UPDATED 11:03 AM PT — Thursday, January 31, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence stressed the importance of border security, while visiting the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) headquarters.
While speaking in Arlington, Virginia Thursday, Pence thanked DEA officials for their work in combating crime. The vice president claimed their job is more difficult than ever before, citing the thousands of migrants at the border.
Pence discussed the administration’s commitment to stopping the flow of illegal drugs that come through ports of entry by pledging to provide officials with better resources, including security personnel.
“The reality is though as we talk about securing our southern border, all of you know that many of our drugs still enter our nation through our southern border — 90-percent of heroin that claims 300 lives every single week in overdoses across this country comes through our southern border,” explained the vice president. “And again, it underscores the reason why this president and this administration remain so determined to secure our border and we’ll do just that.”
Pence called on Congress to strike a deal on the wall for the sake of the people and those who enforce the law.