January 8th, 2019 17:53 EST
Trump: Congress Must Do More to Address The Border Crisis
I campaigned on Border Security, which you cannot have without a strong and powerful Wall. Our Southern Border has long been an "Open Wound," where drugs, criminals (including human traffickers) and illegals would pour into our Country.
CRISIS AT THE BORDER: President Trump continues to stress the need to pass legislation that will address the security and humanitarian crises on our Southern Border.
- The United States Southern Border is overwhelmed with illegal immigration, gang violence, crime, drugs, and human trafficking.
- President Trump has requested a modest amount of funding to address these issues while Democrats continue to resist in the name of politics.
- We cannot keep our country safe without adequate funding for Border security, including a physical barrier and increased funding for law enforcement.
BORDER SECURITY AND HUMANITARIAN PRIORITIES: Any government funding bill must address the security and humanitarian crises on our Southern Border. The Administration has requested additional funds-relative to the FY2019 Homeland Security funding bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee (Committee)-to address these priorities.
- $5.7 billion for construction of a steel barrier on the Southern Border to fund 234 miles of new physical barrier-an increase of $4.1 billion over the Committee bill.
- $675 million to deter and detect narcotics, weapons, and other materials that pose a threat to the United States-an increase of $631 million over the Committee bill.
- Will provide Non-Intrusive Inspection technology for all incoming vehicle lanes of traffic at U.S. Southwest Border Land Ports of Entry, as well as necessary canine and other support.
- $211 million to hire 750 additional Border Patrol agents in order to keep our borders safe and secure-an increase of $100 million over the Committee bill.
- $800 million to fund enhanced medical support, transportation, consumable supplies, and additional temporary facilities necessary to ensure the well-being of those taken into custody.
IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT: Congress must fund additional immigration detention beds and law enforcement personnel.