On a cold January morning outside the Capitol, a coalition of groups that support Trump had an even colder message for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) over their refusal to fund a border security wall.
They’re not alone. Polls show Americans want border security that includes a wall.
“Which one of your children would you be willing to sacrifice?” Amy Kremer, the co-founder of Women for Trump, rhetorically asked Pelosi. “This is not just a manufactured crisis … This is very real.”
With her were more than 20 other Trump supporters, many of them Angel Families who have lost a loved one at the hands of an illegal alien.
“Nancy Pelosi, you’ve got a nice wall around your home. Build that wall for the safety and security of the American people,” said Maureen Laquerre, an Angel sister whose brother was killed in 2009 by an illegal alien driving without a license.
They came to Congress on Jan. 15 to get a meeting with the recently elected speaker and minority leader, who have been in a stalemate with President Donald Trump over the $5.7 billion he wants for a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump has cited human trafficking, illegal immigration, terrorism, and the flow of illicit drugs through the southwest border as the reasons he wants a wall—all concerns shared by those attending the rally.
Also at the rally was former ICE Director Thomas Homan, who addressed speculation about the number of special-interest aliens (SIAs), people who have been flagged because of their travel patterns and behavior, coming through open parts of the southwest border. DHS said that last year, 3,000 were stopped at the southern border, but not how many of those were apprehended between ports of entry.
“As for terrorists coming across the southwest border, yes, I detained one as ICE director. The question isn’t how many have been arrested by Border Patrol, the question is how many did not get arrested by Border Patrol,” Homan said. “If anyone doesn’t think the southwestern border is a vulnerability to terrorism, then again, you’re not paying attention.”
Members of Congress, as well as families of those who died of drug overdoses, or while fighting in the Middle East, or in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were also part of the coalition.
A common refrain throughout their speeches was the feeling that they have been put in the shadows, while illegal aliens have been welcomed with open arms, as evidenced by the number of sanctuary jurisdictions that protect them. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are about 300.
Illustrating their point, some joggers started heckling the group as they ran past.
After rallying outside, the group headed in to see if they could get meetings with Pelosi and Schumer. They weren’t successful, according to social media posts by the various groups.
Pelosi and Schumer’s offices didn’t respond by deadline to a request for comment on whether the group had called ahead to request a meeting and whether they were denied.
Women for Trump, the organizer of the event, didn’t respond to calls and emails about how the group went about arranging the interview.
On Jan. 16, Trump sat down with the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus to discuss a way forward, after talks stalled between the president and Democratic leaders.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that they had a “constructive meeting,” and “we look forward to more conversations like this.”