The former U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) chief during the Obama administration is speaking out in support of President Donald Trump’s push for border security.
Mark Morgan is vocal about his support for improving border security, from slamming Democrats for calling the border situation a “manufactured crisis” to roasting the “irony” in CNN’s Jim Acosta’s reporting at the southern border.
On Wednesday, Morgan attended the Trump Coalition Press Conference held by Women for Trump and Angel Families.
During the event, the former border chief encouraged Americans to be united and said “enough is enough” when it comes to deaths caused by a “broken immigration system.”
“Not one more citizen should die because we have a broken immigration system and open borders,” Morgan said.
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Other speakers at the event included U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Cheney stood firm saying House Republicans stand with the president to secure the borders.
Republican Scalise began his speech by saying, “Our hearts and our prayers are with the families of everybody who’s lost a loved one because somebody that was here illegally took their life,” adding, “it shouldn’t happen in America.”
Scalise noted the “battle” is ultimately about securing the border and keeping America safe.
“Don’t let anybody tell you this is about closing our borders,” Scalise added.
“We let over a million people into our country every single year legally. No country’s close. So America will continue to be the most generous nation, but we’re also a nation of laws and we need to get back to that rule of law.”
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Speaking on Hill.TV on Wednesday, Morgan blasted the “absolutely false” idea walls don’t work along the border.
“One of the best ones is walls are ineffective,” Morgan noted one of the “false information” that is “misleading the American people.” “2006, the bipartisan Secure Fence Act. 2013, the Senate passes a bipartisan immigration bill with $8 billion dollars included in a fence, and just last year, there was money for fencing and barriers.”
The former border chief used Yuma, Arizona, has an example, where “they build 23 miles of a physical barrier, and then they added additional technology and personnel. Illegal immigration went from a 150,000 to 15,000 overnight, and there’s countless examples of that.”
As IJR Red reported, President Trump remains undecided if he will sign the border security deal laid out by a bipartisan group in Congress. Even though it’s unclear whether or not he will sign it, many outlets have noted the president intends to sign it as he made it clear he wants to steer clear of another shutdown that would take effect after Friday if they don’t make a deal.