Trump rips Democrats for allowing MS-13 'animals' into country

President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE attacked Democrats in Congress over immigration in his weekly address Saturday, blaming the party for refusing to close "loopholes" that allow gang members, including MS-13 members, into the United States.

In the video message, Trump singled out House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report On The Money — Will the billionaire tax survive Joe Manchin? Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs MORE (D-Calif.), accusing her of trying to "protect" MS-13 members who he described as "animals" in his remarks.

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"MS-13 gang members are truly, and you’ve heard me say it, animals — and yet Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats continue to protect them and to push for open borders," Trump said.

"The record is plain: Washington Democrats voted against 'Kate’s Law,' they voted against legislation to deport gang members and they voted for 'sanctuary cities' where these violent criminals hide," Trump continued. "Democrats in Congress have opposed every measure that would close these immigration loopholes and bring the slaughter to an end."

The president has frequently used murders and other crimes committed by MS-13 members as justification for his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE enacted earlier this year.

A small fraction of immigrants apprehended at the border are affiliated with MS-13, according to Vox and other sources. The Trump administration estimates the gang to number just over 10,000 nationally in comparison to the millions of undocumented immigrants across the country.

In closing, Trump urged Americans to demand that lawmakers pass tougher measures aimed at fighting the criminal gang.

"Americans must demand their lawmakers support the legislation we need to defeat MS-13 once and for all — and to ensure every American child, in every American community, can grow up in safety, and grow up in security and in peace," he said.