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January 13, 2018

Friends,


 
 
Why is Washington still at a standstill over border security and government funding? After trying to negotiate a bipartisan deal for weeks, President Donald Trump asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer if they would follow through on border security funding if the rest of the government was reopened, and they said, ďno.Ē
 
As President Trump clearly laid out to the American people last week from the Oval Office, the crisis at our southern border is undeniable. Thatís why I supported his requested $5.7 billion in funding to secure our border and build the wall. I have visited our southern border to get a first-hand look and meet with Border Patrol agents to hear their needs and concerns. Iíve seen the serious vulnerabilities, and I share President Trumpís commitment to securing our border.
 
Itís a national security crisis.
 
We must be able to make intelligent decisions about who and what crosses our border. While many illegal immigrants are innocent people seeking safety and a better life, the truth is criminals and terrorists are exploiting weaknesses along our porous border. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, 17,000 adults with existing criminal records were arrested at the border. In that same time period, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents saved over 900 children from human trafficking and sexual assault. And they seized 2,370 pounds of fentanyl the year before Ė thatís enough to kill every single American citizen by overdose.
 
Itís a humanitarian crisis.
 
The previous administrationís open-border policies and Washingtonís inability to secure our border make illegal immigrants believe that once they reach our soil, they will be able to stay here no matter what. This has only encouraged other families and unaccompanied children in Central America to make the dangerous journey and put their lives at risk. Itís absolutely tragic. Estimates show one in three migrant women is sexually assaulted on the journey to our border. Every day, 50 illegal migrants are referred for emergency medical care. And Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rescues 4,300 people a year who are in danger and distress.
 
This crisis requires a comprehensive solution. Thatís exactly why I have voted for resources and tools like more boots on the ground, increased detention space, improved surveillance technology, and a wall. Border security is threefold: technology, law enforcement officers and physical barriers all play important roles.
 
Americans on both sides of the aisle agree that we need comprehensive immigration reform and border security.
 
Why canít Washington get it done?
 
Maybe one reason is Nancy Pelosi isnít focused on border security and reopening the government.Instead she made grandstanding on gun control her priority last week. Congressional Democrats introduced H.R. 8, legislation to require a background check for every firearm sale. This legislation might sound common sense, but current law already requires a background check on every commercial gun purchase in America. Current law also prohibits whatís known as ďstraw purchases.Ē
 
This legislation does nothing to prevent gun violence, yet threatens the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. Instead of working on common sense solutions that can actually help prevent tragediesólike supporting local law enforcement, ensuring laws and protocols are followed to spot warning signs and improving mental health careóDemocrats are targeting law-abiding gun owners.
 
For the sake of all Americans, these political games have to end. I will continue to work with any Democrat and any Republican to solve the problems facing you and your family.

 

Until next week,

Richard Hudson

Member of Congress (NC-08)




 


 



 


 





 








 


























 




 




 









 

 

 

 

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