President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE on Tuesday renewed his call for a crackdown on illegal immigration during an event honoring fallen law enforcement officers.
Speaking outside the U.S. Capitol, Trump called on lawmakers to fund his proposed border wall, pass new measures cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities and end what he called “catch and release” immigration laws.
“We don’t want it anymore. We’ve had it. Enough is enough,” Trump said at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.
He said current policies “release violent criminals back into our communities” and put police and border patrol officers’ lives at risk.
Trump also revived another controversial, but unfulfilled, campaign pledge: mandating capital punishment for people who kill police officers.
“We must end the attacks on our police and we must end them right now,” the president said. “We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty. Bring it forth.”
Trump has become increasingly frustrated with U.S. immigration laws, blasting them as too weak and blaming them for an uptick in illegal border crossings this year.
He reportedly dressed down Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' MORE for not being aggressive enough in going after people who cross illegally into the U.S.
Trump’s remarks are the latest sign he believes the government is moving too slowly to fulfill some of the core promises of his 2016 campaign, including building a “big beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border and shutting off illegal immigration.
Many of the administration’s proposals and actions, including using family separation to deter illegal crossings, have run into fierce opposition from immigrants rights groups and lawmakers.