Douglas V. Mastriano: It’s Time to Declare a National Emergency on America’s Border With Mexico

The loss of one American citizen’s life is enough to justify immediate action on constructing a border wall. The Department of Homeland Security and the White House briefed startling facts to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer last month on the terrible costs that illegals are bringing to the United States.

According to President Trump and Department of Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen, 266,000 illegals were arrested over the last two years with criminal records and were responsible for 4,000 homicides, 100,000 assaults and 30,000 sex crimes. Four-thousand homicides are more lost at the hands of illegals than all the casualties that the United States and the coalition have lost in Afghanistan.  This number is staggering.

Over the past 17 years, the United States, NATO and other coalition nations have deployed tens of thousands of men and women to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban, al Qaeda and many other violent and well-armed terrorist organizations.  In these operations, the US-led coalition lost a total of 3,458 men and women in 17 years of combat operations.  Yet, illegals were responsible for 4,000 deaths in the United States, exceeding the total losses in our entire time in Afghanistan. We are indeed in the midst of a national disaster in the United States.

In addition to this, the cost to American taxpayers extends to the depletion of national, state and local money.  The drain ranges from hiring English as a second language teachers, to healthcare, housing subsidies, food stamps, etc.  The most reliable numbers on the costs come from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which puts the annual total price tag to American taxpayers at $116 billion a year.  This crippling cost is especially borne at the state and local levels, resulting in a drain of money that takes away from fixing roads, repairing critical infrastructure, and inadequate medical coverage.  Instead of taking care of our senior citizens, veterans and other at-risk members of our population, who paid into the system, illegals are being generously rewarded for their crimes on the backs of American taxpayers.  This national madness of incentivizing illegals to enter our country goes as far as the Internal Revenue Service offering them tax refunds.

Finally, there is the cost of death, abuse, rape and sexual slavery for those venturing across the Mexican border.  Although the US State Department’s and United Nation’s numbers vary, reports say that 100,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended crossing into the United States in 2015-2016.  Of those not apprehended, it is estimated that up to 18,000 were sold into sex slavery in North America. This madness must end. The time for talk and politics is over.

President Donald Trump should declare a national emergency along America’s border with Mexico today to rally the nation’s resources and military assets to once and for all address this clear and present danger to the nation.  Building a literal and continuous border wall along the entire American border with Mexico is where we start in ending the crime, murder and the extravagant financial abuse of American citizens at the hands of those entering our nation illegally.

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Source: CBN