WASHINGTON - Following President Donald Trump’s address to the nation, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement: 

“Make no mistake: we have a humanitarian crisis as a result of the 60,000 illegal and inadmissible immigrants a month on the southern border.  The President has been abundantly clear that the Democrats need to start working with Republicans – not against them – to reach an agreement on securing our southern border and putting the wellbeing of American citizens first.  

“Democrats in Washington, D.C. are playing games with the safety and security of each and every town in America.  A wall is not just about protecting our southern border, but about stopping human trafficking and the transport of illegal weapons and drugs – in addition to the ability of gang members and terrorists to exploit the holes in our system and take advantage of our good will and American ideals.

“As the President said tonight, this is about fulfilling our duty to the citizens we serve.  I agree, Mr. President. Let’s work together to secure our border.”