A Cameroonian who immigrated legally to the United States when he was 14 years old and later joined the U.S. Army has told President Donald Trump to “take down the fake media” and “build the wall” on the southern border against other immigrants, arguing that while he is not opposed to immigration, he is like Mr. Trump, opposed to illegal immigration.
Ben Okereke was introduced by Mr. Trump when the President delivered remarks at the Young Black Leadership Summit 2019 on Friday.
President Trump described Mr. Okereke “as a very talented field artillery specialist who joined the United States Army and honorably served for four years”.
Mr. Trump characterized his service as a way “to give back to our country”.
Mr. Okereke thanked President Trump and Vice President Pence as well as others and told Trump to build the wall to stop illegal immigration.
His request stunned Cameroonians in the United States with many expressing disbelief and shame. Several began to share his request amongst the Cameroonian community in the United States.
“Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Vice President. And thank you, Charlie Kirk,” Okereke said.
“First of all, Mr. President, we would like to thank you for everything that you’ve done for the African American community so far. We thank you for criminal justice reform. We thank you for the lowest black unemployment rate in this country, sir. (Applause.)
“And finally, most importantly, sir, thank you for saving America and thank you.
“Finally, sir, thank you for taking down the fake news media, sir.
“Finally, we want you to build a wall, sir. (Laughter.) Frankly, because we don’t oppose immigration, but we oppose — but we oppose illegal immigration. So we want you to come to this country legally, if you’re going to come to this country. (Applause.) Thank you.”