Let no one doubt the compassion of the American people. A large group of people cross unlawfully into our nation and jeopardize public safety by attempting to evade Border Patrol. Their vehicle rolls over and 9 people are killed. Many others are injured.
Our response? We fly the most seriously injured to Phoenix for medical treatment, at tremendous expense.
This compassion, even for those who break our laws, is what separates us from other nations.
But it also points out the need for real border security. It is not right to encourage people to risk their lives to come here because of our porous borders. Nor is it fair for Americans to bear these incredible health care costs, again because our borders are not secure.