Looming government shutdown over border security

Our president vows to crackdown on illegal immigration and MS-13. He wants tougher border security to protect American citizens. However, the Democrats are trying to destroy his plans and demolish Trump’s idea of the border wall before it’s even built.


The Democrats will not budge on border security. The government will soon run out of money. Americans are facing another looming shutdown. President Trump said, "We'll do a shutdown and it's worth it for our country. I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of."


Trump on Tuesday called for changes regarding tightening loopholes in our immigration laws.


He added: "If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety, and unrelated but still related, they don't want to take care of our military, then shut it down. We'll go with another shutdown."


Can you blame Trump’s frustration? The president has given the Democrats a very generous offer: citizenship for nearly 2 million so-called “Dreamers” over a period of 10 to 12 years in return for $25 billion to fund the building of a wall along the southern border. This offer was supported by Democrats like Chuck Schumer in 2006, only the offer at the time was called The Secure Fence Act.


Trump didn’t just discuss border security. He also addressed the threat of illegal gangs in the U.S.


According to the White House, MS-13 has more than 10,000 members in the United States. On the White House’s website, recent investigations show that MS-13 leaders send members across the U.S.-Mexican border to connect with local units. The White House also highlights this astonishing fact: 38 percent of all murders in Suffolk County, New York from 2016 to June, 2017 were linked to MS-13.


Trump’s main campaign promise was to secure the border and build a wall. He addressed this issue on Tuesday saying, “MS-13 recruits through our broken immigration system, violating our borders. And it just comes right through whenever they want to come through, they come through. It’s much tougher now since we’ve been there, but we need much better border mechanisms and much better border security and we need the wall.”


He’s right. Let’s not kid ourselves, border security is of extreme importance to our public safety. Just look at the recent death of the NFL Colts player, Edwin Jackson. An illegal driving drunk on Super Bowl Sunday ran Jackson and his Uber driver over as they pulled to the side of the highway because Jackson had fallen ill. The drunk driver, Manuel Orrego-Savala, has been in the United States illegally from Guatemala. He was deported twice, once in 2007 and another time in 2009.


What Trump is calling for isn’t outrageous and it isn’t racist. It’s logical. Once again, Democrats are playing politics with American citizens’ lives. They’d rather hold the government hostage and side with foreigners who have broken our laws. Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren and others are putting the interests of illegals over our military members and our Border Security agents. When you have American citizens, who are dying at the hands of illegals repeatedly these politicians have a moral responsibility to act. After all, they did take an oath to uphold the law.


U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested nearly 600 gang-affiliated illegals, and 228 were affiliated with MS-13. This is a threat to our security. We must protect our children, our families, our law enforcement and our neighbors.


I have three words for the Democrats if they aren’t willing to close loopholes in our immigration laws: shut it down.


-Brittany Jennings is Executive Producer of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 in Boston.

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