Texas Border Business
Millions of Americans, both Republican and Democrat, voted for President Donald J. Trump to reverse decades of failure by Washington and fix America’s broken immigration system.
With that election, the American people sent a message that they are tired of politicians talking one way about our border and then acting another.
President Trump will keep his promise. He has offered a strong, common-sense proposal to stop gang members, drug smugglers, and human traffickers from exploiting our Southern border. It’s a goal most Democrats claim to share. But when the Administration requested $5.7 billion—about .01 percent of the 2018 Federal budget—for construction of a border wall, Democrats walked away.
No more political games. It’s time to come together and make a deal.
Democrats say they want border security
This week, Democratic leaders exposed their indifference and denial when they called the humanitarian and security crisis at our border “a manufactured crisis.” It turns out many Democrats, including President Obama don’t agree.
The stories of suffering are real, as President Trump told Americans on Tuesday night. Each week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone—90 percent of which floods across our Southern border. The gaps in our security leave a pathway for drug cartels and human traffickers, who prey on vulnerable migrants and their children.
Open borders empower criminals, too. In California, an Air Force veteran was raped and brutally murdered by an illegal alien with a long criminal history. In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in our country as unaccompanied minors were charged with viciously stabbing a 16-year-old girl last year.
These aren’t isolated crimes. In the last two years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have arrested more than a quarter-million aliens with criminal records—including those charged with or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 murders.
To their credit, rank-and-file Democrats have started breaking with their leaders, admitting that physical barriers are needed. “I don’t understand [Speaker Nancy Pelosi] saying it’s ‘immoral,’” Sen. Angus King (I-ME) says. “Certainly you need barriers and we support barriers,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) explains.
Your voice matters. Washington is starting to listen. “If I am getting comments and contact from my constituents expressing concern that the Democrats are not prioritizing security, then I think we can do better,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) says.