JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State Rep. Chris Dinkins has hit the ground running by filing several pieces of legislation during her first week in office, including a resolution that urges Congress to fund and begin the construction of a wall along the United States border with Mexico.

Dinkins’ HCR 104 notes that nearly 1,000 aliens are caught each day as they try to illegally cross the border from Mexico into the United States, and that a significant number of aliens successfully avoid detection and capture to establish residence illegally. The resolution also points out that President Donald Trump was elected on cornerstone promise to build a secure and impenetrable wall across the United States’ southern border, but that Congress has proven reluctant to provide full and immediate funding for the border wall.

“It’s vital that we act to secure our nation’s border against illegal immigrants and against terrorist threats. This is a matter of sealing our borders against individuals who break our laws with their illegal presence, and protecting our tax dollars from being abused,” said Dinkins, R-Annapolis. “My hope is that my colleagues will join me in approving this resolution so we can send a strong message to Congress that they need to act immediately to fully fund and begin construction of the border wall.”

Dinkins’ resolution now awaits assignment to committee for further discussion. If it is approved by the General Assembly it will be delivered to the members of Missouri’s congressional delegation to urge their support for the wall.