Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sessions: Congress will fund Trump's border wall

The Hill ^ | April 11, 2017 | Olivia Beavers 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he expects Congress to fund President Trump's campaign promise of building a wall on the Mexican border.

"I know he's going to battle for that and I believe he will get funding for the wall, I can't imagine Congress to deny him that," Sessions said on Fox News' "Hannity." "It doesn't have to be every foot of the entire 1,700[-mile] border, we know that."
"We need a wall. A barrier multiplies the ability of our border patrol and customs officers to be effective. They tell me that and I know they've told you that in the past. This is the way to go, if we follow through on this, we can secure this border. It will be a historic thing and something that the border patrol and our ICE officers and our customs people are really excited about," added Sessions, who spoke with Customs and Border Patrol agents on the Mexican border earlier Tuesday.
Sessions also touted recent numbers from the Department of Homeland Security that show a recent drop in those detained crossing the border illegally.
“Can you believe that we've had the lowest number of entrance at the border in 17 years?” Sessions said.
Sessions echoed President Trump’s repeated campaign criticism that Obama did not do enough to secure the border.
“I knew strong presidential leadership, unlike the wishy-washiness we’ve in the past would impact the flow but not as much as we've seen already. The numbers are down 70 percent since President Obama left office. It's really a remarkable achievement,” Sessions added.
Sessions reiterated the necessity for a wall in order to properly police the border.
“We need a wall. A barrier multiplies the ability of our border patrol and customs officers to be effective…if we follow through on this, we can secure this border.”

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