President Trump surprised reporters at the White House late yesterday afternoon by delivering an impromptu press conference. He began by congratulating Nancy Pelosi on her second term as speaker and expressed his hope that they could find areas of agreement for the good of the country.
Then, with most of the networks carrying his comments live, he turned the podium over to representatives of the Border Patrol. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, spoke first. He said:
“I’ve been a Border Patrol agent for 21 years. I can personally tell you . . . that physical barriers, that walls actually work. . . I promise you that if you interview Border Patrol agents, they will tell you that walls work. . .
“Anywhere that you look, where we have built walls, they have worked. They have been an absolute necessity for Border Patrol agents in securing the border. We need those physical barriers, and we appreciate President Trump and all of his efforts in getting us those physical barriers.”
The next person who spoke was Art Del Cueto, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. He told reporters:
“We are all affected by this shutdown. We have skin in the game. However, it comes down to border security. . . and we fully support what [President Trump] is doing to take care of our nation’s borders. . . You all got to ask yourself this question: If I come to your home, do you want me to knock on the front door, or do you want me to climb through that window?”
Next was Hector Garza, also a vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, who addressed the criminals who are regularly apprehended attempting to cross the border. Agent Garza said:
“We’re talking about murderers, rapists, people that commit very serious crimes in this country. . . These criminal aliens that have been released from jail, that have been deported, will come right back into the United States. However, if we had a physical barrier, if we had a wall, we would be able to stop that. . . And again, we ask our congressmen to fund border security and fund the border wall.”
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Incredibly, some talking heads on MSNBC labeled the president’s press conference a “stunt” and even suggested that Agents Del Cueto and Garza are the equivalent of skinheads because they happened to be bald and support the president’s efforts against illegal immigration.
Joe Scarborough and Donny Deutsch owe President Trump and the men of the Border Patrol a huge apology. But I won’t hold my breath.
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