President Donald Trump kicked off the third meeting of his National Space Council on Monday with a rambling, anti-immigrant speech that had little to do with the cosmos and everything to do with his own terrestrial-based racism.
Among his remarks, Trump declared: “The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility.”
Here, annotated, are his remarks in full:
I just wanted to make a brief statement on immigration and what’s happening. I’ll say it very honestly and I’ll say it very straight: Immigration is the fault—and all of the problems that we’re having, ‘cause we cannot get them to sign legislation. We cannot get them even to the negotiating table. [There are currently 43 senators who have cosigned legislation from Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to stop family separation at the border.] And I say it’s very strongly the Democrats’ fault. [nope] They’re obstruction. They’re really obstructionist. And they are obstructing.
The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. [Not the whole United States, just the parts that are repurposed Walmarts.] It won’t be. You look at what’s happening in Europe. [Despite Trump’s tweet this morning, the German crime rate is at a 25-year low]. You look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States. Not on my watch.
For the rest of the world, you look at everything that’s taking place—pick up your newspapers this morning [print’s not dead!] and you see. We want safety and we want security for our country. If the Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing we could have something done very quickly. Good for the children, good for the country, good for the world. It could take place quickly. We could have an immigration bill. [Three days ago, Trump refused to sign his own party’s immigration bill]. We could have child separation—we’re stuck with these horrible laws. [There is no law mandating that families be separated.] They’re horrible laws. What’s happening is so sad. It’s so sad. And it can be taken care of quickly, beautifully and we’ll have safety.
This could really be something very special. It could be something maybe even for the world to watch, just like they’re watching our great economy how it’s soaring. They could watch this. We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world. Nobody has such sad, such bad...and actually in many cases such horrible and tough. You see about child separation, you see what’s going on there. But just remember a country without borders is not a country at all. We need borders. We need security. We need safety. We have to take care of our people.
You take a look at the death and destruction that’s been caused by people coming into this country without going through a process. [Because if there’s one thing that stops death and destruction, it’s “process.”] We want a merit-based immigration system, so that Boeing and Lockheed and all of the people, Grumman, all of the people that are here today, the heads of every company, [Won’t someone please think of the defense contractors!] so you can hire people on a merit-based—you know they’re coming in, they’re people that came on merit. Not based on a lottery or people that snuck across a border. [It’s never been legal to hire undocumented workers]. And they could be murders and thieves and so much else. [innocent families searching for a better life for their children, perhaps?] So we want a safe country and it starts with the borders.
And that’s the way it is. [It doesn’t have to be.]
Then the president talked about resurrecting the space race and announced he’s directing the Pentagon to create a “Space Force” as a new branch of the military. Zoom!