Katrina Pierson: Democrats show little concern about violent crime on the border

By Katrina Pierson

The Democratic Party’s ill-fated attempt to stop President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration calls into question whether liberal politicians in Washington actually care about protecting Americans from violent crime.

In their latest effort to obstruct the president, House Democrats passed a measure to overturn the president’s executive actions that reallocated $8 billion in previously approved funding toward a border wall.

Before the resolution was formally introduced, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to lawmakers decrying Trump’s executive action and urging her colleagues to help block his plan for addressing the crisis on our southern border.

“I write to invite all Members of Congress to co-sponsor Congressman Joaquin Castro’s privileged resolution to terminate this emergency declaration,” she wrote. “The president’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated.”

As Pelosi is well aware, though, the resolution has been doomed from the very start. While the Democratic majority ensured that the measure would pass in the House of Representatives, Republicans still control the Senate, which must also approve it. Even if the resolution somehow receives enough GOP votes to pass the Senate, the president will almost certainly issue a veto, and there is hardly any chance that Democrats can secure enough Republican votes to override his veto.

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That’s why Democratic lawmakers from 16 states are simultaneously seeking to defeat the executive action in court, accusing the president of “manufacturing” the border crisis in order to circumvent Congress.

“The president has used the pretext of a manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency,” the lawsuit claims.

Contrary to this fantasy, however, Trump’s emergency declaration is a long-overdue response to a very real crisis that threatens the safety and prosperity of American communities — and there’s ample evidence all around us.

In February, more than 76,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the border, according to The New York Times, the highest number for any single month in over a decade. If illegal immigration continues at that rate, it will only take another two months before the number of apprehensions surpasses the total for all of 2018.

Moreover, news reports have outlined multiple instances of immigration-related violence in recent weeks, including crimes committed by members of the latest migrant caravan heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border. Breitbart has reported various instances of violence by illegal immigrants. Immigration-related violence isn’t isolated to border regions, though. Elsewhere in the country, people have been killed by illegal immigrants who should never have been allowed into this country in the first place.

The Democratic Party’s determination to obstruct Trump at any cost poses a real danger to America, because without real border security, rampant illegal immigration will continue to bring crime into our communities. Democrats say they support border security, but lives are lost as they cling to this myth and deny Trump’s prudent solutions to solve the very real crisis at our border.

Katrina Pierson is an adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign.