After President Donald Trump’s Oval Office speech on immigration, Democrats insisted that a wall will not work along our southern border. However, a border town sheriff immediately came forward with three simple words that utterly destroy their claim.
On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump urgently addressed the nation on the issue of illegal immigration and its devastating economic and social impact on the U.S. over the last several decades. Determined to convince congressional Democrats to offer up the funding for a border wall, which Trump has agreed to construct from steel slats instead of concrete, the president insisted that the government remains shut down until the immigration “crisis” has been met with a solution.
Refusing to include the same amount of money that they spend each day on funding non-essential arts programs and foreign aid to countries with border walls, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to negotiate, reiterating in a bizarrely robotic follow-up speech that they will remorselessly allow the shutdown to continue in order to refuse Trump even one victory.
Ironically, the only talking point that Democratic leaders have made is that a border wall would be “immoral” and “ineffective,” despite supporting such a physical barrier during Barack Obama’s presidency. However, one Arizona official who’s knee-deep in the border trenches has come forward to offer a first-hand perspective on the controversial wall debate.
Living and working for more than 30 years on the U.S.-Mexico border, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot knows better than anyone on Capitol Hill just what needs to be done to effectively secure our boundaries. Having personally witnessed the influx of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border and committing crimes in his jurisdiction, Wilmot knew that something had to be done.
Just as Trump has repeatedly entreated, the county erected a 20-foot-tall steel fence along the county’s southern line. It was soon after that something incredible happened.
In an interview with The Epoch Times, Sheriff Wilmot explained that the wall erected along Yuma County’s border led to an unbelievable “91 percent drop” in ancillary crimes. Bolstering President Trump’s demand for a border wall and debunking Democrats’ claim that a wall is ineffective, Wilmot reiterated that crimes, such as smuggling, committed by illegal immigrants crossing the border “virtually stopped” thanks in no small part to the fence, according to Fox News.
“It was a 91 percent drop,” Wilmot said. “It obviously helped us curb some of the criminal activity that we unfortunately had to deal with.”
According to Wilmot, the 91 percent reduction in crime involves both service calls and arrests made from 2005 to 2009. This statistic is corroborated by data from the U.S. Border Patrol, which shows that, since 2005, illegal alien apprehensions dropped from a whopping 138,438 to 12,847 in 2017.
“When they were no longer able to take advantage of our border as a smuggler’s paradise, the crimes against those being smuggled virtually stopped,” Wilmot said.
Of course, Wilmot stressed that, while a wall is undeniably necessary, it takes manpower to ensure that illegal immigration is not only thwarted but deterred. He explained that, after building the 20-foot-high fence, the county also tripled the number of officials on the border. It was this combination that led to the massive fall in illegal alien crime.
“When it comes to border security you need all of it,” said Wilmot. “You can fence up a house but you need everything else to make it secure.”
In addition to his support for a border fence, Wilmot slammed Congress members for failing to negotiate with President Trump, stating that, while they have a lot to say about border control, “they are not the ones that are down here on the border.”
“They are not the ones that are investigating the crimes. They are not the ones out here when it’s 120 degrees, processing a crime scene where 14 people were left to die in the desert.”
As far as the government shutdown is concerned, Wilmot scolded lawmakers, telling them to reach an agreement soon so that the men and women protecting them can collect the pay for the work they continue to do at our border.
“They need to get their heads out of the sand. They need to get to work,” Wilmot told FoxNews.com. “Law enforcement is working, they’re not even getting paid. They can’t agree on a budget?”
Although it’s not quite an exact predictor for what would result in a fence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Yuma County is nevertheless a good example. With over 5,500 square miles, Yuma County is larger than the state of Connecticut and shares 126 miles of border with Mexico.
Incredibly, Yuma County used to be the worst in the country when it came to illegal crossings until it erected its steel fence. Now, it serves as a reasonable goal for the rest of the country in the fight to secure our southern border and drastically reduce illegal immigration and the higher-than-average crime rate that follows.
In conclusion, when Democrats complain that Trump’s “wall” would be “ineffective” and “immoral,” just remind them that it worked better than expected in Yuma County and virtually eliminated the “immoral” crimes that illegal immigrants were committing there.