UPDATED 12:55 PM PT — Friday, January 11, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence offered words of thanks and encouragement to the officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency for their work after attending a briefing on border security.
While speaking at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Friday, Pence recognized the risks the officers face, and expressed appreciation for the sacrifices they make during the course of their jobs.
Pence said the White House and Congress are taking steps to mitigate the effects of the partial government shutdown, and offered assurances of the administration’s support.
“The president wanted me to communicate to each and every one of you…we’re going to get you the support that you need, we’re going to build that wall, we’re going to get the resources that you need to secure our border, one way or another,” said the vice president.”That’s our pledge to each and every one of you, we owe you nothing less and more importantly we owe the American people nothing less.”
Pence called on lawmakers on Capitol Hill for their assistance in order to address the situation at the southern border. He described it as a humanitarian crisis, and insisted this requires action from Congress.