President Donald Trump offered a range of initiatives geared toward criminal justice reform during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
He started out using a call for prison reform in addition to solutions to help prisoners find work after their sentences end.
“As America regains its strength, This specific opportunity must be extended to all citizens,” Trump said. “of which is usually why This specific year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance.”
Then the president’s tone took a darker turn as he began to focus on crime resulting by what he called “open borders,” linking crime to what he considers unchecked illegal immigration.
Gang members, such as those inside notorious MS-13 gang, the president said, are committing crimes in America due to immigration “loopholes” of which allow violent criminals to “break into our country.”
Trump said the White House has proposed brand-new immigration legislation, appearing to reference the bills being debated in Congress regarding funding for the proposed border wall in addition to additional immigration issues.
The legislation will support ICE in addition to border patrol agents, whom the president called “great people, these are great, great people of which work so hard inside midst of such danger to ensure This specific can never happen again.”