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Steve Marshall joins Trump at White House for briefing on drugs smuggled in from Mexico

Attorney General Steve Marshall joined President Donald Trump at the White House once again Wednesday, this time to brief the president on the impact of drug trafficking at and between points of entry at the nation’s southern border.

“I want to thank President Trump for his willingness to listen to state and local law enforcement on the destructive toll that drug trafficking is taking on our communities and families in Alabama and elsewhere along America’s southern border,” Marshall said in a statement.

He advised, “Due to Alabama’s proximity to Atlanta, a major distribution point for drugs, and to Texas, a border state, Alabama has become a prime transit point for drug trafficking. The reality is that drug trafficking in my state, and across this country, is largely the result of an unsecured border. By failing to address this, everybody should understand that we are setting up law enforcement for failure.”

Marshall represented the nation’s state attorneys general and law enforcement community in the select, high-level briefing with the president. Alabama’s Republican attorney general has been an outspoken supporter of the Trump administration’s efforts to construct a wall along the United States’ border with Mexico as an effective physical barrier to block drug smuggling and human trafficking.

“I also conveyed to the President that drug trafficking drives violent crime. Just in the past year in Alabama, we have had multiple incidents of violent crime—including crimes against children—committed by illegal immigrants who were here because of their roles in various drug-trafficking organizations,” Marshall explained. “Even after being deported, sometimes multiple times, these criminals return to the drug trade and commit crimes against innocent Alabamians. It is reprehensible that we let this happen in America.”

Other participants in the White House briefing included: Jim Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Carla Provost, chief, U.S. Border Patrol; and officials with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Customs and Border Protection.

This came after Marshall in August participated in a White House panel discussion on protecting America’s borders.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

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