households have actually followed this. Now let me be very clear on this point: The American people have every right to take part in serene demonstration, but these dangers versus ICE officers and their households need to stop and they should stop now. (Applause.). The unfortunate truth is, however, it isn’t really just the expression of the extreme left that’s been speaking up versus ICE recently. The fact is that opposition of ICE has actually relocated to the center of the Democratic Party itself. Just when you believed the Democrats could not move further to the left, leading members of the Democratic Party, consisting of prospects for greater workplace, are in fact honestly promoting for the abolition of ICE, a company that secures the American people and our neighborhoods each day.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio have actually all currently required ICE’s abolition. A prominent prospect for guv of New York in fact even appallingly called this company a “terrorist company.” Now let me be clear on this point: The American people have a right to their viewpoints, but these spurious attacks on ICE by our politicians should stop. The kind of language that’s being used to explain the men and women of this company and the work that you do every day is inappropriate. But you know, it’s not just me stating it. In spite of these calls from leading Democrats, even today, the liberal editorial page of the Washington Post had a lead editorial entitled; ICE is “the Wrong Target for Outrage.” In their editorial, and I estimate, the Washington Post acknowledged that the “20,000 staff members,” of ICE, “handle more than deportations,” they composed. “Its investigative department deals with cybercrime; human trafficking; narcotics; counter-proliferation including nuclear products [and] other military products; child exploitation …” They went on to say, and I price estimate, in the Washington Post, “Those are all crucial and genuine functions of federal government, as is deportation. They aren’t going to be eliminated, nor ought to they be.”
You know, the reality is that contacts us to eliminate ICE are not just outrageous. They’re reckless. Eliminating ICE would mean more unlawful migration, people having the ability to enter our nation. In 2015, ICE in fact eliminated 226,000 unlawful immigrants from our neighborhoods and our nation. Eliminating ICE would mean more violent criminal activity. In 2015, ICE detained more than 127,000 immigrants with criminal convictions who are facing charges for breaking our country’s laws, consisting of wrongdoers who was accountable for 50,000 attack offenses and more than 11,000 weapons offenses, 2,000 kidnapping offenses, and 1,800 murder offenses. Eliminating ICE would mean more vicious gangs like MS-13. Now, I’ve currently gone over with you the remarkable development in the in 2015 that we’ve made eliminating harmful MS-13 gang members from our streets. The reality is that the arrests that were made by ICE represented an 83 percent boost from the last complete year over of a previous administration. That is real development that’s making a distinction for the security and security of our households and our neighborhoods.
Eliminating ICE also would mean more drugs in our schools and on our streets. In 2015, ICE has actually taken almost 500 lots of narcotics, almost a million pounds of heroin, fentanyl, and other fatal drugs that wrongdoers and cartels were smuggling into our nation. Eliminating ICE also would mean more human trafficking. And as I pointed out, in 2015, 518 human trafficking victims, almost 1,000 victims of child exploitation. Eliminating ICE also would give terrorists a new possibility to make use of migration loopholes. That’s precisely what took place before September 11, 2001. And because of the vigorous work of ICE and the whole police neighborhood over the previous 15 years, I genuinely do think the men and women of this firm over the last 15 years have actually played an important function in guaranteeing that no significant terrorist attack happened on our coasts. And you should have to be credited. The record promotes itself. And it’s a record of achievement and security. Every day, ICE makes America more secure and more safe. And every resident of this country is much better off and more secure because of the work that you do. Therefore today, I wish to make it clear to all you and all of those searching: Under President Donald Trump, we will never ever eliminate ICE. (Applause.) And as the President stated, we will never ever cannot praise, and broaden, and empower this company with the resources that you are worthy of.
As the President stated just recently, “We’re not deserting ICE.” In reality, it’s just the opposite. Dealing with our Republican bulks in the Congress, I’m happy to report President Trump has actually currently provided this firm new funding to accomplish your objective. This year we increased your standard spending plan to $7 billion; a 10-percent boost over 2017. And the President’s gotten in touch with the Congress to give extra resources of more than a billion dollars for 2019, consisting of the hiring of 10,000 new ICE officers and detectives. Our word to all the bold males and females is: Help is on the way. We’re going to ensure you have the resources and the assistance that you should have. And just as crucial, in this White House, as you all know, we’re battling to protect our borders so that prohibited immigrants, gang members, and unsafe bad guys cannot enter our nation in the first place. The President has actually currently signed into law the biggest financial investment in border security in almost a years, and we’ve begun to develop the first 100 miles of the new border wall.
We’ll continue to get in touch with the Congress– contact the Congress to come together around migration reforms that protect our border, construct a wall, close the loopholes that frequently work as a magnet for susceptible households or even worse to come in throughout our border. Just be positive of this, President Donald Trump and I will always defend you. We’ll always stand with you because we understand that you remain in the battle every day for the security and security of the American people. We’ll always have your back, but I’m here, as your Vice President, to guarantee you that the American people are with you. As I take a trip throughout this nation, I hear the affection and gratitude that countless Americans have for the men and women of this company, for the sacrifices that you and your households make every day so that their households can be safe and safe.
We’re all grateful for your nerve. We’re grateful for the risk that you’re prepared to require to support our laws and protect our nation. We’re honestly grateful that our country has men and women of such character and altruism who want to advance in this cause.
So males and females of the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, I’m here to inform you that we stand with you and we always will. But not only will we stand with you, providing you the resources and the regard that you are worthy of, but I also wish to ensure you that you’re in our prayers. And I know you’re in the prayers of 10s of countless Americans who understand the risk that you take– who understand that, for a number of you, when you leave the door in the early morning, it’s different– like it is for every single police officer in this nation. You’ve reacted to no normal calling. It’s a calling where you’ve chosen to think about others as more vital than yourself. And your households have actually supported you in this calling. And we understand that. Therefore you opt for our assistance, but you do– you opt for our prayers. And for my part, I cannot help but assess the words of the Psalmist in my hope that you would be positive that “His loyalty will be your guard and your rampart.” That “you will not fear the horror of night or the arrow that zips day,” that– as you make Him your haven. “No damage will surpass you,” ever. That will be our prayer.
So thank you for the honor of resolving you today. More significantly, thank you for your service. Thank you for what you provide for the American people every day to make sure the success of this country and the security of our people. I leave here today with restored self-confidence that you’ll continue to do just that. That regardless of the criticism that might be leveled by some, that I know you’ll continue to do your job with decision. You’ll promote the guideline of law. You’ll see to the interests of the American people. And with your ongoing service and nerve, with the assistance of the American people, with President Donald Trump in the White House, and with God’s help, I know we will make America safe once again. And we’ll have all you to thank.