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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 PelosiCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Top Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays 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 SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign 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.