Sunday, January 20, 2019

Vice President Pence visits the Mexico-California border, just miles away from the caravan

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Calexico border wall yesterday where he received a briefing on the construction of the barrier, got a tour and delivered remarks to Customs and Border Patrol employees.

“This is the beginning of keeping our promise to the American people that we’re going to build a wall,” Pence said

The construction Pence visited is a reconstruction project to replace the original wall which was built in the 1990s and is not part of the new border project that President Donald Trump wants. The original Calexico border wall was built out of recycled scraps of metal and old landing mat, CBP said in a statement in February.

About 120 miles west of Imperial, Calif., where Pence was visiting, a caravan of 100 people from Central America seeking asylum in the United States were on the Mexican side of the border, outside a port of entry in San Diego. When asked about them, Pence said the caravan’s participants were proof that the U.S. needs to reform its immigration laws beyond a physical wall.

Pence also took this opportunity to call for tougher immigration reforms. He said the U.S. must end the “catch and release” practice in order to stop “enticing” people to make the long and often dangerous trip to the United States, a lucrative business for human traffickers, even if they do not fit the definition of a legitimate asylum-seeker.

“I think we always have to put the interest of America first, and our immigration policies come from a broad range of considerations,” Pence said

ABC NEWS