Following Pelosi, Schumer, Hoyer and Durbin Refusal to Attend DHS Briefing, President Trump Provides Border Security Briefing to Congress…

Earlier this week DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was planning to deliver a border security briefing to leaders of congress.  After announcing they did not want to gain national security information that was adverse to their political interests, Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority House Democrat Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democrat Senator Dick Durbin refused to attend the DHS briefing.

Today, after accepting the democrat’s political position, President Trump sent a letter to congress along with the full Border Security Briefing outline (full pdf below).

Dear Members of Congress:

Congratulations to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and her entire team, on her election to be Speaker of the House.  I look forward to working together on our shared priorities for the American People, including rebuilding our infrastructure, reforming unfair trade deals, and reducing the price of prescription drugs.

Our recent bipartisan success on numerous legislative accomplishments such as Criminal Justice Reform, opioid legislation, and the Farm Bill, underscores the extraordinary achievements that are possible when we rise above party politics to advance the good of the Nation as a whole.

As we begin this new Congress, our first task should be to reopen the Government and to deliver on our highest duty as elected officials: the security of the Nation and its borders.

It is the sovereign right of every nation to establish an immigration program in its national interest—lawfully admitting those who have followed the rules, while denying entry to those who break the rules or fail to meet the requirements established in law.

A nation that fails to control its borders cannot fulfill its most basic obligations to its citizens—physical safety, economic security, essential public services, and the uniform protection of our laws.

I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with Congressional leadership at the White House this Wednesday to discuss the border security crisis, and the need for a government funding bill that secures the border and keeps Americans safe.

During the meeting, there was debate over the nature and extent of this crisis and its impact on Americans.  It had been my hope that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen would have the opportunity to deliver a presentation discussing the facts about the depth and severity of the humanitarian crisis and the security crisis that is now unfolding at the Southern Border.

However, some of those present did not want to hear the presentation at the time, and so I have instead decided to make the presentation available to all Members of Congress.  I encourage you to review it carefully, to share it with your staff, and to discuss it with other lawmakers.  In crafting a Homeland Security bill, it is essential that we make decisions based upon the facts on the ground—not ideology and rhetoric—and that we listen to the law enforcement personnel on the front lines. The Southern Border is a very dangerous place—in fact, Border Patrol agents routinely encounter some of the most dangerous criminals, cartels, and traffickers anywhere in the world.

Effective border security must dramatically reduce the entry of illegal immigrants, criminals, and drugs; it must keep out terrorists, public safety threats, and those otherwise inadmissible under U.S. law; and it must ensure that those who do enter without legal permission can be promptly and safely returned home.

As the enclosed presentation makes clear, current funding levels, resources, and authorities are woefully inadequate to meet the scope of the problem.  We are no longer in a status quo situation at the Southern Border but in a crisis situation.  Status quo funding is not enough.

  • In fiscal year (FY) 2018, 17,000 adults at the border with existing criminal records were arrested by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and border agents.
  • In FY2017 and FY2018, ICE officers arrested approximately 235,000 aliens on various criminal charges or convictions within the interior of the United States—including roughly 100,000 for assault, 30,000 for sex crimes, and 4,000 for homicides.
  • We are now averaging 60,000 illegal and inadmissible aliens a month on our Southern Border.
  • Last month alone, more than 20,000 minors were smuggled into the United States.
  • The immigration court backlog is nearly 800,000 cases.
  • There has been a 2,000 percent increase in asylum claims over the last five years, with the largest growth coming from Central America—while around 9 in 10 claims from Central American migrants are ultimately rejected by the immigration courts, the applicant has long since been released into the interior of the United States.
  • In FY2017, roughly 135,000 illegal and inadmissible family units arrived from Central America. Of those, less than 2 percent have been successfully removed from the country due to a shortage of resources and glaring loopholes in our federal laws.
  • So far in FY2019, we have seen a 280 percent increase in family units from FY2018.
  • 300 Americans are killed every week from heroin—90 percent of which floods across our Southern Border.
  • Illegal immigration is a humanitarian crisis: 1 in 3 migrant women is sexually assaulted on the journey northward to the U.S. border; 50 illegal migrants a day are referred for emergency medical care; and CBP rescues 4,300 people a year who are in danger and distress.

Illegal immigration is NOT progressive—by every measure, it is unfair, unjust, uncompassionate, and cruel.  Many people are killed. It hurts both those who make the journey and so many communities bearing the cost in lives, safety, and dollars.

