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Gohmert on President Trump’s Decision to Defend Southern Border with National Guard

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Washington, April 4, 2018 | comments

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today supporting President Trump’s decision to defend the southern border of the United States with our National Guard:

“President Trump’s announcement to defend the United States’ border with National Guard troops is sensible, prudent, and has plenty of precedence. President Obama did the same thing, as did President George W. Bush. With reports of thousands of Central American migrants heading toward an illegal mass entrance across the U.S. border, which basically is an unauthorized  invasion into this country, President Trump chose to stand with American citizens and American law." 

"This move will not only aid in the defense of our law and our sovereignty, but it will also prevent gang members, drug smugglers, sex traffickers, or terrorists from hiding within civilian invaders’ midst as FBI Director Comey once testified middle eastern terrorists had previously done. It will, obviously, also protect Americans and support our unsung heroes in the border patrol stationed along our southern border.”

“It is also critical to note that in March 102 years ago, a liberal Democrat, President Woodrow Wilson, ordered an estimated 75,000 National Guard troops to protect that same southern border after incursions across the U.S. border by Mexicans led by Pancho Villa. This effort placing National Guard military troops on our southern border 102 years ago effectively sealed our border from further illegal raids into the United States. Though President Wilson also sent thousands of troops under the command of General John J. Pershing into Mexico itself to assure of our border’s protection, which, of course, President Trump has no intention of doing. However, it is about time we effectively secure our border once again so that only those entering legally come in. If a liberal Democrat President can do it, we know it can be done.

 "I greatly appreciate the President stepping up to protect America after our latest gargantuan spending bill failed to do what the President and a majority of Americans were seeking.  Porous borders have done vast damage to Americans who are casualties to the drug trade, sex trafficking, and crimes that those generate, while providing tens of billions of dollars to the drug cartels to keep the Mexican government corrupted. A military presence will show those attempting to enter our country illegally, that Americans and our President finally again value the rule of law. Today, President Trump should be congratulated on his decision to place the well-being of this nation and its people first. We cannot adequately help the world when our country’s laws are not respected by other nations and their people.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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