Donald Trump Demands Wall Funding: 'I Will Not Surrender This Nation'
President Trump spoke out in support of a border wall during a ceremony celebrating the passage of the 2018 farm bill.
Trump said America is risking a continued "reign of chaos" from crime, drug cartels and coyotes.
After the Senate passed a stopgap spending bill that would avert a partial government shutdown this weekend -- though one that does not include Trump's requirement of wall funding -- Trump said Thursday that the border must be physically secure.
"I will not surrender this nation to the whims of criminal organizations who prey on the vulnerable [and] spread human misery and suffering," Trump said.
"This massive drug and human inflow must be stopped," he said.
Trump told the crowd, which included the bipartisan group of lawmakers who spearheaded the farm bill, that securing the nation's borders was his "solemn promise" and that illegal immigration reportedly costs $275 billion per year.
He said that figures he's reviewed show that 2,000 illegal aliens cross the border daily -- including as many as 10 potential terrorists..
"It's hard [to secure the border] without a wall," he said. "If we don't stand strong for our national borders, then we cease to be a nation."
Fox News Capitol Hill producer Chad Pergram told Shepard Smith that one concern for the president is that as many as 70 House lawmakers are not in Washington because they have either already started their retirement or did not stay in town because they were voted out.
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