Mr. Vice President,
Members of the Senate,
and of the House of Representatives:
Yes, young men,
this country owes to you an undertaking
which has merited the applause of the universe.
You have conquered and you will conquer still,
because you are prepared for the tactics that decide the fate of battles.
You are not unworthy of the men who entered the ranks of a Macedonian phalanx,
and who contended not in vain with the proud conquerors of Asia.
To this wonderful page in our country’s history
another more glorious still will be added,
and the slave shall show at last to his free brothers a sharpened sword
forged from the links of his fetters.
We have requested more agents, immigration judges,
and bed space to process the sharp rise in unlawful migration
fuelled by our very strong economy.
Our plan also contains an urgent request for humanitarian assistance and medical support.
Furthermore, we have asked Congress to close border security loopholes
so that illegal immigrant children can be safely and humanely returned back home.
Finally, as part of an overall approach to border security,
law enforcement professionals have requested $5.7 billion for a physical barrier.
At the request of Democrats,
it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall.
This barrier is absolutely critical to border security.
It’s also what our professionals at the border want and need.
This is just common sense..[…]
The task is yours.
It is the prerogative that your forefathers won,
and through many a great peril bequeathed to you.
But if each of you is to sit and consult his inclinations,
looking for some way by which he may escape any personal action,
the first consequence will be that you will never find any one who will act;
and the second, I fear that the day will come
when we shall be forced to do, at one and the same time, all the things we wish to avoid.
Let us all unite firmly and fight powerfully
with one mind and with one accord,
as befitting the descendants of the great leader
and as befitting the warriors and disciples of the great general.
The sun flag of our great leaders will forever flutter in the van of our revolutionary ranks
that display only victory and honor and will always encourage and drive us toward a new victory.
Move forward toward the final victory.