WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, bypassing Congress to build a wall along the southern U.S. border, on the US southern border on Friday.
The United States has spent trillions of taxpayer dollars and human capital on wars abroad, while Americans continue to be plagued by the perils of open borders, the Republican president told reporters in the Rose Garden.
“Today I am announcing several critical actions that my administration is taking to confront a problem that we have right here at home. We fight wars that are six thousand miles away – wars that we should have never been in many cases, but we don’t control our own border,” Trump extemporaneously declared.
Trump noted that he’s fulfilled his campaign promises of revitalizing the U.S. military, economy and America’s standing. But constructing a wall along the border, the president warned, is vital to sustaining American sovereignty, national security and saving American lives and is more important than adhering to a campaign pledge.
“We are going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we are going to do it one way or the other. We have to do it, not because it’s campaign promise – which it is. It was one of many by the way, not my only one. We are rebuilding the military, our economy is thriving like never before. You look at other economies, they are doing terribly and we are doing phenomenally” he said. “We will create new records. So our country is doing very well economically.
“We’ve done a lot. But one of the things I said I have to do and I want to do is border security because we have tremendous amounts of drugs flowing into our country, much of it coming from the southern border.”
Democratic lawmakers, who insist walls won’t prevent the influx of drugs and human traffickers into the United States, are brazenly lying to the American people, the president cautioned.
“When you listen to politicians, particularly certain Democrats, they say ‘it all comes through the port of entry’– it’s wrong. It’s just a lie. It’s all a lie. They say walls don’t work – wall work one hundred percent,” he said. “In El Paso, they have close to 2,000 murders right on the other side of the wall. And they had 23 murders – that’s a lot of murders – but it’s not close to 2000 murders, right on the other side of the wall in Mexico.”
The only way criminals or invaders will have the capacity to illegally the United States is by circumventing the wall, Trump added.
“Everyone knows that walls work,” he said. “Take a look at Israel. They are building another wall. Their wall is 99.9 percent effective they told me. That’s what it would be with us too. The only weakness is they go to a wall and then they go around the wall – they go around the wall and in,” he said.
Trump blasted Democratic “obstructionists'” Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Pelosi, D – Calif., for playing “big con-game” with the American public. He called their efforts to convince the American public that drug and human traffickers illegally cross the border through ports of entry “a big lie.”
“A majority of the big drug loads don’t go through ports of entry. They can’t go through ports of entry – you can’t take big loads because we have some very capable people – the border patrol, law enforcement looking. You can’t take human traffic women and girls, you can’t take them through ports of entry, you can’t have them tied up in a back seat of a car or truck or van,” he said. “They open the door, they look, they can see three women with tape in their mouth or three women whose hands are tied – they go through areas where you have no wall. Everybody knows that.
“Nancy knows it. Chuck knows it. They all know it. It’s all a big lie. It’s a big con game. You don’t have to be very smart to know you put up a barrier, the people come in and that’s it. They can’t do anything unless they walk left or right and they find an area where there is no barrier and the come into the United States, welcomed.”