“Today, I’m announcing several critical actions that my administration is taking to confront a problem that we have right here at home. We fight wars that are 6,000 miles away, wars that we should have never been in, in many cases, but we don’t control our own border. So, we are going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border. And we’re going to do it one way or the other. We have to do it — not because it was a campaign promise, which it is,” the President said as he laid the premise for the announcement of his national emergency declaration.
Furthermore, he stated that the economy has been doing exceptionally well and the rebuilding of the military is one of his priority.
“The market is getting close to the new highs that we created. We — we have all the records. We have every record. But we’re getting close to that point again where we’ll create new records,” said the President.
“So, our country is doing very well economically, and we’ve done a lot. But one of the things I said I have to do and I want to do is border security because we have tremendous amounts of drugs flowing into our country, much of it coming from the southern border,” added the President.
He also berated politicians and Democrats in particular for not recognizing the benefits of having a wall built as a form of border security.
“Take a look at Israel. They’re building another wall. Their wall is 99.9 percent effective; they tell me — 99.9 percent. That’s what it would be with us, too. The only weakness is they go to a wall, and then they go around the wall. They go around the wall and in. OK? That’s what it is, very simple,” said the President.
Additionally, he said,” A big majority of the big drugs — the big drug loads don’t go through ports of entry. They can’t go through ports of entry. You can’t take big loads because you have people — we have some very capable people, the Border Patrol, law enforcement, looking.”
Also, he said, “You can’t take human traffic, women, and girls — you can’t take them through ports of entry. You can’t have them tied up in the backseat of a car or a truck or a van. They open the door, they look. They can’t see women with tape on their mouth or three women whose hands are tied.”
He said people go through areas where there is no wall, and everyone knows it. Moreover, the President noted that more people had been detained at the border as well as a break up of more caravans, time and again.
He also said the military has been doing a fantastic job in breaking up the caravans and expressed his gratitude to Mexico for the role they have been playing in reducing the border crisis.
“One of the things we’d save tremendous — just a tremendous amount on would be sending the military. If we had a wall, we don’t need the military, because we’d have a wall,” stated the President.
The President added, “So, I’m going to be signing a national emergency. And it’s been signed many times before. It’s been signed by other presidents. From 1977 or so, it gave the presidents the power.”
He argued that other presidents had signed a national emergency without a problem.
“They sign it for far less important things in some cases — in many cases,” he said.
Yvad billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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