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“We have a right to know who comes into our nation from the outside and an obligation to ensure those individuals are here lawfully and do not pose a risk. That process begins by asserting control over our own border.
Opponents claim, “Walls and barriers don’t work.” That is an illogical argument and is immediately debunked by simply looking at apprehensions of illegal immigrants along the southern border where fencing and walls have already been constructed:
San Diego, Calif., (built in 1992): apprehensions down 92 percent;
El Paso, Texas, (built in 1993): down 72 percent;
Tucson, Ariz., (built in 2000): down 90 percent; and
Yuma, Ariz., (built in 2005): down 95 percent.
Separately, our nation generously extends asylum protection to refugees who cannot return to their home country due to a “credible or reasonable fear.” Regrettably, there are many immigrants who abuse our asylum laws simply to enter our country. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the number of asylum-seekers has skyrocketed from roughly 5,000 in 2009 to about 100,000 in 2018. That’s a 1,750 percent increase.
Combine that with recent news of civil unrest in Central and South America along with migrant caravans approaching our southern border, and it’s clear that claims of asylum need to be processed fairly and efficiently. However, it is reasonable to expect that those individuals will follow our procedures for requesting asylum, and it is also reasonable to expect they not cross our borders illegally.”
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