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Published:January 9th, 2019 19:50 EST
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Trump Calls on Congress to Secure our Borders

By SOP newswire3

Now is the time-this is the moment-to finally secure the border and create the lawful and safe immigration system Americans, and those wanting to become Americans, deserve.

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THE CRISIS FACING OUR COUNTRY: We are facing a growing national security and humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border.

  • This crisis is only worsening as 2,000 inadmissible migrants arrive at our border every day and overwhelm our immigration system.
    • We do not have the resources needed to hold them, and legal loopholes and activist court rulings prevent authorities from promptly returning them.
    • Immigration courts are overwhelmed, with a backlog of over 800,000 cases.
  • We must secure our border to protect our communities and make sure no more Americans fall victim to crimes committed by illegal aliens.
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested 266,000 aliens with criminal records in the last two years.
    • This includes aliens charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, nearly 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings.
  • Deadly drugs are flowing across our borders, taking far too many American lives.
    • 300 Americans die every week from heroin, 90 percent of which comes across our Southern Border.
  • We are facing a humanitarian crisis as human smugglers exploit our immigration system for profit and drive migrants to make the treacherous journey north to the border.
    • 1 in 3 migrant women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek to the border.
    • 20,000 migrant children were illegally smuggled into the country last month alone.
RESOURCES NEEDED: The Trump Administration has requested additional funds relative to the Homeland Security funding bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • The Administration has requested $5.7 billion for construction of approximately 234 miles of new steel barrier on the Southern Border, a $4.1 billion increase over the Senate bill.
  • To protect our communities, the Administration requested $675 million to deter and detect narcotics, weapons, and other materials crossing our borders.
  • Among the Administration`s requests for more resources are:
    • $211 million to hire 750 additional Border Patrol agents
    • $571 million for 2,000 additional ICE personnel
    • $4.2 billion for 52,000 detention beds, personnel, transportation, and detention alternatives
    • $563 million for 75 additional immigration judges and support staff
TIME TO ACT: President Trump is calling on Congress to fulfill their duty to the American people and finally take action to secure the border.
  • The President is calling on Congress to stop the political games and come together and address the crisis we are facing.
  • Congress has a responsibility to protect the safety and security of the American people and it needs to meet that responsibility by providing the funding needed to secure the border.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-calls-congress-secure-borders-protect-american-people/

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