Declaring a national emergency is how dictators subvert democracy.
There is no emergency on the southern border. Illegal border crossings have been steadily declining every year for the last TEN YEARS to the lowest levels in many decades (thanks, Obama!).
Two thirds of undocumented immigrants entered the country LEGALLY with legal, VALID (but temporary) student or tourist visas and when those temporary visas expired, they simply stayed and didn’t go back home. The DEMOCRATIC proposal for $1.3 BILLION dollars in funding includes funding for improved monitoring of visa overstays.
Drugs, contraband and smuggled illegal immigrants who cross the border illegally mostly cross at authorized ports of entry and checkpoints. They simply ride through in cars or in cargo shipment containers, because only a fraction are inspected. They take their chances. The DEMOCRATIC proposal for $1.3 BILLION dollars in funding includes increased inspections of more vehicles and cargo containers entering the country at points of entry.
The Democrats do NOT support “open borders.” Democrats support responsible border control with measures that actually work, not wasting money on increased border fencing, since existing operations started under Obama already have crossings down to the lowest levels in DECADES.
May 31, 2017