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Realities on the Border Demand a Reality Check by Our Politicians

Karen Vaughn is a Gold Star mother and vice president of Moms for America.

This past November Moms for America went “boots on the ground” in Hidalgo, Texas. Thirty-five women from across the nation left the comfort of our homes and chose to see for ourselves if the border crisis was manufactured or real. And trust me…it is very real.

What we saw and experienced was astoundingly difficult to take in. The first-hand accounts from mothers who actually live on the border not only made my skin crawl but stirred in me a righteous indignation for all who oppose helping those American families – women and children who’ve now been abandoned to be America’s first line of defense … women who sleep with shotguns in their bed and pistols in their nightstands because their lives have been threatened so many times by illegals congregating in their yard or attempting to enter the sanctity of their home.

At Moms for America, we stand with our president and urge him to never back down. Building the wall is the right thing to do. While we honor our brave and fearless border security agents, personal conversations with them revealed the truth that they can only do so much, and THEY NEED HELP.

During President Trump’s trip last week to McAllen, Texas, he spoke with a Border Patrol officer who offered a very chilling insight into the realities of apprehensions on the southern border. He explained that their sector alone had apprehended individuals from 41 different countries — 41!  In fact, in just in one day (Monday of last week) there were 450 apprehensions on the border in south Texas… 133 of which were people from countries other than Central America and Mexico.

This included people from India, Pakistan, China, Romania, and others. At this particular sector, family units and unaccompanied minors had typically made up between 60-70 percent of apprehensions. According to one Border Patrol officer, they’ve seen a change over the last couple of weeks that now makes that number less than 50 percent of total apprehensions in south Texas. This shift reflects an astounding exploitation on the vulnerability of our borders and demands our full attention.

The Border Patrol agent summed it up by saying, “where we have no fencing, over 90% of our traffic occurs in those areas.”

A recently released Harvard poll has found that roughly 80 percent of all American voters believe that the U.S. must secure our borders… including 68 percent of Democrats!

Americans understand this shouldn’t be about politics or party… this is about protecting our border! It’s about our leaders doing the right thing by our citizens.