Washington, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, made the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order on border security:
“Finally, a president who is listening to the outcries of the American People and taking our national security seriously. President Trump’s plan to immediately secure our U.S.-Mexico border is the first incremental step in improving our immigration system and protecting our homeland. I am also excited this plan mirrors the legislative proposal I introduced entitled the Finish the Fence Act, which directs Homeland Security to complete the required 700-mile Southwest border fencing by the end of the year.
“Securing our border must be a top priority, as it has always been for me and those I represent back home. Florida alone has the third largest population of illegal immigrants in the U.S.—nearly 900,000. We must put a halt to this ever increasing illegal entry. We are a nation of laws. Immigration in this country should be focused on earned citizenship, which many law-abiding immigrants looking for hope and a future in the U.S. have obtained rightfully. This is also an issue of national security. ISIS is looking for every possible opportunity and weakness within our security systems to infiltrate and radicalize individuals in joining its jihadist regimes to kill Americans, including recruiting and training those illegally crossing our border and entering our country.
“The money has already been appropriated, and Congress passed legislation permitting construction more than 10 years ago. There is absolutely no reason for this delay. I call on my colleagues to support and pass the Finish the Fence Act so we can help President Trump fulfill our promise and duty to protect our nation.”
Source: U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross