Mike Pence Asks Help Encouraging Congress to Support Border Emergency
By Michelle Moons, Breitbart
Vice President Mike Pence asked Credit Union National Association Government Affairs Conference (CUNA GAC) attendees Tuesday to put pressure on members of Congress in the coming days to support President Donald Trump’s southern border emergency declaration.
Pence identified the “crisis of illegal immigration, drugs, dangerous criminals, and human trafficking” at the southern border. “It’s a crisis like we’ve never seen before,” he said as he spoke to those attending the Credit Union National Association’s Government Affairs Conference.
“Seventy percent of illegal immigrants report being victims of violence on their journey to our southern border,” Pence told the group. “And according to Doctors Without Borders, nearly one-third of women traveling to our southern border report being sexually assaulted on the journey.”
“In the last five months alone, Customs and Border Protection has seen a more than 300 percent increase in the number of families apprehended compared to the same period one year ago,” he went on. “My fellow Americans, every day we don’t secure our border, we are allowing the crisis to worsen and more lives to be endangered and exploited.”
Drug cartels and smugglers are exploiting weaknesses at the southern border. The vice president brought this to the attention of the crowd. He cited statistics showing as of 2016 drug overdose has become the leading cause of death for Americans under 55 years of age, “In 2016, all across America, some 174 people lost their lives to drug overdose every single day.”
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