Now, dramatically, the President introduces parents of victims of the brutal MS-13 gang. It's a poignant moment for these parents who have lost their children to violence and a touchstone on the hot-button immigration issue. "We can make sure that other families do not have to endure this pain," the President says in calling for the closing of loopholes in the immigration laws.
Nobody -- nobody! -- had ever come at this issue this dramatically and this hard before. The President is making an emotional, compelling and overwhelming case for immigration control and immigration reform.
And now comes the coupe d'etat: "Americans are dreamers too!" This line elicits thunderous applause, but ONLY from the republicans. Again, the Dems sit on their hands.
The President is pouring it on tonight. There is no letup. He's taking it to them. This is masterful!
"We presented Congress with a detailed [immigration] proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise." And President Trump lays out the four pillars of the administration's plan.
And again he calls for "a great wall on the southern border."
And he says we "must finally end the terrible and dangerous practice of catch and release" and also bring to an end 'the visa lottery."
"Its time to begin moving toward a merit based immigration system."
Here, New Jersey's Senator Cory Booker actually looks like he's in pain -- especially now as the President calls for an end to chain migration.
"In recent weeks two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by chain migration and the visa lottery."