Steve Marshall calls on Congress to fully fund Donald Trump’s border wall

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall isn’t mincing words — he wants the new Congress to fully fund President Donald Trump‘s border wall with Mexico.

On Thursday, Marshall called on the new Congress to fully fund a border wall to protect Americans and uphold the rule of law. He also criticized incoming U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for deliberately ignoring border security by pushing a budget plan that funds every remaining federal agency for the balance of fiscal 2019 except for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“It is the fundamental role of government to provide for the safety and security of its citizens and yet many in Washington, D.C., shirk this basic duty in order to score political points,” said Marshall. “Shame on them and shame on Speaker Pelosi for turning a blind eye to continued security threats to Americans by refusing to fund a border wall and the vital operations of U.S. Homeland Security.

Marshall continued, “As Alabama’s Attorney General, I am deeply troubled by the steady stream of dangerous illegal drugs entering my state and the impact it has on our citizens and law enforcement. Drug trafficking, human trafficking and many violent crimes committed in Alabama can be traced to criminal elements crossing our country’s borders and the failure of current efforts to secure our border.”

Marshall made the request less than a day after news broke that a previously deported illegal immigrant was charged with first-degree rape of a juvenile in Alabaster, Ala.

“This week, we learned that a criminal alien previously deported for drug crimes illegally reentered the country—even returning to Alabama where his original crimes were committed—and was charged with the rape of a minor. Where does it end? When does it end? It ends with a border wall as the backbone of a serious and effective border-security strategy that protects Alabamians and all Americans.”

Attorney General Marshall participated in a White House panel on protecting America’s borders in August 2018.