LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former President Donald Trump lavished reward Saturday on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for not permitting the Biden administration entry to take away razor wire in a well-liked hall for migrants illegally coming into the U.S. in an escalating feud over immigration.

In a speech centered overwhelmingly on border safety, Trump mentioned Texas needs to be given full assist in its measures to discourage migrants alongside the U.S.-Mexico border. The state is proscribing the U.S. Border Patrol after the Supreme Court docket cleared the way for these federal brokers to chop or take away the sharp steel barrier.

“When I’m president, instead of trying to send Texas a restraining order, I will send them reinforcements,” Trump informed a crowd of supporters in Las Vegas, the place he rallied on an indoor soccer area in a largely Latino neighborhood. “Instead of fighting border states, I will use every resource tool and authority of the U.S. president to defend the United States of America from this horrible invasion that is taking place right now.”

Trump largely prevented speaking about a verdict delivered by a jury in a defamation case Friday, ordering him to pay an extra $83.3 million to columnist E. Jean Carroll, who he known as a liar for accusing him of sexual assault.

The previous president, who’s getting nearer to securing the Republican presidential nomination, mentioned he was the sufferer of the Biden administration weaponizing regulation enforcement towards him as he faces 91 criminal charges in four indictments accusing him of attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election, mishandling categorised paperwork and arranging payoffs to a porn star.

“What they’re doing with elections and election interference as an example of what they do with me,” he mentioned. “Look at yesterday, look at all this crap that’s going on, but we keep marching forward, we just keep going and somehow it all works out.”

Annabelle Weislocher, 51, a nurse who retired from the Navy and the Air Drive Reserve, mentioned she felt the instances towards Trump are makes an attempt to weaken him and drain him from his sources.

“They know he’s leading. They know he’s strong. And they’re doing everything just to lower him,” she mentioned. “That’s what they’re trying to do, take his money thinking he won’t have enough funds to campaign. That’s the goal.”

Trump’s assist amongst Hispanics has grown since he first ran in 2016. And on Saturday, he drove that time, drawing loud cheers when he claimed he was doing very properly in that voter demographic.

The Republican candidate mentioned Hispanic and Black households damage essentially the most from the arrival of migrants into the nation and mentioned President Joe Biden mustn’t have ended restrictions applied throughout the Trump administration to discourage migration.

“I’ll get it solved and I’ll get it solved and start the process on day one — on day one, we will start that process,” he mentioned. “That’s why we’re going to win the record share of Latino votes.”

The historic number of migrants arriving on the U.S. border with Mexico throughout Biden’s time period is among the important challenges of his reelection marketing campaign.

Immigration was a high situation throughout Iowa’s Republican caucuses earlier this month, when Trump received. An AP VoteCast survey discovered about 9 in 10 caucusgoers backed constructing a wall alongside the U.S.-Mexico border, with about 7 in 10 expressing robust assist for the thought.

Rob Williams, a 25-year-old voter who attended the Las Vegas rally, mentioned he was glad Texas was defying the Biden administration over immigration.

“The good Texan people are stepping up to the plate, other states as well,” he mentioned. “They’re going to show the fight over there in Texas.”

Gomez Licon reported from Miami.