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Vice President Mike Pence touted the Trump administration's first year in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, D.C. 

He emphasized that the administration's immigration enforcement policies are working and said the border wall will be built. 

"President Trump promised to enforce our laws, secure our borders, and today illegal crossings at our southern border have been cut nearly in half and make no mistake about it, we're going to build that wall," he told the crowd, drawing raucous cheers. 


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He said the president "came through" by appointing strong conservatives to the federal courts and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. 

Pence said the White House is committed to the safety of American schools as its "top national priority" and that "strong action" will be taken to keep schools safe after the Feb. 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida.

"We pray for God's wisdom that all of us in positions of authority might find a way to come together with American solutions to confront and end this evil in our time," he said.  

Pence and Trump held a listening session on Wednesday with students, parents and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, backing the idea of training teachers to use firearms.

Trump is scheduled to address CPAC on Friday at 10:00am ET.

"I spoke to him this morning. He can't wait to get here!" Pence told the crowd.