After meeting with border security officials at the southern border and in McAllen, Texas, President Trump took to Twitter to share his synopsis of the situation.
In a pair of social media posts, Trump echoed language he has previously used to describe the border situation in calling it a “humanitarian crisis.”
“I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion!” the president added in the first tweet.
“I have been there numerous times – The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY,” Trump continued.
“…The Steel Barrier, or Wall, should have been built by previous administrations long ago,” the president contended in a second post.
And, “They never got it done – I will. Without it, our Country cannot be safe. Criminals, Gangs, Human Traffickers, Drugs & so much other big trouble can easily pour in.”
“It can be stopped cold!” Trump concluded.
As USA Today reports, President Trump met with border officials during his visit on Thursday and plans to meet with additional state and local officials on Friday afternoon.
Locked in an impasse with Democrats over his border wall, President Donald Trump is increasingly seeking to justify a potential emergency declaration that would let him dip into billions of dollars for the project.
As the partial government shutdown is set to become the longest such lapse in history Saturday, Trump remained focused on highlighting the border issue. He planned to host state and local officials at the White House for a roundtable on border security at 2:30 p.m. EST on Friday.
An emergency declaration by Trump would be certain to face immediate legal challenges but it could provide the president an exit strategy from the impasse over the government shutdown, which stems from a fight with Democrats over the president’s demands for funding for a border wall.
“We lose 300 Americans a week, 90% of which comes through the Southern Border. These numbers will be DRASTICALLY REDUCED if we have a Wall!” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday evening.
Trump could declare a national emergency which would open Department of Defense funding to be used to fully construct the border wall.
As CNN reports, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham is recommending the idea as a means to fund the wall and end the federal government shutdown.
“Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier — even if the government were to be reopened — virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier,” Graham said. “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier.”
The Washington Examiner op-ed reports Democrats and mainstream media were supportive of border security in 2014, under former President Obama, despite their current resistance to resisting Trump.
From the report:
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
“We now have an actual humanitarian crisis on the borer that only underscores the need to drop the politics and fix our immigration system once and for all,” then-President Barack Obama said in the Rose Garden in 2014. “In recent weeks we’ve seen a surge of unaccompanied children arrive at the border, brought here and to other countries by smugglers and traffickers.”
This is no different than what President Trump said from the Oval Office on Tuesday.
“Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States — a dramatic increase,” he said. “These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs.”
The only difference is how the media are covering it.