In their meeting with Trump, both Pelosi and Schumer refused to listen to a report from DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the number of criminals and drugs passing through our borders, President Trump took his case directly to the entire Congress by providing them with a copy of Nielsen’s presentation.
The Daily Caller also reported that a “White House official told (them) that both Pelosi and Schumer refused to hear out Nielsen’s briefing and instead advocated for two solutions to end the government shutdown. Neither of the Democrat options would provide the additional funding for border security requested by The White House.
.@POTUS sent the slides of a border security briefing to every Member of Congress after the Wednesday White House meeting when Democratic lawmakers were uninterested in seeing them pic.twitter.com/oIWOHoUmKB
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) January 4, 2019
The slides detailed how the crisis was different due to “Drugs,” “Criminals, Gangs, Terrorists” and “Vulnerable Populations.”
Under drugs, the briefing noted there were double-digit increases in amphetamine, heroin and fentanyl trafficking in the fiscal year 2017-2018 — including 78 percent for fentanyl, a synthetic opiate which has been implicated in the dramatic increase of overdose deaths.
As for criminals, gangs and terrorists, the slides claimed over 17,000 adults who already had criminal records caught at the southern border in fiscal year 2018 and almost 4,000 “(k)nown or suspected terrorists prevented from traveling to or entering the U.S. by DHS” in fiscal year 2017, although numbers at the southern border weren’t given. Six-thousand suspected gang members were “apprehended at the Southern Border and removed by ICE.”
“Vulnerable Populations,” meanwhile, noted a 25 percent increase in unaccompanied minors arriving illegally in fiscal year 2018, up to 60,000 individuals.
In the old days, the president could take his message directly to the people, but today, ABC, CBS, all the assorted NBCs and CNN would just refuse to broadcast the speech. Could this move be a precursor to declaring a national emergency in order to provide the wall the American people deserve?
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