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On March 6, Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, appeared before a Congressional committee to report the emergency crisis that is going on at our southern border. The hard-working Border Patrol is being stretched to the limits.

In the month of February, over 76,000 undocumented immigrants were stopped or detained at the border, and the forecast is that the number will increase substantially with warmer weather.

A large percentage of these people consisted of both unaccompanied children and families with children. These children are victims of smugglers and human traffickers, and their crimes have required any female over 10 years of age to have a pregnancy test. Our southern court system has exploded with a backload of over 800,000 undocumented immigrants waiting for a court date.

On March 7, President Obama's border security chief, Mark Morgan, appeared on a national morning news program. Mr. Morgan stated that President Trump is 100 percent right when calling the conditions at our southern border a national crisis. He said the wall is the first line of defense with the aid of electronic surveillance equipment.

I urge all readers of this letter to search and listen to Sen. Chuck Schumer's speech that he gave in 2009 to the Georgetown Law School. He stated firmly that we must take control of our borders and "dramatically reduce" the number of illegal aliens coming into our country. In addition, he stated that the law must be changed to have "a rational system of legal immigration." A short time after Mr. Schumer's speech, Congress gave President Obama billions of dollars to start the wall in California and Arizona.

In 2019, the undocumented immigrant numbers have increased to a breaking point for our Border Patrol personnel. 

Steve Sawyer, Mason City

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