Democrats continue to complain about President Trump’s wall, mostly because they don’t like the idea of actually stopping illegal immigration – but the situation on the Mexican border just keeps showing us why the wall is needed. Statistics from the Department of Homeland Security show a horrifying increase in illegal border crossings last year; our nation is facing an unprecedented threat, while lawmakers refuse to do anything about it.
Opponents of border security claim there’s no need for a wall on the Mexican border – but this is just blatantly ignoring the facts. The evidence shows that numbers crossing the border illegally are rising fast – and despite left-wing rhetoric about the poor and disadvantaged, many of the trespassers are people we really don’t want in this country.
- In 2018, no less than 161,000 families crossed the US border – a massive 50 percent increase on the previous year. There was also a 25 percent increase in unaccompanied children crossing the border, up to around 60,000.
- Unaccompanied children are often used by activists as a tool to apply pressure on US authorities. If children are already in the country, it’s common for this to be used as an argument for letting their parents in “to keep families together”.
- In 2018, 17,000 people with criminal records were arrested at the border. These are people who have already proved that they’re willing to break the law, and now they’re proving it again by trying to enter the US illegally. It’s vital for our safety that we keep them out – and that means proper security for our borders.
- Another 6,000 people were detained at the border because they’re known gang members. This includes members of the notoriously violent MS-13 group.
- Almost 4,000 known or suspected terrorists were prevented from entering the US. Although most of these weren’t stopped at the border, it’s still a strong warning that security needs to be maintained – and tightened up where necessary.
- Along with illegal immigration, there’s also been a spike in drug seizures at the border. The amount of methamphetamine intercepted by agents increased 38 percent over 2017; for heroin the rise was 22 percent, and fentanyl an incredible 73 percent.
- Democrats have challenged the figures, claiming they’ve being exaggerated to justify building the wall. However the Border Patrol, who’re actually on the front lines of this growing crisis, insist that the infiltration of criminals and terrorists is a real threat.