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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Oh, Yeah - That Wall Is REALLY Being Built
President Trumptraveled yesterday to Yuma, Arizona, where he met with Border Patrol officers and gave Americans an update on the border wall with Mexico.
“This administrationhas basically funded us for 733 miles” of wall, Lieutenant General Todd Semonite of the Army Corps of Engineers said. “Forty-nine different projects are all going in the ground” across four states.
The new wall systemis one piece of President Trump’s larger agenda to protect America’s security and sovereignty. Last year, he negotiated historic agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to help stop the flood of illegal immigration across our border. Mexico even deployed thousands of troops to help.
Border apprehensionshave fallen by more than 70 percent since last May as a result.
American law enforcementofficers are stopping crime, drugs, and gangs in their tracks, as well. So far this fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized over 100,000 pounds of cocaine, over 83,000 pounds of meth, and over 2,700 pounds of fentanyl. Border Patrol apprehended 976 alien gang members last year, including 464 from the vile MS-13 gang. (MS-13’s motto is “Kill, Rape, Control.”)
“You’re setting recordsat the border,” President Trump told Border Patrol officers yesterday. “You’ve been unbelievable.”
Border protectionis more important than ever as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads globally. Strong border security is crucial tohelpingslow the spreadof the disease.
“A lot of the proceduresthat we are putting in place today are having a real impact on applying a consequence to those that are entering the country illegally,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said.
“We are returning90 percent of those individuals within 120 minutes, to date. That’s a big accomplishment.”