Congressman Hunter's April Newsletter
America is thriving once again due to the conservative solutions that have produced a historic surge in economic growth. Just last month, the U.S. Labor Department released the March 2019 jobs report – adding 196,000 jobs to our economy. This month continues a 102-week streak of job gains, while unemployment stayed at 3.8 percent. Overall, our economy continues to grow and is stronger than ever before.
Border Wall Visit
A few weeks ago, I joined President Trump at Calexico, California, to look at a portion of the new wall being built on our southern border. The tour itself provided an opportunity to see firsthand the challenges that our Border Patrol agents face on a-daily-basis and the need for border security and enforcement. I shared with President Trump that one of San Diego’s greatest assets is the double-layered border fence that extends to the Pacific Ocean. Our region is a leading example of how effective the presence of physical impediments at the border are, when supported by manpower and technology. In fact, this has led to a drop-in crime and apprehensions. Despite having one of the most effectively secured border regions in the country, the San Diego region will continue to deal with vulnerabilities created by the existing broken immigration system. Until its fixed, San Diego must continue doing its part, leading by example, and exposing aspects of the immigration process that desperately need to be fixed.
It’s also been a priority of mine to show other Members of Congress the importance of border security. It is for this reason, I joined my colleagues Rep. Andy Biggs, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Sean Duffy, and Rep. John Joyce in Yuma, Arizona where we toured a detainee facility and took an aerial tour of our southern border where you could see stretches of the area with no physical barrier between Mexico and the United States. In addition, we saw several illegal immigrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) briefed us on the fraud and abuse within our asylum system. The situation at the U.S.-Mexico border is an emergency. It is my hope that we can come together and work to secure our border. To learn more about my trip to the Arizona-Mexico border, I encourage you to read our latest op-ed.
A War Fighter
I have been fighting for Chief Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher who was charged with crimes connected to his 2017 deployment to Iraq with SEAL Team 7. These charges include killing an ISIS terrorist and shooting at innocent civilians with his sniper rifle. Despite the fact that our military was attempting to kill the same individual an hour earlier, Navy prosecutors made the determination that Gallagher violated the military’s rules of engagement. I am confident evidence in the case will prove differently. Over the last month, I joined my colleagues and the Gallagher family in demanding answers regarding the treatment of Chief Gallagher, including a letter to President Trump asking him to personally review the case and request that the Navy move him from a holding facility with sex offenders to less-restrictive barracks so he has better access to his family and his legal team as he prepares for trial. I have met with Chief Gallagher several times and there are more challenges ahead. Just this week, I sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense regarding my deep concern with the treatment of Chief Gallagher and requested two separate Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DODOIG) investigations into these concerns. Going forward, I will continue to be an advocate for one of America’s heroes, a SEAL who has served our nation on eight different deployments, to ensure he receives a fair and just trial.
The Congressional Art Competition
Congratulations to Jessica Kammon of Escondido! Jessica is California’s 50th District winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition with her piece entitled, “A Blue World”. Jessica’s winning piece will hang in a designated spot in the U.S. Capitol Building with other winners from around the country. A special thanks to our judges and Santee City Hall for their hospitality and making our event a success. Chelsea Tran of Escondido placed second with her piece entitled, “A Friend in the Ferns” and Sharon Magna of Escondido placed third with her piece, “Till Death Do Us Part”.
Visiting Washington, D.C.
If you’re planning a trip to our Nation’s capital this summer, my Washington, D.C. office can help in scheduling Congressional Tours at some of the city’s most beloved historical sites. I recommend that you submit your tour request 3-6 months in advance of your visit. While you are in Washington, D.C., I encourage you and your family to stop by my office. If you have any questions, please contact my staff at (202) 225-5672. We will be happy to help you with any further requests you may have.
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Hearing from You
As always, I hope to hear from you throughout the course of the year as Congress does its legislative work, in addition to providing effective oversight. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns.