President Donald Trump called for a “new surge” of immigrants to Florida on Friday, warning that “our people have already lost their lives” in the Orlando massacre.
“As of today, our people have lost an amazing amount of lives.
They’ve lost their loved ones, they’ve lost entire communities,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Florida.”
We are not a sanctuary state.
We are not an immigration state.
The people who live here and the families that love this country, they are a part of our society.
We have to make a new surge,” he said.
The Orlando shooting has killed 49 people and wounded more than 500, including several police officers.
The attack on a gay nightclub on June 12 left 50 dead and more than 50 wounded.
The president, who has been under intense pressure from some Republican lawmakers to enact tough new immigration laws, made clear his frustration with Congress and urged Americans to “rise up”.
“The country is sick, and I have to tell you,” he told the rally.
“I’ve seen people in my administration, many of them Republicans, who’ve said that they want to build a wall and we’re going to build it.
And they’re wrong.”
But Trump said he believed that would not solve the issue.
“When we build a border, when we do something that’s against the law, we will get that wall,” he continued.
“You have to have somebody, somebody’s going to have to stand up and say, ‘You know what?
You can’t do this.'”
He said the “tremendous” numbers of undocumented immigrants who were in the US illegally was proof that immigration laws needed to be changed.
“And this is what we’re doing.
We’re going after people that we can’t find in the country.
We need to have a wall.
We can’t keep taking in so many people,” Trump added.”
So many people.
So many people that are coming into this country and are bringing drugs.
And it’s not even a border.
It’s a drug trade.
And the cartels have gotten so big.
And we have to do something about it.”
The Orlando massacre has reignited a national debate over immigration policy and raised questions about the future of the president’s signature legislation.
Trump on Friday also took aim at former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
“What we’re seeing in the United States right now is a system that is not working, and the American people are frustrated and they want a change,” Trump told a campaign event in Florida on Saturday.
“They want a big, bold, big change, because this system has failed them.
It has failed our workers.
It is not fair to the middle class.
It will not succeed in making us great again.”
But the president said the healthcare law was not working.
“It’s a very, very expensive law,” he added.
“It is a disaster, and we will fix it.”
Trump also said he was open to a border wall.
“The wall, we’ll have to see what happens,” he responded to a question about a proposed wall along the southern border.