(Greg Hilburn, Monroe News Star)- Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry was among those who met with President Donald Trump Friday at the White House to discuss border security and building some sort of wall or barrier at the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
Landry, a Republican who is an advocate of the president’s wall and who has been critical of what’s known as “sanctuary cities,” said he told the president a border without a wall is like a house with no front door.
“I don’t care if you have drones or motion detectors or any other security. If you don’t have a front door, the criminals are going to come into your house,” Landry said.
Landry said he sat next to Vice President Mike Pence during Friday’s roundtable.
The attorney general echoed Trump’s assertion that America is facing “a crisis” on the southern border.
“We have seen what happens when we allow criminals to come into our country illegally,” Landry said, pointing to the 2016 death of St. John Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin when a bus driver living in the U.S. illegally crashed his vehicle and killed Chauvin and Jermaine Starr.
“Spencer Chauvin’s wife, Jennifer, and his two children, Jude and Jade, will never be reunited with their husband and father here on this earth.”
The president’s refusal to accept a budget without more than $5 billion to build a barrier has resulted in the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history.
During Trump’s Friday roundtable, he said the country is “under siege” according to media reports.
“We have a country that is being invaded by criminals and by drugs and we’re going to stop it,” the president said.
Landry said the president told the group he would support comprehensive immigration reform if Congress agrees to fund the border wall.