"We're going to restore the rule of law in the United States," President Trump said during a speech at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

Trump said he will instruct DHS to work "within the existing framework" of the law to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

"A nation without borders is not a nation," he said, "Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders."


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"You guys are about to be very very busy doing your job [as] you want to," he said to the department's leadership team.

Calling the current state of border security "a crisis", Trump said lifting executive restrictions on the border patrol's capabilities would save "thousands of lives, millions of jobs and billions and billions of dollars."

Trump issued an executive order in connection with the address, in which he reportedly instructed DHS to build or mend walls on the border, end the "catch-and-release" program for some illegal immigrants and prioritize border prosecutions.

A second executive order took aim at "sanctuary city" policies, empowering Immigration and Customs Enforcement to better enforce existing laws, identify criminal illegal aliens and increase the agency's transparency.

To close his address, Trump read off a list of American citizens killed by illegal immigrants and brought some of their family members onto the stage. Watch that video below:

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