Alabama Senate leader Del Marsh (R-Anniston) voiced his support for President Donald Trump’s latest action on border security while blaming Democrats for their inability to fix the long-standing issue.
In an interview with Yellowhammer News, Marsh said he supports Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency along the Mexican border.
Marsh explained that the urgency of the threat made it necessary.
“It is an emergency,” Marsh stated. “It is about protecting this country. That’s where the threat is. The threat is the southern border. All our borders should be secure. But the threat right now is the southern border. No one can deny that.”
When asked where border security should rank among the country’s priorities, Marsh said border security should be number one.
And he expressed frustration at how policy-makers have approached the issue.
“I cannot for the life of me understand how people in Congress can put people who are not citizens of this country above our citizens’ welfare, and that’s what I see happening,” he remarked.
He cited a single reason why, in his mind, the issue of border security has gone on for so long without resolution.
“Politics,” Marsh declared.
Specifically, he believes Democrats view illegal immigration as providing a pool of potential new voters and that has threatened national security.
“They have put that above the safety of the citizens of this country,” he said. “Democrats are basically saying, ‘Don’t worry about a process. Come on! We’re your buddies!’”
Marsh also pointed out the fact that he has already filed a bill in the Alabama legislature to allow Alabamians to help build the wall.
The legislation would provide taxpayers the option of checking a box on their tax returns should they want to donate to We Build the Wall, Inc.
Marsh has already donated to the fund himself.
“It’s about sending a message to this president, President Trump, that we support him and by sending these dollars to build the wall, showing our support for him,” he explained. “I believe it and I think the people of Alabama believe that security is the most important thing, the most important issue at this point in time. We want to support the wall, and we want to see the wall built.”
Tim Howe is an owner and editor of Yellowhammer News.