02.13.19

Senator David Perdue Discusses Trip To Southern Border

“The security crisis is clear when you’re at the border and see it personally in an overnight patrol.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss his recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to see the national security crisis firsthand.  

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Senator Perdue Squawk Box 2

Highlights:

Support Border Patrol Agents: “Senator Daines and I went out in the field overnight and saw the apprehension of illegal immigrants firsthand. I can tell you our border patrol agents are doing a yeoman’s job. We need to give border patrol help in addition to building barriers.”

Spike In Drug Trafficking: “I visited the busiest part of the southern border and was overwhelmed by the growth in drug traffic. The Mexican cartels have found the soft spots, and they are bringing a shocking amount of drugs into our country.”  

National Security Crisis: “The security crisis is clear when you’re at the border and see it personally in an overnight patrol. We were out there watching the apprehensions, watching drugs come across the river, and listening to scouts talk about where the patrols were.”

Keep Up The Momentum: “The three areas along the border where previous U.S. presidents built walls have seen illegal drug and human trafficking reduced by about 95 percent. Building 55 additional miles this year will keep the momentum going on what the past four presidents have built.”

Border Security Should Be Bipartisan: “Both sides have agreed there’s a security issue at our southern border, but it has been politicized. I hope the deal that’s on the table this week will get us past this impasse.”

Broken Funding Process: “We are in our fifth month of this fiscal year. This border security funding should have been done last year. We have to move on and get to next year’s budget and appropriations, or we’re going to be right back here at the end of September doing the same thing.”

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.