President Trump hammered ‘extremist’ Democrats during a rally speech Tuesday night by saying they are working to turn the United States into a giant sanctuary nation for criminal illegal aliens.
His comments come immediately after an alleged illegal migrant was arrested as a suspect in the disappearance and death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts.
“The Democrats want to turn America into a big, fat sanctuary city for criminal aliens,” the President told a packed house in West Virginia, who vehemently booed in response. “Honestly, they’re more protective of… the criminal aliens, than they are of the people.”
After providing an update regarding funding for a border wall, which the President assured his audience will be built, Trump touched on Tibbetts’ case.
“You heard today about the illegal alien coming in, very sadly, from Mexico, and you saw what happened to that incredible, beautiful young woman. It should have never happened. Illegally in our country.”
“We’ve had a huge impact, but the laws are so bad, the immigration laws are a disgrace,” Trump continued. “We’re getting them changed, but we have to get more Republicans. This election is bigger than any one race – it’s about whether we want to continue the amazing progress we’ve made for America, or whether we want to surrender that progress to the forces of extremism and obstruction.”
The Tibbetts investigation has gripped the nation since she vanished over a month ago.
Vice President Mike Pence traveled to visit her family last week, where he consoled and prayed with them during an anguishing search.
Christian Bahena-Rivera, a Mexican migrant who reportedly worked on a farm near Tibbetts’ residence in Iowa, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after he led authorities to her body, officials say.
“On Aug. 21, ICE lodged a detainer with the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office on Christian Bahena-Rivera, 24, an illegal alien from Mexico, after he was arrested on murder charges,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in an official statement.
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