Donald Trump’s border wall isn’t just for economic purposes – it’s a national security issue.

Many are aware of the brutality that the competing drug cartels ruling Mexico inflict on Mexico’s people, and their rivals, but few are aware that they also pose a major threat to Americans. In fact, they’ve killed more Americans than ISIS has. The cartels killed 293 Americans in Mexico from 2007 to 2010, and have even attacked U.S. consulates in Mexico on a number of occasions. That’s nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands of Mexicans killed by them – meaning that the drug cartels have been responsible for more deaths in Mexico than ISIS has in Iraq and Syria.

The 293 aforementioned deaths are just the deaths of Americans caused directly by cartels in Mexico (and obviously there are more – but I couldn’t find statistics post 2010). Given that there’s no border wall separating us from Mexico, those in the cartel can just walk in. According to DEA staff coordinator Russ Baer, there’s a cartel presense documented in America, including the “Sinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, Juarez Cartel, Knights Templar, Beltran-Leyva Organization (BLO), Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), Los Zetas, and Las Moicas.

Among the most dangerous foreign criminal organization with a presence in America isn’t a drug cartel however, it’s the MS-13 gang (who, thanks to their brutality, has also been recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel in their battle with Los Zetas). The gang boasts 10,000 members in America, and 30,000 worldwide. Roughly 60-70 percent of members are immigrants, the majority of which are likely illegal.

And of course, Trump is well aware of this, and is incorporating these facts in his case for the wall.

Drug smugglers are being helped by the Democratic leaders in Congress who are trying to block funding for a border wall, says President Donald Trump.

He is using Twitter to hit the Democrats as enablers for the criminal gangs that are smuggling deadly drugs into American cities and towns around the nation, and which are sending murderous MS-13 gang members into Americans’ neighborhoods.

The strategy makes sense because it is true, and because many of the Americans who will vote in 2018 are increasingly concerned about the rising death toll from Mexican-supplied heroin and other drugs. In July 2016, Breitbart News reported that voters want safer communities as they see crime rates rising. The Opinion Research Corporation found that 58 percent of voters think politicians aren’t doing enough to keep drug traffickers off the streets, but only 30 percent thought we lock up drug traffickers for too long, a 2-to-1 margin.

And of course, that’s just the gang violence argument. The economic argument against illegal immigration is just as strong, as illegal immigration costs federal and state governments $113 billion annually – and that’s just in how much benefits they receive in social services verses how much in taxes they pay. The number would be much larger if a dollar value was put on the Americans whose jobs they displace, and the downward pressure they put on wages.

H/T Breitbart

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