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Rep. Blackburn: California Proves Border Walls Work

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By    |   Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 04:41 PM

The wall erected at the San Diego-Mexico border has had stunning success and proves such barriers work in halting the tide of illegal immigration, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told Newsmax TV.

"You go into San Diego and look at that mile-and-a-half stretch of border wall that they put up," Blackburn told host Bill Tucker on Thursday's "America Talks Live."

"It has made those communities safer and they saw almost an immediate impact."

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Blackburn added those opposing President Donald Trump's plan to build a 62-mile-long wall to divide the entire U.S.-Mexico border should try to explain their position to those who have been hurt by the lack of one.

"You want to say [to them], 'do you want to go talk to these victims who have had severe injury, have lost loved ones, have lost property, have faced robbery?'" said Blackburn, chairman of the Congressional Select Committee on Infant Lives.

"'Do you want to go tell them that you oppose making those communities safe?' Because we know that fencing, walls, surveillance, security on the border does work.

"Leadership also works. Look at what has happened since Donald Trump raised his hand and took the oath. Border crossings are down by 70 percent — 70 percent!"

She said the main thrust of the wall is to make people feel safe in their communities.

"What are they concerned about? Illegal entry, of drugs, illegal entry of weapons, illegal entry of human trafficking, sex trafficking, which is modern-day slavery," Blackburn told Tucker.

"And people say secure that border so that we can get a handle on the gangs, the MS-13, the human tracking, the labor trafficking, the sex trafficking, opioids, heroin."

She said the opioid issue is particularly important.

"New Hampshire has an enormous problem with opioids — that was their number one issue during the campaign," Blackburn said.

"They will tell you they favor securing the southern border so that you have more hands in the fight, if you will, to fight these drug cartels that are bringing the opioids and the heroin into the country.

"So, now instead of individuals just saying, 'well, we want to stop illegal entry into the country, we want to stop illegal aliens,' now you hear more about the gangs, the human trafficking, and the drug situation than anything else."

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