Shared January 10, 2019
President Trump on Thursday visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and argued a barrier made of steel would deter human trafficking and other violent crimes, amid stalled negotiations with Democrats over funding the border project and ending the partial government shutdown.
"Where you have a good strong barrier, you don't have problems," the president told reporters during his tour.
During a briefing with border agents at a patrol station in McAllen, Trump highlighted gun, trafficking and drug crimes along the border. The president spoke in front of a table of items border agents have seized, including a rifle, handguns, a plastic bag full of cash and black-taped bricks of heroin and meth.
“If we had a barrier of any kind, a powerful barrier, whether it’s steel or concrete...We would stop it cold,” Trump said.
Back in Washington, Democrats on Thursday were blocked in the Senate after trying to proceed with House-passed spending bills that would fund the government and end the partial shutdown without new border wall money. But Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, blocked that effort, saying it amounts to “pointless show votes.”
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