Yesterday’s tragic terror attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, reminds us that national security is nothing without border security.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained the stakes. “This is an enormous challenge. We have this problem in the United States as well,” he said. “Lots of folks that we’re watching, we think are at risk, we try to monitor. But the numbers are so big. It’s why, frankly, border security matters.”
“We need to know who is coming in and out of our country.”
Controlling the border is a matter of public safety—one that includes many threats beyond terrorism. From October 2017 through this July, U.S. Border Patrol seized 6,423 pounds of cocaine, 532 pounds of heroin, 439,531 pounds of marijuana, 10,382 pounds of methamphetamine, and 332 pounds of fentanyl from Border Patrol checkpoints.
It’s time to make a deal. There’s nothing partisan about protecting our borders to encourage legal immigration.
For decades, Democrats have acknowledged the need for border security—even voting for it in the past. But when it’s time to make a deal, they won’t come to the table. pic.twitter.com/k1kpRO84QJ
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 12, 2018
Source: White House