American Family Association (AFA) conducted a new survey on border security. The purpose of the survey was to identify the interest of AFA supporters on the issue of border security and to gauge the level of support they had for President Donald Trump’s plan for constructing a wall on the southern border. In the first few hours, nearly 20,000 people responded! In all, 34,514 respondents weighed in for the three-question survey that ended Friday afternoon.
First, nearly all respondents (96%) said they support President Trump’s plan for a physical barrier at the southern border. A very small number of respondents (3%) opposed the president’s plan. Respondents having no opinion on the president’s plan were few (1%).
The most startling statistic of the survey is that an overwhelming majority (90%) of AFA supporters want President Trump to continue the partial government shutdown to force Congress to fund construction for the border wall.
Building a wall on the U.S. southern border was a signature campaign promise of then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. His strong stance on border security was one of the main reasons he was catapulted into the presidency.
Despite a partial government shutdown, President Trump is maintaining a firm resolve to secure government funding to build the wall. Democrats in Congress seem determined in their resolve to obstruct the very agenda that put the president in the White House and are refusing to allocate funds for a border wall. Congressional Republicans are standing with the president.
President Trump and Republican leaders say a wall is a necessary, first defense against sex trafficking, as well as preventing illegal drugs and violent criminals from entering the country.
In Fiscal Year 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported the arrest of 17,000 individuals with criminal records. The CBP apprehends about 21 wanted criminals every day at the southern border. For those illegal aliens already in the country, ICE officers arrested 266,000 aliens with criminal records over the past two years. These arrests included those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults and nearly 30,000 sex crimes.
Republican advocates for a physical wall point to the Laredo Sector of the United States Border in Laredo, TX. This area has over 150 miles without a constructed barrier between the U.S. and Mexico. Border security reports related to this sector indicate the Mexican drug cartel, Los Zetas, targets this weak spot in the Laredo Sector to transport illegal drugs. The Laredo Sector is also reported to be a target for illegal entry of Syrian and Bangladeshi nationals.
Democratic opponents of a physical wall say the Rio Grande River is a sufficient, natural barrier. Therefore, they say no wall is necessary. They say border monitoring technology is a better solution to prevent illegal aliens from crossing the southern border into the U.S.
The U.S. Constitution, Article Four, Section Four, states the “United States shall guarantee to every State a republican form of government and shall protect each of them against invasion.” Providing this security is a mandatory function of the national government, but federal lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, have refused to seize the moment. It’s time to set aside partisan politics and pass President Trump’s plan to construct a wall on the southern border.
AFA supporters overwhelmingly agree.