‘Every place a wall or barrier has been built, it has resulted in decreased illegal immigration, decreased drug smuggling…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, mocked President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, calling it both unnecessary and ineffective, The Hill reported.
Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, armed with statistics on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, showed that Pelosi is wrong, that the wall is effective, and that it is more necessary than ever before, as droves of migrants storm the southern border.
“First of all, the fact … that he says, ‘We’re going to build a wall with cement, and Mexico’s going to pay for it’ while he’s already backed off of the cement — now he’s down to, I think, a beaded curtain or something, I’m not sure where he is,” Pelosi said, USA Today reported.
Pelosi said Trump’s concern that criminals, terrorists, and diseased immigrants cross illegally into the United States amounts to him “being a fearmonger.”
“He talked about terrorists coming in over that particular border, which wasn’t so. He talked about people bringing in diseases and all the rest of that, which wasn’t so. He’s using scare tactics that are not evidence-based, and it’s wrong,” Pelosi said, without supporting evidence.
Homan called these statements “100 percent wrong.”
“Allow me to educate Mrs. Pelosi,” Homan said. “As far as crime coming across the border, ICE arrested 138,000 criminals last year. These are people who entered the country illegally and committed crimes against the people of this country.”
Meanwhile, Trump has continued to fight for the wall, entering into the sixth day of the government shutdown.
“Have the Democrats finally realized that we desperately need Border Security and a Wall on the Southern Border,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 27 after returning from Iraq. “[We] need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking, Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country.”
In the Fox interview, Homan corrected Pelosi’s comments with his professional, on-the-ground experience at the southern border.
“Every place a wall or barrier has been built, it has resulted in decreased illegal immigration, decreased drug smuggling. One hundred percent of the time, it has proven effective,” Homan said.
A 2018 report by Just Facts found that border walls proved extremely effective in many foreign countries.
Hungary built a fence around its border, and two days after its completion illegal immigrant arrests dropped 99 percent.
Trump tweeted that Israel’s border wall has cut illegal immigration into the country by 99.9 percent, a statement confirmed by PolitiFact (though they attribute some of the border wall’s success to the security apparatus that defends it).
Homan also outlined the security threats that cross the American border.
“Look at the rest of the data on the border, where arrests of MS-13 [gang] this year are up 118 percent, the seizures of guns — for God’s sake — are up almost 200 percent. There’s your data. Look at it. You can see why we need a wall,” he said.
ICE arrested more than 10,000 gang members in 2018, more than 2,000 of whom belonged to MS-13. Under former President Barack Obama in 2014, ICE arrested less than 1,600 gang members.
Every day, ICE arrests convicted and suspected murderers, child rapists, and drug dealers who come illegally to the United States. Homan said ICE made 2,000 arrests for homicide, 11,000 for weapons violations, and 12,000 for sexual assault in 2017.
He also said migrants bring contagious diseases such as “tuberculosis, measles and chickenpox.”
In one case he worked with, a single migrant infected with a rare form of tuberculosis cost taxpayers and put public health in danger.
“We had to work with CDC and Texas Department of Health to find a way to treat this gentleman, so we kept him locked up for months at great taxpayer expense. Imagine if that strain of TB were to get released into the American society,” Homan said.
With the present danger of illegal immigration, Trump has not backed down on his demand for $5 billion in border-wall funding.
“I can’t tell you when the government is going to be open,” he said, according to The Hill. “I can tell you, it’s not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they’d like to call it. I’ll call it whatever they want.”