A Common-Sense Approach To Border Security

Daily CallerLast November the American people went to the polls and resoundingly rejected the “open borders” policies of the Obama administration. They made it very clear that in an age of high tech drug smuggling, heinous human trafficking, and international terrorism, securing our border was a national security priority. Unfortunately, President Obama chose to ignore this problem – putting politics before people, and failed us when we needed him to succeed.

As the twenty-first century repeatedly demonstrates, the United States continues to face dynamic threats to our homeland. For decades, illegal immigrants and violent criminals have been able to cross our weak borders with little trouble. This has left Americans vulnerable to the types of tragedies we have become increasingly familiar with, like the murder of Kate Steinle, a young woman gunned down by an undocumented immigrant who had illegally entered the U.S. five times. While we pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming nation, this kind of lawlessness is completely unacceptable.

Fortunately, things have changed. Now we have a partner in the White House who is committed to closing down illegal pathways to our country and restoring the rule of law. As President Trump made clear on the campaign trail, and in the first six months of his presidency, we need to build a wall on the most porous parts of our southern border and I couldn’t agree more. That is why I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Border Security for America Act. …

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