Tak­ing back the border

Trump’s elec­tion has made it pos­si­ble

The Washington Times Daily - - COMMENTARY - By Steve King

Don­ald Trump may have shocked the world when he was elected pres­i­dent of the United States, but Latino vot­ers proved to be an even big­ger sur­prise. Elec­tion Day exit polling showed that Mr. Trump gained 2 per­cent more Latino vot­ers than Mitt Rom­ney did in 2012, win­ning a to­tal 29 per­cent of 13 mil­lion Latino vot­ers.

De­spite the absence of any form of or­ga­nized im­mi­gra­tion de­bate dur­ing Mr. Rom­ney’s elec­tion cy­cle, Democrats and Repub­li­cans alike be­lieved “Mitt Rom­ney would be pres­i­dent to­day if he hadn’t said, ‘self de­port.’ ” To­day, we can add this to a num­ber of things proven wrong on Tues­day, Nov. 8, 2016.

With a Trump pres­i­dency ap­proach­ing, I look for­ward to con­tinue prov­ing the es­tab­lish­ment wrong and fight­ing for We the Peo­ple, be­gin­ning with build­ing an “im­pen­e­tra­ble, phys­i­cal, tall, pow­er­ful, beau­ti­ful, south­ern border wall.” As I have stated be­fore, politi­cians were never afraid of build­ing a fence but in­stead, afraid that if we suc­ceed in clos­ing the border, the next step would be ef­fec­tive, in­ter­nal en­force­ment.

For years, I have fought tooth and nail for a border wall, even build­ing my own de­sign on the House floor. I worked to block border leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing a “vir­tual” wall that would have never stopped the flow of il­le­gal nar­cotics, guns, ter­ror­ists and cheap, il­le­gal la­bor from en­ter­ing our coun­try. Un­der a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, my long fight for a phys­i­cal wall will be achieved.

In 2014, Se­nate Demo­cratic lead­er­ship la­beled me as the man be­hind op­po­si­tion

to amnesty, ul­ti­mately block­ing the open bor­ders and amnesty agenda in the House — a ti­tle I ac­cept. Lever­ag­ing Congress’ con­trol over the power of the purse, I have con­tin­u­ously fought to de­fund ex­ec­u­tive amnesty in each spend­ing bill. I also drafted mul­ti­ple de­funds of sanc­tu­ary cities that have passed the House.

When Mr. Obama be­gan dis­man­tling im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment with the memos is­sued by Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment Di­rec­tor John Mor­ton, I pro­posed the very first de­fund on the House floor, and when De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals was im­ple­mented, I wrote the first de­fund that passed. Lead­ing up to Crane v. Napoli­tano, I was the first to or­ga­nize a le­gal chal­lenge to the pres­i­dent’s claim of au­thor­ity to cre­ate ex­ec­u­tive amnesty.

This year, I was hon­ored to chair the Ex­ec­u­tive Over­reach Task Force that held a hear­ing on the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s un­con­sti­tu­tional and il­le­gal ac­tions on im­mi­gra­tion, in­clud­ing the re­lease of 85,000 crim­i­nal aliens dur­ing the last three years. Ac­cord­ing to Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment, the 20,000 of­fend­ers re­leased just last year had a to­tal of 64,197 con­vic­tions, yet they were nei­ther pun­ished nor de­ported.

Dur­ing the next four years, Mr. Trump will fight for ev­ery vic­tim of those re­leased of­fend­ers, in­clud­ing Iowa’s own Sarah Root, a 21-year-old girl who had just grad­u­ated from col­lege with a 4.0 and a de­gree in crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. She was killed by a 19-year-old il­le­gal im­mi­grant who drunk­enly slammed into the back of Sarah’s ve­hi­cle while drag racing. This il­le­gal alien had pre­vi­ously en­coun­tered law en­force­ment but was re­leased with­out pun­ish­ment. What’s worse, he was freed once again af­ter killing Sarah and for less than it cost her par­ents to bury her. In this case, as in thou­sands of oth­ers, our jus­tice sys­tem failed. It failed Sarah, and it fails thou­sands of Amer­i­cans ev­ery day.

Pres­i­dent Obama has not only opened our bor­ders to il­le­gal im­mi­grants, but he has also wel­comed thou­sands of un­known and un­ac­counted-for Syr­ian refugees de­spite risk­ing our na­tional se­cu­rity. He bla­tantly ig­nored warn­ings from fed­eral agen­cies, in­clud­ing FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey, who tes­ti­fied be­fore Congress, say­ing there is no way to thor­oughly vet these refugees. Fur­ther­more, these con­cerns are not lim­ited to those in the U.S.

Dur­ing the course of my time in Congress, I have vis­ited more than 60 coun­tries, meet­ing with of­fi­cials along the way. Il­le­gal im­mi­grants and now an in­flux of Syr­ian refugees have cre­ated prob­lems across the board, bring­ing in­creased crime and ter­ror into the coun­tries they in­vade. It is clear that we have reached a cross­roads in our na­tion and the time for de­bate is over. Our na­tional se­cu­rity has been put at risk and ul­ti­mately de­pends on our abil­ity to solve il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and de­fend and re­store the rule of law.

In 2012, Democrats defini­tively ar­gued, “Repub­li­cans will never win another na­tional elec­tion un­less we first pro­vide a path to cit­i­zen­ship for the un­doc­u­mented.” Wrong. Don­ald Trump has set an un­prece­dented stan­dard to fight for ev­ery Amer­i­can in se­cur­ing our bor­ders. I look for­ward to play­ing my part in help­ing him achieve our com­mon goal.

Our na­tional se­cu­rity has been put at risk and ul­ti­mately de­pends on our abil­ity to solve il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and de­fend and re­store the rule of law.

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