Trump turns narrative back on Dems; father and daughter would not have drowned with a wall

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During a press conference at the 2019 G20 Osaka summit in Japan on Saturday, President Donald Trump pointed out that the impatient asylum seeker who’d recently drowned to death in the Rio Grande river along with his young daughter while trying to cross into the U.S. illegally would likely still be alive today had there been a border wall to stop their progress.

“If we had walls up and if we had it hard, the father and the beautiful daughter who drowned … if they thought it was hard to get in, they wouldn’t be coming up,” he reportedly said. “So many lives would be saved.”

This week members of the radical left, including congressional Democrats, began sharing a photo that showed the dead bodies of the father, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, and using the photo to score more points against the president and further demonize his tough but arguably sensible and defensible immigration policies:

Word later emerged that Ramírez wasn’t as innocent as the left had suggested. Instead of seeking asylum so as to escape violence, he’d been seeking asylum for economic reasons, as reported by The New York Times. This means he’d likely have been denied asylum had he waited, given as asylum is designed to protect those escaping violence.

But Ramirez chose not to wait, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli.

“The reason we have tragedies like that on the border is because those folks, that father didn’t want to wait to go through the asylum process in the legal fashion, so decided to cross the river,”  he said during an appearance Thursday on CNN.

Reuters has confirmed that this is true: “Exasperated by the wait to apply for asylum, Martinez and Angie Valeria attempted to swim to U.S. soil on Sunday, an immigration official in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas said.”

Every asylum seeker has to wait for his or her turn. Ramirez chose not to wait, and because of that decision, he and his daughter lost their lives, sadly.

The president also mentioned the wait during his speech Saturday.

“You have millions of people on line for years to get into a country,” he said. “They take tests, they study … and these people have worked hard, they’ve been on line for seven, eight, nine years, then someone walks in. Honestly it’s very unfair.”

But the more pressing point, he continued, is that Ramirez and his daughter wouldn’t have even had the opportunity to try sneaking into the U.S. had there been a wall to block their passage. The facts bear this point out as well.

Then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed as much last October, saying during a press conference, “Let me be clear: Walls work, it’s not my opinion. It’s not a tag line. It’s not a political statement. It’s a fact.”

A fact backed by mounds of evidence:


Yet despite the facts backing what Trump said, the left has responded with its usual dose of irrational and factually inaccurate outrage:

The president’s full speech may be heard below:



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