As we near the end of the second week of a partial government shutdown, the sheriff of an Arizona county where a significant barrier exists between Mexico and the United States has a message for hesitant Democrats: They work.
“The fence worked here. It may not work in New Mexico, I can only talk about my area. But [politicians should] defer to the Border Patrol experts,” Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot told Fox News. “They know the situation.”
He noted that illegal immigration and crime dropped dramatically — by 91 percent — after significant fencing was built in his county, which includes a section of the U.S.-Mexico border.
In 2006, President George W. Bush and Congress passed the Secure Fence Act which had a tremendous impact in Yuma County. The law called for some 700 miles in new fence construction along significant portions of the border.
In 2015, Fox News reported a 96 percent reduction in apprehensions due to a 20-foot tall steel fence and manpower being tripled. Wilmot was a deputy during that time but saw the impact firsthand.
“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.”
The Secure Fence Act passed with significant support from Democrats — including then-Sens. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.), as well as current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)
Now, however, Democrats are opposed to providing funding for POTUS Donald Trump’s proposed border wall which could include the kind of fencing that has helped reduce illegal immigration and crime in Yuma County.
In fact, proving they aren’t really serious about border security, the Democrat-controlled House passed a government funding bill on Thursday that contained additional money for international abortion services but no money for the president’s wall.
“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.
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