Senator Chuck Schumer once said: “Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple. Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress on dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants who are here now, and on rationalizing our system of legal immigration. That’s plain and simple and unavoidable.”

Absolutely critical to border security and national security is a wall or a physical barrier that prevents entry in the first place.  Members of both parties—including then Senators Obama and Clinton, current Senator Schumer, and many other members of the House and Senate—all voted for a hard, physical barrier.  Walls work.  That’s why rich, powerful, and successful people build them around their homes.  All Americans deserve the same protection.  In Israel, it is 99 percent effective.

We must also close the legal gaps in America’s defenses.  Loopholes in federal law that prevent removals provide a magnet for illegal entry, and a lucrative business model for vicious coyotes, while overwhelming the U.S. immigration system.  The worst loopholes incentivize the smuggling of minors.  Under these legal loopholes, if an illegal minor, or those traveling with a minor, merely set foot on United States soil, they cannot be successfully returned home.  This explains the profound increases in the arrival of minors traveling both alone and with adults on the dangerous journey to our border.

To protect these children from abuse, and stop this illegal flow, we must close these loopholes. This is an urgent humanitarian necessity.  Children are terribly used by criminals and coyotes to gain access to our country—they are the biggest victims of all.

The most pressing legal changes are as follows:

  • Terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement—which is preventing families from being held together through removal; and
  • Amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), to allow for the safe and humane return of illegally-smuggled minors back to their families in their home countries.

Americans have endured decades of broken promises on illegal immigration.  Now, is the time for both parties to rise above the partisan discord, to set aside political convenience, and to put the national interest first.  Now is the time—this is the moment—to finally secure the border and create the lawful and safe immigration system Americans, and those wanting to become Americans, deserve.

Sincerely,

Donald J. Trump

Here’s the briefing material in pdf format (also available to download here)

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209 Responses to Following Pelosi, Schumer, Hoyer and Durbin Refusal to Attend DHS Briefing, President Trump Provides Border Security Briefing to Congress…

  1. Elle says:

    Brilliant!! Most people are 100% indoctrinated to approach the issue as compassion v/s non-compassion for those wanting a better life. I’ve been making the same point as Trump for decades, though not as powerfully, and when most people realize what they are asking “The Help” to endure in order to come here for a better life, it gives them pause.

    Speaking of which, I watched The Help with friends over Christmas and was amazed at how my progressive friends patted themselves on the back and felt at-one with The Help of yesterday, while simultaneously patting themselves on the back for supporting illegal immigration, which creates the conditions for a sub-class of people whom they can easily exploit for cheap labor today. Freaking clueless.

    If Trump pulls this off, he will free millions from being exploited for cheap labor.

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  2. iconoclast says:

    Willful ignorance on the part of Democrat party leaders.

    They are setting up a 2020 presidential election in which the lines will be clearly drawn, the choices as stark as ever. I think I know what side American voters will choose.

    Keep it up, Nancy and Chuck. You’re playing right into PDJT’s hands.

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    • Mrs. E says:

      This is not ignorance, and should not be mischaracterized as such; it is deliberate politicization of a Constitutional issue! The liberals are not ignorant. They know precisely what is going on, and have no problems with human trafficking! THAT is what must be realized here, and why it is so very wrong to call it “ignorance”.

      These seats were stolen by illegals voting liberals into office. It is yet another travesty that must be addressed; we cannot afford to ignore it and allow them to get away with it! Otherwise the country is lost.

      That is the reason obama started all the illegals entering America – so they can takeover the nation. The president must stop this; he must get involved because this affects the results of federal elections. And even if it were not federal elections, it is not a state’s rights decision to go against our laws. Very deeply troubling.

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    • ethicall says:

      Wall supporters should host border wall challenges between now and 2020. Film the challenge and post it on the internet. A mythical 20 foot wall versus a 4 foot high wall side by side and mythical illegals trying to cross. The goal of the game is to stop or slow the number of illegals successfully crossing at the U.S., Mexico border. The people playing the game choose which section of the wall they want to defend, the 20 foot or 4 foot section and then go stand on the U.S. side of that wall. Then the players guess which wall would attract the least number of illegals trying to cross, the 20 foot section or the 4 foot section and go stand on the Mexico side of that wall. The optics would be what you would expect if your goal is to stop or slow illegal border crossings.

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    • NvMtnOldMan says:

      icon– The best way to understand dims is to watch 3-4 year old spoiled brats. They whine and stomp their feet until they get their way. Or they put their hands over their ears so they won’t hear anything they don’t like. Or they run and hide or sit on the floor. To me dims arte simply adult sized 3-4 year old spoiled brats.

