What will it take to secure our border? Border security is national security.
Another sad example of this is Mollie Tibbetts who disappeared while on a nightly jog. After a month of mystery, it has been revealed that Tibbetts, the missing Iowa student, was found dead in a cornfield after she was reportedly murdered by an illegal alien. The murder suspect’s name is Cristhian Bahena Rivera, and he is 24 years old. Rivera had lived in Iowa for four to seven years and worked on a local farm. According to local officials, Mollie was killed by “multiple sharp force injuries” characteristic of a stabbing by a knife or similar object.
What makes this case different? The fact that this brutal murder could’ve been prevented with one simple thing, a border wall.
America currently has millions of illegal aliens and thousands of them commit crimes each year. According to Customs and Border Patrol, in Fiscal Year 2017 over 8,000 aliens were apprehended on the border with crimes such as homicide, assault, and robbery already on their record. This is just the arrests that take place on the border. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in 2017 there were over 105,000 arrests of illegal aliens already in the U.S. with a criminal background.
These statistics make it clear. Dangerous aliens cross the U.S. border illegally and there are hundreds of thousands of them settled throughout the country illegally.
How can this be?
For decades, America’s borders have essentially remained open. Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants flow into America each year, and politicians in Washington, charged with enforcing our laws, continue to sit idly by as the crisis continues.
The only thing close to securing America’s border was the Secure Fence Act of 2006 which passed with widespread Republican and Democrat support. President George W. Bush signed it into a law which would’ve built a fence along much of the Southern border. What happened instead, you might ask? Some 600 odd miles of fencing was completed in the years following the law’s passage. That leaves over 1,000 miles of terrain on the border with no fence or physical barrier.
Specifically, the Fence Act passed 283–138 in the House and passed in the Senate 80–19. Today, many of those same politicians refuse to support similar legislation. All in the name of caring for the plight of illegal immigrants. What about the death of American citizens like Molly Tibbetts? Imagine the plight that her family is going through and will go through for many more years.
The list of Americans who have died at the hands of illegal aliens goes well beyond this one example. According to the Washington Times, from 2010-2014 there are “121 murders attributed to illegals released by the Obama administration.” This is only the ones who were arrested and convicted.
The sad reality is that many politicians in Washington, both Republican and Democrat, don’t care enough about the suffering of people like the Tibbett family to do anything about our border crisis.
There is blood on the hands of every public official who refuses to secure our border and protect American citizens.
How long will American citizens suffer as government officials ignore laws already on the books and refuse basic safety measures like a border wall? Would you live or sleep in an apartment or house without a door? And if you had a door, wouldn't you want to lock it?
It is time that the American people hold these people accountable at the ballot box come November.