Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced that he supported President Donald J. Trump’s (R) decision to use National Guard troops to defend America’s southern border:
“I fully support President Trump’s use of our military to secure the border against invasion by foreign nationals,” Congressman Trump said. “Recent, highly-publicized caravans of thousands of foreigners heading for America’s border emphasize that it is past time for Congress to reform laws that entice and reward foreign nationals who illegally invade America. For too long, illegal aliens have exploited weak laws and then sought and sometimes gained de facto permanent legal status at great cost and damage to American taxpayers.”
“Until Congress gives President Trump funding for the physical border wall, his decision to send troops to the border, consistent with his Constitutional power as commander in chief, not only sends a strong message to the world that our borders will be secure, but more importantly preserves America’s national sovereignty,” Rep. Brooks said.
Tuesday at the White House, President Trump spoke of his intention to deploy U.S. military personnel to the southern border after Congress decided not to fund the President’s controversial border wall.
The President said that the decision to deploy the National Guard to the border was in response to Congress’s failure to fund the border wall.
“So, we are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States,” Pres. Trump said. “We have a meeting on it with General Mattis and everybody, and I think it’s something we have to do.”
In a tweet Sunday, President Trump said, “Honduras, Mexico and many other countries that the U.S. is very generous to, sends many of their people to our country through our WEAK IMMIGRATION POLICIES. Caravans are heading here. Must pass tough laws and build the WALL. Democrats allow open borders, drugs and crime!”
In 2015 Donald Trump was a New York City billionaire and popular reality TV star. When he decided to run for President, Trump made building a wall on the U.S./Mexico border one of his campaign priorities. More experienced rivals scoffed at the idea and said that the wall was an impractical idea that would never be built. Trump persevered and only doubled down on his promise to build a border wall. The voters embraced the border wall promise and, “We will build the wall.” became a major campaign theme.
As President, Trump has found little support in the Congress for building the wall on the border to stop the flow of illegal aliens and illegal drugs.
Senate Democrats claim that building the wall could cost $70 billion and cost $150 million a year to maintain, An internal Department of Homeland Security estimate was that it would cost $26 billion. Supporters argue that the wall would pay for itself by cutting the number of illegal aliens who come here for the generous social benefits like Medicaid, food stamps, free public schools and by lessening the flow of illegal drugs into this country. Over 60,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year and a lot of those drugs came across the sourthern border.
Mo Brooks represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional district. Brooks has long been an advocate for tightening border security and enforcing America’s immigration laws.