Maria Bartiromo interviewed Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, asking him to characterize the border situation right now. “Well certainly it’s unsecured,” he said, “being here in Arizona, on the border, we’ve had 80 – 120,000 illegals apprehended each year of the past three years, just here in this one part of Arizona. In law enforcement we call that a clue. The border’s not secure.”
Babeu says a 14′ steel corrugated no-climb fence in places like high traffic areas and proven smuggling corridors, reminding the audience that we’ve got ISIS terrorists wanting to come in and do bad things to Americans. He notes that it is a national security issue and that Donald Trump is right to be making it a top priority.
She asks if the clarity that he’s now given the issue will help to unite the GOP behind him on the issue. Babeu notes from a law enforcement perspective that the laws that apply to all of us should also apply in the case of illegal immigration. He says, “That’s what we want, we want to enforce the laws and that’s what Donald Trump would do. And then pivoting to okay, well what do we do with those illegal immigrants who are here. His priority is very clear. Focus on the criminal, the violent criminal illegals, which is a small minority of that large group and get them out of this country, never to return again.”
Trump’s Plan – A Return To Mutual Respect For The Sovereignty Of Nations
Babeu says, “That’s where all of us should agree and quite the contrary, ‘president’ Obama, with the support of Hillary Clinton, has released 84,000 of these criminal, violent offenders many of them, into our communities in the past three years alone.
Sheriff Babeu makes the point that the process must be a legal one and that America is a welcoming nation on that basis, but it is our right as a sovereign nation to decide who is able to come in and who cannot. He also points out the threat that the refugee process represents as a mechanism for terrorist entry into the United States as recognized by intelligence and national security experts. The fact that Congress continues to do nothing in the face of this threat is unconscionable.
He’s asked for his thoughts on the trip by Trump to Mexico, responding that, “It’s fitting, it’s appropriate. Look, Mexico is not our enemy here, Mexico is our neighbor, certainly Arizona’s number one trading partner, America’s top three and we have an interest in their success. We want to find ways not only to secure our border, to respect the sovereignty of each nation and our laws, we want them to succeed economically.”
He adds, “So whatever we can do, and I think Donald Trump is sincere, to help Pena and the leaders of Mexico defeat the cartels that have created this instability in their country, where 150,000 plus of their own citizens have been killed in this past decade.”
He sees a win win for both of us resulting from a return to law and order, border enforcement and a Donald Trump victory.