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December 16, 2018

Friends,

We all have our different nighttime routines. Mine looks a little like this: eat dinner. Watch the evening news. Give my three year old son, Lane, a bath, read him a bedtime story, say our prayers and put him to bed. Put Lane back to bed when he gets up for the third time. Make sure the doors are locked and the house is secure. And finally, brush my teeth, tell my wife goodnight and go to sleep. I’d bet your routine looks similar and we have at least one thing in common: locking our doors.
 
As someone once put it, we lock our doors “because we love the people inside, not because we hate the people outside.”
 
Why should we operate our sovereign nation’s borders any other way?
 
Right now, a caravan of immigrants is attempting to illegally cross our southern border. While many illegal immigrants are innocent people seeking safety and a better life, the truth is criminals and terrorists are exploiting serious vulnerabilities along our border. As a reporter on MSNBC said on live TV from the U.S.-Mexican border recently, “the majority are actually men and some of these men have not articulated that need for asylum.” In fact, more than 90% of the individuals who are part of the caravan are not qualified to enter under the asylum program and there are over 600 known felons traveling with the group. 
 
The previous administration’s policies and Washington’s inability to secure our border make these immigrants believe that once they reach our soil, they will be able to stay here. This has only encouraged other families in Central America to make the dangerous journey and put their children at risk. 
 
 
The southern border also serves as an entryway for illegal drugs to enter our country. In his book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, investigative journalist Sam Quinones lays out how black tar heroin is smuggled from Southwestern Mexico across our border into the United States. Fentanyl, which was just named the deadliest drug in America with over 18,000 deaths in 2016, is also pouring across our border.
 
On a typical day in 2017, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials intercepted 1,607 individuals with national security concerns, seized 5,863 pounds of narcotics, and apprehended 851 wanted criminals. This was just one day. So far in 2018, CBP has apprehended 728 gang members on the southern border, and according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, we block 10 known or suspected terrorists a day from traveling or attempting to enter the United States.
 
The House of Representatives has been on the forefront of efforts to secure our borders, crack down on drug trafficking and stop illegal immigration. President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 6, legislation I led to combat the opioid epidemic and to stop the flow of foreign shipments of fentanyl. In addition, the House has passed numerous bills to secure our border and fix our broken immigration system; however Senate Democrats have blocked these bills from being considered and getting to President Trump’s desk.
 
As your representative, I’ve made a promise to each of you to fight for common sense border security.
 
Rest assured, I will not give up on that promise.
 
We have a crisis at our southern border, and I will stand with President Trump to secure the funds he needs to deal with this crisis.  


Until next week,

Richard Hudson

Member of Congress (NC-08)




 


 



 


 





 








 


























 




 




 









 

 

 

 

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