Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today issued the following statement of support in reaction to President Trump's visit to the southern border in Yuma, AZ:
"Texas like Arizona is on the front lines of our nation's border security crisis. For too long, our border patrol was hamstrung by policies of the Obama Administration that emboldened illegal border crossings by drug cartels and criminal aliens seeking to harm our communities.
"Through executive action and working with a Republican Congress, President Trump has taken important steps to turn the tide and these steps are working. This year, the Immigration Customs and Enforcement Agency has already removed over 2,700 criminal gang members, compared to 2,057 in all of 2016. The House has passed Kate's Law to expand penalties for returning deported, illegal immigrants who commit more crimes, and a bill to block funds for sanctuary cities. We also passed a spending bill that funds President Trump's border wall. I urge my Senate colleagues to stand with our president and pass these bills as well. I thank President Trump for taking a strong stand to secure our borders and protect the American people."