President Trump told thousands of voters who came to support the Mississippi Senate runoff campaign of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) that illegal aliens, including those who join the “caravans” between Mexico and the United States, are putting American workers at a disadvantage.
“Illegal immigration is also deeply unfair to American workers, including African-American workers. People do not realize what happens,” Trump said.
“My administration will always put the citizens of our country first. The policy of open borders are a threat to every community.”
The Economic Policy Institute found that in the third quarter of 2018, black unemployment was at least double the white unemployment rate across the United States—at 6.3 percent compared to 3.2 percent respectively. Asian worker unemployment was just 3 percent, according to the institute.
The president sent a clear message to the people in the caravans who still believe they might make it into the United States.
“To the lawless caravans and illegal trespassers marching toward our border, it is very simple: Turn back now, go back home, we will not let you in,” Trump said, as people attending the rally repeatedly chanted, “Build the wall.”
“Frankly, if we did not show them strength and a strong border, if we did not do that, you would have hundreds of thousands of people pouring into our country. We are doing a job and will continue to do a job. We are doing what’s right.”
The runoff was triggered in Mississippi when neither incumbent Sen. Hyde-Smith or her main competitor Mike Espy (D-Miss.) secured the majority of the vote needed to win the Nov. 6 election. Hyde-Smith won 42 percent of the votes while Espy won 40 percent.
According to ballotpedia.org, the runoff decides through a secondary primary election which of the top candidates from the first primary election will be elected to office. The outcome of the runoff will be decided on Nov. 27.
Data Shows Link Between Illegal Immigration and Crime
Since November 2016, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 235,000 illegal aliens with criminal records, according to Trump. The president also said the Texas Department of Public Safety found that illegal immigrants committed more than 663,000 crimes between the years 2011 and 2018.
“You hear these stories about, ‘Oh, they do not commit crimes, we commit crimes. They do not commit crimes.’
“Always, it is us. No, no, it does not work that way. It is fake news,” Trump said as the audience applauded.
Election Will Boil Down to Traditional Values
Hyde-Smith agrees that the Nov. 27 election will be about a variety of issues, including lower taxes, lighter regulations, protecting the life of unborn babies, and better support for the military, police, and war veterans.
“I have worked very hard for you, and you can count on me when it comes to your conservative values,” she said.
“It is such a critical election tomorrow [Nov. 27] we have got to go out. What’s on the ballot tomorrow is not just my name, Cindy Hyde-Smith, it is your conservative values. That is what is on the ballot tomorrow.”