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      • Dekester says:

        Great post NV. They truly act like BPD persons. Those folks stop emotionally maturing at 3 or so.

        Those of us that have endured a BPD may agree.

        Truly frightening.

        God bless PDJT

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  3. Perot Conservative says:

    Devastating facts.

    But for the average person, we need to give just 2 or 3 facts bc its too much for mant to remember, or emotionally handle.

    This report says 4,000 homicides over 2 years, hence 2,000 murders a year. (I previously thought a GAO Report estimated 5,000 murders a year.)

    When you add in murders a year, heroin deaths a year, and fentanyl deaths per year, then violent and sex crimes, it should be a no brainer.

    The only problem I see is the President set the bar too low at $5.7 Billion. These facts overwhelmingly support a full border Wall / barrier. Accepting $3 Billion now, up from $1.6B?, is pocket change.

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  4. Just Beachy says:

    I agree with posters that think the SOTU would be a perfect place to lay this all out to a press that cannot cut the cameras. I also like filling the hall with families of the murdered, sex trafficked and drug addicted. Have several of each stand as their story is told.
    Perhaps a 15-20 minute presentation during the day or at prime time at night by Sec. Nielsen to the American people would startle some of our lawmakers into doing their jobs. Its bad enough that the dems refuse to fund the wall, but refusing to attend a meeting in the situation room concerning national security seems like reason to evaluate general and overall mental fitness for the job.

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    • Remington says:

      When I look at that pic of the four democraps in the article above, I am reminded of the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse …

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    • I agree on using the presentation during the SOTU. I would add past quotes from Obama/Clinton/Schumer where they supported a wall or physical barrier first giving the quote then asking you do you know who said that and then give the name. A good way to by pass the press and show the hypocrisy of the Democrats or to put in in the words of that Democratic icon John Kerry they were for the wall before they were against it.

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      • swampratterrier says:

        GREAT IDEA.

        Bet all four of those four Demcrap Traitors have lots of video and sound clips from the past where they said they supported such.

        If I had the skills I would put three of say Pelosi’s comments supporting the wall while To Tell the Truth game show’s theme song was playing and then end it with “Will the Real Nancy Pelosi Please Stand Up.”

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      • MelH says:

        SOTU is where the Classified documents need to be presented, along with the details of the Failed Coup. To hell with trying to get toddlers involved in immigration. Declare a National Emergency and build the damned wall. This horsing around about it for months on end only increases the crisis and emboldens the rabid Liberals. Enough is enough!

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  5. azchick says:

    Human smuggling is more profitable for the Cartels than drugs. They sell children over & over and then threaten to kill their parents if they tell. It’s disgusting. BUILD THE DAMN WALL

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    • whoseyore says:

      The children that they traffic over the border don’t go home to their parents nightly to be able to tell anything and in many cases, the parents are participates, but many are kidnapped. It breaks my heart.

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  6. emeraldcoaster says:

    While our president earnestly strives to address the country’s immigration and border security problems, the Uniparty and clueless squeal “open the government”. To paraphrase President Reagan: Government as usual is not a solution to our problem, government as usual is the problem.

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  7. Pokey says:

    This situation is simple and it is completely political. Trump needs to build the wall or he will lose his re-election bid, and he knows it. Shumer and Pelosi cannot allow Trump to have this political victory because it would cost them both the House and the Senate in 2020. They believe they are set up for regaining complete control of our government in 2020 and they know it is their only chance to do this until 2024. As long as the media will not report on the reasons for this so called impasse, we will not get even a tiny compromise from the Dems. The President and the Democrats both believe they have the upper hand in this political struggle and it will not be resolved until that is no longer the case. I suggest the Republican Party get fully on board with Trump. They have the most to lose, in my opinion. If Trump could count on the Republicans, he would already have most of this wall under construction by now. What a ridiculous mess. We will likely witness the destruction of our country while the politicians fight among themselves.

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  8. RICHARD CANARY says:

    In spite of having more faith in President Trump than any other president during my lifetime, I sure wish that he would speak of the goals of the Left far more than he does.

    Of course the issues are important and need to be resolved in the nasty now or never, but it seems that too many people regard the differences between the Left and the Right as simple disagreements about how to handle problems from two or more legitimate viewpoints.

    That is not the case. Fact is, modern Leftists are intent on progressing America from its original and constitutionally amended goals and ideals to world-wide equality with all other nations, such as has been attempted within the U.N. and the E.U. Every issue of down-to-earth consequences is judged by them according to the lasting effect of their solutions to bring America closer to that elusive concept of Utopia or unicorns farting rainbows.

