03.14.19

Senator David Perdue Supports President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

“There is a five-alarm crisis at the southern border. I’ve seen it firsthand.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) supports President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border: 

“There is a five-alarm crisis at the southern border. I’ve seen it firsthand. This is not just about illegal immigration or building the wall. It’s about the explosion in illegal drug trafficking. We also need to close loopholes and get border patrol agents the resources they desperately need. President Trump knows that, and he’s right to take action to protect the American people. It is criminal that Congress has made this a political issue when both parties should be working together to keep Americans safe.”

Background:

  • President Barack Obama recognized the drug crisis at the southern border and declared a national emergency in 2011 to deal with the threat of criminal cartels in the United States.
  • Additionally, the four previous U.S. presidents oversaw the construction of a combined 654 miles of physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

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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.