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Border Security is National Security

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Washington, D.C., December 21, 2018 | comments

Washington, D.C. – The past few days in Washington, there’s been just one thing on people’s minds: border security. For decades, politicians have been promising a wall that will help protect our Nation’s borders, and for decades, politicians have failed to follow through on that promise. To that, I say “time’s up.”

In less than two weeks, Republicans will lose control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Democrats – who have advocated everything from open borders to abolishing ICE – will take over. That means we are almost out of time to deliver on the promise we made to the American people to secure our borders.

Illegal immigration is a crisis that grows in complexity every single day. In the last two months alone, the Customs and Border Patrol has noted a nearly 90% increase in attempted illegal border crossings compared to this time last year, and it is believed that somewhere in the ballpark of 12 million illegal immigrants currently reside in the United States. Finding a solution to this evolving immigration crisis is long overdue, but any solution must rely first and foremost on a secure southern border. While the border wall cannot be the only solution to this problem, it is a fundamental component of reducing the volume and scope of this problem that’s plaguing in our country.

Simply put, border security is national security. Republicans nationwide – from President Trump to myself – ran on the idea of building the wall for one important reason: walls work. Since the construction of a wall along the border near the San Diego area, there has been a 92% drop in illegal traffic. Similarly, El Paso, Texas, illegal immigration decreased by 95%. Decades of an exposed and broken border have only encouraged more immigrants to enter the United States illegally and led to an increase in human and drug trafficking. Leaving our borders vulnerable like this is not only irresponsible – it’s downright dangerous. 

It’s the job of Congress to legislate – and appropriate – and it’s time for us to deliver. President Trump requested $5 billion to fund the construction of the border wall. That’s a small price to pay – especially considering that the federal government approved a $1.3 trillion “omnibus” package earlier this year. That comes out to about $2.5 million a minute. In other words, the President is asking for only about a day and a half’s worth of spending to be allotted to securing our southern border.

On Thursday, with my support, the House passed legislation to avoid a government shutdown that would ensure that we advance even closer to a secure southern border by including the president’s request. Democrats say they want border security but refuse to fund it. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to put aside partisan politics and fulfill their duty to the American people by passing the House bill. Senator Schumer needs to bring his members to the table and put the safety and security of the Nation ahead of pandering to his liberal base.

There must be a vote taken in the Senate so the American people can see for themselves who stands up for their safety. If the Democrats decide to play games, they are failing the American people and shutting down the government in the process. It is time to put the safety of the American people first – ahead of politics – and build the wall.

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Featured in the Walton Tribune on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

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