    At this point in America’s existance, we are confronted by a Democratic Party that miserably failed their own goals by losing the 2016 presidential election. That loss rocked them back on their heels.

    Now they have recuperated enough to understand that their movement of subverting and socializing the entire American population is facing the most crucial election in the history of the Democratic Party. If they fail to defeat Trump in the 2020 election, the socialist movement will be set back many decades, if not a century.

    The DNC is more desperate for the 2020 victory than the pathetic illegal aliens are as they atttempt to crash our border with Mexico. They will do anything, including murder, to prevail.

    What is missing from the entire fight with the democrats is projection of their precarious grip on the final edge of the 2020 elections they will surely fail to win if the Wall is erected and/or as the temporary military blockage of illegal border crossers is achieved.

    The DNC leadership is acting in treason with goals that would make our Founding Fathers puke, and as they engage the White House in ground-level issues, Trump ought to constantly accuse them of pursuing socialistic, totally unAmerican goals, and meld the issues/goals ideas into bone-chilling rhetoric in tweets, speeches, and especially rallies across the nation, starting today.

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    • annieoakley says:

      With a wall in place, deportations can begin to be very significant. POTUS has been able to force other countries to take back people here illegally. Without the wall, the Mexicans just turn around and come right back.

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    • whoseyore says:

      I think he is allowing them to draw their own conclusions which may encourage them to do some more research and eventually lead to them making the decision to “Walk Away”. People asleep and many don’t even vote. They just assume that life will continue the way it is. Many don’t have ambition to pull themselves up to achieve more. I wish our president could put some billboards up about this. I would say make commercials, but people don’t watch commercials any longer.

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  9. mugzey302 says:

    This issue is the Rubicon moment for America. Strong borders vs open borders, nationalists vs globalists. It is the cause for our 2nd civil war.

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  10. Kuhl Brieze says:

    Hi Fred
    That’s a good letter and, sending to the White House direct, is best, as it should be.
    But, I feel I need to let you know the following….
    http://www.whitehouse.gov measures “traffic” ONLY. Comments and/or ‘send us your email’, goes nowhere. If routed, the end result is “bogus DNS”.
    This was pretty much across the board with agencies but, went all in under that thing, former pres Obama. Calling the Whitehouse, will get you a call center employee who will say “OK, I’ll let him/then know”. (same with congress). The call, location, other demographics may be noted (guessing on that one) but, that’s it.
    I am sorry this is the case. And, am disgusted (amongst other feelings) that there appears to be no clear way for the general public to access their government!
    The only way to get feedback to the Whitehouse is to send a letter, “signed certified, return receipt requested” which confirms receipt, and allows for follow-up with proof of original correspondence. I would love to see over 1 million letters, all signed certified, etc. arrive.
    Keep in mind, letters are warehouses as part of current security protocol (ahem), but, receipt must be signed by someone. Wonder if the numeric ID can be included by request.
    Sorry, this post is long. I do not post often as it is a difficult for me to do.
    Thank you.

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    • MelH says:

      https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/#page This is the route I use, and I ALWAYS get a response in my e-mail. It is a nuisance to fill out the form every time, but I make my message VERY short and concentrate on how to make it inflammatory enough to be noticed. if all it does is count as traffic, so be it. POTUS likes traffic much more than he likes silence. if it were not so, he wouldn’t be such a prolific Tweeter.

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  11. Zorro says:

    The facts are laid out excellently by the Trump administration. However I would like to see some messaging on the points that Sundance has laid out about the Uniparty. I think Trump has to expose the agenda of the CofC and directly point out that the Demosocialist Party sees illegal immigration as the way to permanent control of the USA.

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  12. Kuhl Brieze says:

    My previous post was in reference to a post..
    …fred5678 on January 5, 2019 at 1:26 am…
    I chose reply, but….
    ….whatever…..

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  13. Lone Pine says:

    While I’m delighted that the President, I am growing increasingly frustrated with this situation. It’s obvious that our government is ignoring the law. Also what confuses me most in the current shutdown kabuki is why is Trump only asking for $5B? It seems strange to me. I am afraid too that we will get rolled for all sorts of gimmedatz for illegals and the DACA fraudsters. Thoughts?

