Yesterday President Trump visited the Yuma sector of the U.S. southern border with Mexico to see first hand how Border Patrol, ICE agents and the fence in the area have worked to stop drug and human trafficking.
THANK YOU to all of the great men and women at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Yuma, Arizona & around the United States! pic.twitter.com/tjFx8XjhDz— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2017
"We respect and cherish our ICE officers and our Border Patrol agents, and we respect and cherish our police officers, and our firemen, and all of our uniform services," Trump said Tuesday night during a rally in Phoenix. "During that visit, I heard first hand from the frontline agents about the security threats they confront each and every day, and I pledged my continued resolve to them, and all of you, to keep our country safe. All around the nation, I have spent time with the wonderful Americans whose children were killed for the simple reason that our government failed to enforce our immigration laws, already existing laws."
"And I promised these families, the deaths of their loved ones will not have been in vain. I promised them. I know so many of them," he continued.
Since the fence in Yuma was built more than a decade ago, Border crossings have plummeted by 96 percent. More from Fox News:
Video of the Yuma chaos made its way to Washington, where then-President George Bush pledged to fix it. In 2006, Congress passed the Secure Fence Act. Three years later every mile of Yuma’s border with Mexico contained a fence or vehicle barrier.
“We essentially apprehend 92 percent of all entries through the Yuma sector,” said Porvaznik, as he steered a white and green Chevy Tahoe through the sand. “That is 126 miles of border, which includes 12 miles of these sand dunes. On a scale of 1 to 10 we are a 9.”
Today, Yuma has triple the manpower and apprehends just 15 illegal immigrants a day, a 96 percent reduction. Instead of 2,700 vehicle penetrations, this year’s total is just 27.
During his remarks Tuesday night Trump vowed to build his promised border wall, even if it means shutting down the government.