Speech: Donald Trump Addresses the 74th Session of the United Nations – September 24, 2019
In this part of the speech, Trump talks about illegal immigration and those who promote it while also sending a clear message to those planning to try to enter America illegally. He also talks about the situation in Venezuela.
Part three starts at 00:17:59 – 00:18:37 (38 sec) in the above video.
Around the world, our message is clear. America’s goal is lasting. America’s goal is harmony. And America’s goal is not to go with these endless wars. Wars that never end. With that goal in mind, my administration is also pursuing the hope of a brighter future in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the Taliban has chosen to continue their savage attacks.
We will continue to work with our coalition of Afghan partners to stamp out terrorism and we will never stop working to make peace a reality. Here in the Western hemisphere, we are joining with our partners to ensure stability and opportunity all across the region. In that mission, one of our most critical challenges is illegal immigration which undermines prosperity, rips apart societies and empowers ruthless criminal cartels.
Mass illegal migration is unfair, unsafe and unsustainable for everyone involved. The sending countries and the depleted countries and they become depleted very fast. But their youth is not taken care of and human capital goes to waste. The receiving countries are overburdened with more migrants than they can responsibly accept.
And the migrants themselves are exploited, assaulted and abused by vicious coyotes. Nearly one-third of women who make the journey north to our border are sexually assaulted along the way. Yet here in the United States and around the world, there is a growing cottage industry of radical activists and nongovernmental organizations that promote human smuggling.
These groups encourage illegal migration and demand the erasure of national borders. Today I have a message for those open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice. Your policies are not just. Your policies are cruel and evil. You are empowering criminal organizations that prey on innocent men, women and children.
You put your own false sense of virtue before the lives, wellbeing and countless innocent people. When you undermine border security, you are undermining human rights and human dignity. Many of the countries here today are coping with the challenges of uncontrolled migration. Each of you has the absolute right to protect your borders.
And so, of course, does our country. Today we must resolve to work together to end human smuggling and human trafficking and put these criminal networks out of business for good. To our country, I can tell you sincerely we are working closely with our friends in the region including Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama to uphold the integrity of borders and ensure safety and prosperity for our people.
I would like to thank President Lopez Obrador of Mexico for the great cooperation we are receiving. And for right now putting 27,000 troops on our southern border. Mexico is showing us great respect and I respect them in return. The U.S., we have taken very unprecedented action to stop the flow of illegal immigration.
To anyone conducting crossings of our border illegally, please hear these words. Do not pay the smugglers. Do not pay the coyotes. Do not put yourself in danger. Do not put your children in danger. Because if you make it here, you will not be allowed in. You will be promptly returned home. You will not be released into our country.
As long as I am President of the United States, we will enforce our laws and protect our borders. For all of the countries of the Western hemisphere, our goal is to help people invest in the bright futures of their own nation. Our region is full of such incredible promise, dreams waiting to be built and national destinies for all.
And they are waiting, also, to be pursued. Throughout the hemisphere, there are millions of hard-working patriotic young people eager to build, innovate and achieve but these nations cannot reach their potential if a generation of youth
And that vision we are also committed to supporting those people in the Western hemisphere who live under brutal oppression such as those in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. According to a recent report from the U.N. Human Rights Council, women in Venezuela stand in line for ten hours a day waiting for food.
Over 15,000 people have been detained as political prisoners. Modern-day death squads are carrying out thousands of extrajudicial killings. The dictator Maduro is a Cuban puppet protected by Cuban bodyguards hiding from his own people while Cuba plunders Venezuela’s oil wealth to sustain its own corrupt communist rule.
Since I last spoke in this hall, the United States and our partners have built a historic coalition of 55 countries that recognize the legitimate government of Venezuela. To the Venezuelans, trapped in this nightmare, please know that all of America is united behind you. The United States has vast quantities of humanitarian aid ready and waiting to be delivered.