President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday, urging for increasing border security through the construction of a border wall. The President’s remarks were greeted with praise from Alabama’s Republican leaders.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan released a statement following President Trump’s first Oval Office address to the nation.
“The Alabama Republican Party fully supports President Trump and our U.S. Republican congressional delegation in their efforts to keep our borders secure,” Chairman Lathan said. “Our president gave a firm and factual account of the current crisis at our southern border. Our lack of strong border security has resulted in criminal gangs, drug smugglers and human traffickers pouring into our country and causing unimaginable pain and suffering for many. This is NOT a manufactured crisis. President Trump has a clear purpose- control our borders and ensure our immigration laws are properly followed so Americans can remain safe.”
“Unfortunately, the Democrat response comes as no surprise-obstruct this president for political points or else,” Lathan continued. “The Democrats are on the record calling for border security in the past. Why are they now completely reversing their stance? This is nothing more than a desire to stop President Trump. We call upon Senator Doug Jones to stand with Alabamians first to tighten and secure our nation’s borders. It is time to choose: obstruction or construction. We are truly grateful for our border control agents and law enforcement officers for doing their best to protect our nation. We stand with them.”
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said, “I’ve said repeatedly that ensuring the safety of the American people and the security of our borders is a fight worth fighting, and I applaud President Trump for his strong leadership in this fight. There is a humanitarian and security crisis on the border, and we must address this crisis. Democrats need to stop their petty political games and start negotiating with President Trump so we can protect the American people, secure our borders, and reopen the government.”
Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) said, “President Trump’s request for funding to build a wall along our southern border is not only reasonable, it is desperately needed. There is nothing “immoral” about a nation choosing to protect its borders and thereby protect its sovereignty.”
“What is immoral is to continue to allow a constant stream of drug traffickers, and human traffickers into the country,” Aderholt continued. “It is immoral to allow this unlawful door to remain open, because it encourages adults to put their children in grave danger – both from illness and from the strangers who transport them,” Rep. Aderholt continued. “I fear that many of my Democrat colleagues are willing to set aside the laws of our land, and that is what we are talking about: immigration is governed by laws, to ensure fairness and safety. Many Democrats are willing to set aside these laws, and turn a blind eye to the dangers coming into our nation, for the prospect of future electoral gains. I urge my colleagues in Congress to fund the border wall and to reopen our government.”
Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) said, “I believe the Democrats are playing a dangerous game of petty politics with our national security. They are completely ignoring the crisis at our Southwest border. I continue to stand with Donald J. Trump. We must #BuildtheWall.”
“The arrest of illegal immigrant and drug trafficker Amancio Betancourt Martinez for the rape of a young girl is another grim reminder that failure to secure the border and enforce the law is having horrible consequences,” Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) said. “It is incomprehensible that Democrats continue to oppose securing the borders to protect all Americans from criminal acts by people who are here illegally, and also from the influx of deadly drugs such as fentanyl and possibly terrorists. Going forward, Congress cannot compromise on our national security and must prioritize the safety of the American people.”
“Here is yet another needless and entirely avoidable American death at the hands of an illegal alien,” Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said. “22-year old Pierce Kennedy Corcoran of Knoxville, Tennessee might still be alive today if it weren’t for weak border security and immigration enforcement policies. I’ll continue to beat the drum on this issue as long as open borders Democrats continue to place the interests of illegal aliens above the interests of American citizens.”
Meanwhile the nation remains on shutdown with no end in sight. President Trump is asking for $5.7 billion to build a border wall.