Dear Mr. Napoli,
Thank you for contacting me about the security of our nation’s southern border. I appreciate hearing from you.
America has long benefited from immigration and the contributions of those who have come to this country willing to work hard and seek a better life. Nearly every American has some connection to our immigrant history. My own grandparents emigrated here from Ireland.
At the same time, like many Americans, I believe that our immigration system is fundamentally broken. Our borders are not secure, and large numbers of individuals regularly cross our borders illegally, including some who are violent criminals. That is why I support measures to secure our borders, including physical barriers, patrol agents, and high tech surveillance. I have also introduced the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (S. 87), which would ensure that local law enforcement officers are able to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Specific to your concerns, on October 13, news outlets began reporting that a caravan of migrants in Central America, primarily from Honduras, was travelling toward Mexico with the intent of eventually entering the U.S. illegally or as asylum seekers. Since the initial news reports, the Mexican government intervened to try to disperse the caravan. However, it has been reported that some members of the caravan are continuing to travel toward the U.S. border. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has stated that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories.
In response to these reports, President Trump has called upon Mexico and other Central American countries to take action to stop illegal immigration to the U.S. He has also indicated that the U.S. will continue to defend its borders from illegal immigration.
I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on the security of our southern border. Please be assured I will continue to closely monitor this situation.
Thank you again for your correspondence. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania