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Fact check: DEA has found that Mexican cartels most commonly transport drugs through our Southwest border at legal ports of entry. A border wall does nothing to stop that from happening, sorry VP Pence.
CBP Commissioner McAleenan told me in October 2017 that his top priority to secure the border was more drive-through inspection systems at ports of entry. He didn’t mention a border wall.
According to DHS, these drive-through inspection systems examine 98% of rail cars but only 18% of cargo, passenger vehicles, and sea containers combined. Yet the President’s FY 2019 Budget request included just $44 million for these systems.
CBP Commissioner McAleenan said it would cost $300 million per year to inspect all arrival cargo, passenger vehicles, and sea containers. That’s a far cry from $5 billion or more per year for a border wall.
This is just one example of the smart and effective border security that Democrats support and would gladly fund to help keep Americans safe.
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