In weekly press conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared that funding a border wall would be “immoral” and “ineffective,” but that Congress has a “responsibility, all of us, to secure our borders.”
Furthermore, Pelosi said it was “not necessarily” the case that a continuing resolution would include previously agreed-to money for border security, including funds for a “fence” on the border.
“It depends on how you spend the money. It’s border security. It’s about border security,” replied the California Democrat.
Pelosi seems to be under some delusion that opposing a border wall, and maybe even refusing to support strengthening existing fencing qualifies as border security.
Let’s see how that is working.
According to data released Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 62,456 foreign nationals were apprehended attempting to illegally enter the U.S. or who were deemed inadmissible at ports of entry in November compared to the 39,051 apprehended in November 2017 – a 60 percent increase.
“The November 2018 border numbers are the predictable result of a broken immigration system – including flawed judicial rulings – that usurps the will of the American people who have repeatedly demanded secure borders,” said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokeswoman Katie Waldman.
Have our borders become more secure without the “immoral” border wall?
The data show the number family member apprehensions in November 2018 (25,172) rose 9 percent over October numbers (23,115). But when compared with the number of apprehensions in November 2017, there has been a 200 percent spike in family member apprehensions in just one year.
While headlines focus on Customs and Border Patrol’s (CBP) ongoing efforts to prevent masses of migrants from the Central American caravan from crossing into California, officials along the Texas border also are witnessing a similar trend of larger groups of immigrants – some in the hundreds – presenting themselves to agents.
“We’ve seen that there has been a bit of an increase. I think every sector along the border has been preparing for these moments because we have seen larger groups especially family units coming across,” Agent Joe Romero said.
“The last number that we had was upwards of 400 individuals that crossed in the midway area and the Ysleta port of entry,” added Romero.
And how is having no wall helping to combat the illicit drug trade?
The danger is not confined to illegal migration. In the last week, CBP seized more than $1.3 million worth of illicit drugs in Nogales, Texas; nearly $178,000 in methamphetamine in Arizona; and a 22-year-old woman with 24 pounds of cocaine in Hidalgo, Texas.
Democrats and their amnesty-backing allies in Congress pay lip-service to “border security,” while simultaneously building a protective legal wall around illegal aliens. Once again, the data show this approach is what is immoral and ineffective.