Hold the line

Opinion: It is critical that borders be secure.  Just as we secure our homes, we must secure the nation not because we hate what is outside, but because we love what is inside.  On this there is no compromise.

According to official sources the growing national security and humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border is 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 including 300 Americans that 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.  Witnesses report 1 in 3 migrant women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek to the border.  Over 20,000 migrant children were illegally smuggled into the country last month alone.

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