Joining Melania in the gallery this evening is a very brave 10-year-old girl, Grace Eline. America was founded on liberty and independence --- not government coercion, domination, and control. Human traffickers and sex traffickers take advantage of the wide open areas between our ports of entry to smuggle thousands of young girls and women into the United States and to sell them into prostitution and modern-day slavery. We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom -- and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair. Our biggest victories are still to come. This is our future -- our fate -- and our choice to make.
Together, we represent the most extraordinary Nation in all of history. Great nations do not fight endless wars. This powerful barrier almost completely ended illegal crossings. We must choose whether we will squander our inheritance -- or whether we will proudly declare that we are Americans. After 24 months of rapid progress, our economy is the envy of the world, our military is the most powerful on earth, and America is winning each and every day. She served almost 22 years and had expected to be in prison for the rest of her life.
When American soldiers set out beneath the dark skies over the English Channel in the early hours of D-Day, 1944, they were just young men of 18 and 19, hurtling on fragile landing craft toward the most momentous battle in the history of war. Companies are coming back to our country in large numbers thanks to historic reductions in taxes and regulations. She had a big impact on that prison population -- and far beyond. I am asking the Congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for American patients. Ambrose Crusade in Europe by Dwight Eisenhower D-Day Normandy: The Story and Photographs by Donald Goldstein The Americans at D-Day: The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion by John McManu. I have also accelerated our negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan.
But I don't blame China for taking advantage of us -- I blame our leaders and representatives for allowing this travesty to happen. And when the challenge comes, be ready. Year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens. Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag: Buzz Aldrin. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth. This is wrong, unfair, and together we can stop it. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children -- born and unborn -- are made in the holy image of God.
Many childhood cancers have not seen new therapies in decades. As we work to defend our people's safety, we must also ensure our economic resurgence continues at a rapid pace. They did it for America -- they did it for us. Now, Republicans and Democrats must join forces again to confront an urgent national crisis. And just weeks ago, both parties united for groundbreaking criminal justice reform. This is a moral issue. They did not know if they would grow old.
Tonight, I am also asking you to join me in another fight that all Americans can get behind: the fight against childhood cancer. An economic miracle is taking place in the United States -- and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. San Diego used to have the most illegal border crossings in the country. We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction. Smugglers use migrant children as human pawns to exploit our laws and gain access to our country. It required two years of planning, training, and supplying by the United States and Great Britain, and was one of the most heavily guarded secrets of the war. Their cause was this Nation, and generations yet unborn.
The Senate has failed to act on these nominations, which is unfair to the nominees and to our country. More than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. Our troops have fought with unmatched valor -- and thanks to their bravery, we are now able to pursue a political solution to this long and bloody conflict. And we must always keep faith in America's destiny -- that one Nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world! I've gotten to know many wonderful Angel Moms, Dads, and families -- no one should ever have to suffer the horrible heartache they have endured.
Together, we can break decades of political stalemate. One of them was Herman Zeitchik. Now, we must step boldly and bravely into the next chapter of this great American adventure, and we must create a new standard of living for the 21st century. Victory is not winning for our party. As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Just three weeks ago, Debra's parents, Gerald and Sharon, were burglarized and shot to death in their Reno, Nevada, home by an illegal alien. Last year, I heard through friends the story of Alice Johnson.
Last year, Grace was diagnosed with brain cancer. My Administration has cut more regulations in a short time than any other administration during its entire tenure. As part of our commitment to improving opportunity for women everywhere, this Thursday we are launching the first ever Government-wide initiative focused on economic empowerment for women in developing countries. When I saw Alice's beautiful family greet her at the prison gates, hugging and kissing and crying and laughing, I knew I did the right thing. The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda.