Trump praises immigration enforcement officers, takes swipe at Democrats

Trump praises immigration enforcement officers, takes swipe at Democrats

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Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen addressed the attendees at the "Salute to the Heroes." (Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen/Twitter)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump assured immigration enforcement officers Monday that his administration will stand with them in the face of criticism from “a coalition of open-borders extremists.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel gathered at the White House Monday for an official event dubbed “Salute to the Heroes,” which included remarks from the president lauding members of the respective agencies for their service, but also included numerous dives into the politics surrounding immigration.

“Any politician who puts criminal aliens ahead of Americans should find a new line of work,” Trump said.

Trump went on to predict that Republicans would do well in the midterm elections since his party was running on a law-and-order platform. 

President Donald Trump listens as a Customs and Border Protection speaker addresses the audience. (Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen/Twitter)

“People respect law and order and they love our law enforcement,” Trump said. “I think we’re going to have much more a red wave than what you’re going to see as a phony blue wave. Blue wave means crime and open borders. Not good.”

The president took a more direct swipe at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently made headlines for stating “we’re not going to make America great again — it was never that great” during a bill signing, a comment that he has since attempted to walk back.

“I think that’s the end of that career,” Trump quipped.

The president made his own blunders, however, during his remarks, including over a half dozen instances in which he incorrectly used the acronym “CBC” to describe Customs and Border Protection and a moment in which the president praised a Hispanic border patrol agent for speaking “perfect English.”

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