Senior White House Advisor Stephen Miller shut down arguments that a wall would not reduce the drug flow into in the United States because most drugs are seized at points of entry along the border.
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace pushed Miller on his claims that the drug crisis in the United States justifies President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build the wall to improve border security.
Wallace noted that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stats show that around 90 percent of the drugs seized by agents are collected from points of entry, not illegal crossings.
Miller noted that it doesn’t matter were seized drugs come from. He cares about the drugs that don’t get seized.
“We also asked for additional resources at the points of entry, but Chris, the problem with the statement that you’re apprehending 80 to 90 percent of drugs at the points of entry is like saying you apprehend most contraband at TSA checkpoints at airports. You apprehend the contraband there because that’s where you have the people, where you have the screeners. I assure you, if we had people of that same density and screeners of that same density across every inch and mile of the southern border, you’d have more drugs interdicted in those areas. You don’t know what you don’t know and you don’t catch what you don’t catch.”
Miller justified Trump’s national emergency declaration by pointing to the issues of drugs, human trafficking, and crime and noted that Americans have spent money trying to protect other nations from similar issues, so there should be no problem with President Trump trying to protect the U.S.
“This is a deep intellectual problem that is plaguing this city [Washington D.C.]. We’ve had thousands of Americans die year after year after year because of threats crossing our southern border. We have families and communities that are left unprotected and undefended. We have international narco-terrorist organizations. This is a threat in our country, not overseas. Not in Belarus, not in Zimbabwe, not in Afghanistan or Syria or Iraq, but right here.”
Miller noted that he doesn’t believe Trump would be fulfilling his oath if he did not make the full effort to protect the American people.