Since Friday, when President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on the southern border and renewed his pledge to build “the wall” (really, the barrier system that the border patrol has been requesting for decades), the mainstream media has been openly questioning why it is necessary given that one of the causes for the national emergency, the amount of drugs coming across the border, is really stopped many times at border checkpoints.
There is also quite a bit of criticism regarding re-appropriating funds – which is presidential prerogative by virtue of the office and former Congressional action – for a project not specifically approved by Congress…even if they’ve approved it multiple times in the past only to have the money be re-appropriated for something else.
Over the weekend, the White House dispatched no less than one of the president’s closest advisors, speechwriter Stephen Miller, to defend the moves being made to swamp guardian Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Speaking exclusively to “Fox News Sunday,” senior White House adviser Stephen Miller vowed that substantial portions of President Trump’s proposed southern border wall will be completed by September 2020 — just months before Election Day.
Miller also strongly suggested that Trump would veto any effort by Congress to override his national declaration of emergency. A senior administration official told Fox News that the White House plans to move $8 billion in currently appropriated or available funds toward construction of the wall. Of that, $3 billion could be diverted with help from the emergency declaration.
“You’re going to see probably a couple hundred miles [of wall] in time, I would say, by the end of the next appropriation cycle,” Miller said. “All together in terms of what we already have underway, what’s underway right now, and then what we’re going to complete.”
Miller, asked by anchor Chris Wallace why a wall is necessary if most drugs are caught at ports of entry, said the government statistics on the matter are misleading and easily misinterpreted.
“The problem with the statement that you’re ‘apprehending 80 or 90 percent of drugs at ports of entry’ — that’s like saying you apprehend most contraband at TSA checkpoints at airports,” Miller said. “You apprehend the contraband there because that’s where you have the people, the screeners. I assure you if we had screeners of that same density across every single inch and mile of the southern border, you’d have more drugs interdicted in those areas.”
Miller added that the reason why four times as many illegal immigrants were stopped at the border in 2000 as compared to 2018 is that now, illegal immigrants are much harder to detain due to laxer asylum and immigration laws.
Watch Stephen Miller as he schools one of Fox News’s prized assets.