Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke backed up President Trump’s proposed wall.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke endorsed President Trump’s plan for a border wall between the United States and Mexico in an op-ed in USA Today on Tuesday.
Duke cited the effectiveness of border barriers in Yuma sector as evidence that physical structures can reduce illegal crossings:
For years, Yuma sector was besieged by chaos as a nearly unending flood of migrants and drugs poured across our border. Even as agents were arresting on average 800 illegal aliens a day, we were still unable to stop the thousands of trucks filled with drugs and humans that quickly crossed a vanishing point and dispersed into communities all across the country.
It is hard for anyone familiar with Yuma sector today to imagine this scene. That’s because nearly a decade ago, a group of bipartisan lawmakers came together to protect the homeland, save innocent lives, and build a physical barrier across the border.
A border security bill in 2006 provided Homeland Security with the means to construct a wall in the sector, and ever since, border apprhensions have dropped 90 percent in the Yuma sector.
“Crime has significantly decreased in the Yuma area, and smugglers now look for other less difficult areas of the border to cross — often areas without fencing,” she wrote.
Duke argued that the Trump administration has made the U.S.-Mexico border more secure, and that Congress should implement his signature border security policy.
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