|WHITE HOUSE – President Trump with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Yuma, Arizona | August 18, 2020|
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President Trump traveled yesterday to Yuma, Arizona, where he met with Border Patrol officers and gave Americans an update on the border wall with Mexico.
“This administration has basically funded us for 733 miles” of wall, Lieutenant General Todd Semonite of the Army Corps of Engineers said. “Forty-nine different projects are all going in the ground” across four states.
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The new wall system is one piece of President Trump’s larger agenda to protect America’s security and sovereignty. Last year, he negotiated historic agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to help stop the flood of illegal immigration across our border. Mexico even deployed thousands of troops to help.
Border apprehensions have fallen by more than 70 percent since last May as a result.
American law enforcement officers are stopping crime, drugs, and gangs in their tracks, as well. So far this fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized over 100,000 pounds of cocaine, over 83,000 pounds of meth, and over 2,700 pounds of fentanyl. Border Patrol apprehended 976 alien gang members last year, including 464 from the vile MS-13 gang. (MS-13’s motto is “Kill, Rape, Control.”)
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“You’re setting records at the border,” President Trump told Border Patrol officers yesterday. “You’ve been unbelievable.”
Border protection is more important than ever as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads globally. Strong border security is crucial to helping slow the spread of the disease.
“A lot of the procedures that we are putting in place today are having a real impact on applying a consequence to those that are entering the country illegally,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said.
“We are returning 90 percent of those individuals within 120 minutes, to date. That’s a big accomplishment.”