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    • whoseyore says:

      I agree, LP. I think that they will ask for DACA amnesty and I am just not sure where the president stands on that for sure. He has eluded to the fact that he was willing to meet the Dems on that before, but they blew it. Will he concede again? I don’t know. By little things that he has said before (maybe I am reading between the lines) I almost think he would like that issue to go through the Supreme Court. I sort of doubt that the Dems are going to give him even close to what he wants for the wall though and that might throw the entire deal. If he doesn’t get what he wants, he will write an executive order that the cost to build the wall comes out of our Defense Fund (that he got increased exponentially last year). He even eluded to this during his speech yesterday, that he could get the Army Corp of Engineers to build it. The Dems could actually really hurt themselves bad by not at least appearing to work with the Republicans and the President. They could end up with nothing at all and he has his wall. That will also set the tone for the next couple of years. If the Dems and the Democratic Socialists (yes there is a new party) expose themselves too much as the anti-Americans they are, the 2020 election should be pretty easily won by our President without even campaigning.
      It will be important to expose these people for who they are. They don’t care about you and they don’t care about me. They have been promised $$$ and safety if the US collapses. We are their servants and have no value. This matters not to me though, because I am a child of the Almighty and THAT is the most important thing there is!

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  14. Texian says:

    Well that is a very nice letter.. Well laid out, sober and logical..

    [“The Wall” has become a metaphor for ‘The Constitution’.. It is profoundly significant, and its success or failure will mark a turning point in the History of this Country.. I digress..]

    But there is one overwhelming, encompassing problem he, his Administration and half the Country seem to not understand…

    They don’t care.. They now openly scoff and ridicule you in profane manners and defy your God – the God that founded this Country – in the Halls of Congress. Don’t take it personally though – their hatred for you is just for what you represent – The Federation of the United States of America, its Constitution and its People.. And it is out in the open now.. Your hallowed Halls as well as this Country – are infiltrated.. The enemy walks among you.. Us.. Double agents who have no allegiance or loyalty except for whoever butters their bread at any given time..

    How dare you interrupt their international criminal enterprise in the exploitation of the American Worker of whom they are using to finance their attempt at a world takeover.. And to make America just another third world slave colony to be plundered and exploited..

    You have a Military Mr. President.. And you are going to have to use it.. Or they eventually will..

    Nice letter though..

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  15. pnj01 says:

    If 60,000 illegal immigrants a month assault our borders (720,000 a Year), that is the equivalent in a Year of being invaded by a force nine times the size of the British Army (80,000) or six times the size of the French Army (120,000). Because these invaders are essentially guerrillas who infiltrate our borderline any which way they can, the Defenders of our sovereignty have decided to use barriers to canalize the assaults. That is clearly a call for the Commander of the Defending Forces, not for politicians in the Capitol who cannot even pass budgets, much less wage war. And easily distracted too: “Let’s impeach the MFer….” As everybody knows: “too many cooks spoil a broth.”

    And judges would be even worse: “The Invaders are coming; the Invaders are coming.” Judge: “Well, do the invaders have standing to dispute that allegation? I want the alleged invaders served; then if they wish to challenge your complaint, I will give them time to make appearances and to answer or otherwise move under Rule 12. And I will grant La Raza and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus leave to file amicus briefs within 15 days after receiving both sides briefs because I am very concerned with why you are no longer turning a blind eye toward this alleged invasion. Could it be racial? No harm in waiting on a full exposition of all the legasl issues. At most it will take another 3 years and that is just another 2,160,000 lovely Brown Folk, anyway. NEXT?”

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  16. Clarioncaller says:

    A “Master Legislator”, my as.

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  17. dd_sc says:

    An interesting experiment is mass psychology/group think.

    Take that presentation by Sec. Nielsen, rebrand it as a DNC internal research report and start leaving copies in the local coffee shops and break rooms among the other newspapers and magazines. Wait and see if the liberals you know start quoting the figures.

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  18. Jane Smith says:

    Good. So, the D-bags can’t deny that they have the real statistics.

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  19. KarenRist says:

    They should lose a days pay for not attending a very important meeting. What is more important? I want my tax dollars spent to keep mme and my family safe! Get out of office if u can’t do your jobs.

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  20. Well maybe it is a good thing these jerks didn’t show-up. A bag of Two-faced “DICKS” aren’t needed?

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  21. tvollrath66 says:

    The president can address the people till he is blue in the face. The fake news will say he is lying making up the numbers and no crisis on the border. We the people are full of complete idiots. Every day more are coming. More are voting for ignorant sh__.

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  22. Mike diamond says:

    How many illegals is Nancy polisi,and Chuck schummmmmeeeerrr willing to keep at their house to feed and support!?????can they camp out in durbans back yard!???

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