Walls, fences and militias:
funded border wall ordered to keep gate open indefinitely. Officials have ordered a privately funded section of
wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to keep its gate open indefinitely, saying organizers failed to obtain required permits,
according to BuzzFeed News. The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), which oversees waterway issues
between the U.S. and Mexico, said the organizers of We Build the Wall, which raised more than $23 million, had not obtained
permission to build on federal land. The half-mile barrier, on the border near Sunland Park, N.M., restricts access to
a public monument and waterways, according to the IBWC.
Build The Wall' Gate Ordered Shut, Organization Blasts Daily Caller As 'Fake News'. The private sector effort
to build a wall on the southern border of the United States, We Build The Wall, has announced a major victory after they
received permission to lock and shut its gate from the federal government, contradicting reports from media outlets that
claimed the gate was locked open after being built without a permit. We Build The Wall, the viral campaign to privately
fund the border wall that raised over $20 million via GoFundMe, is blasting fake news and thanking the federal government
for its cooperation in the private construction effort to build a wall on the southern border.
military personnel ordered to paint border barriers to improve 'aesthetic appearance'. United States military
personnel deployed near the U.S.-Mexico border have reportedly been assigned to paint certain barrier structures to strengthen
their "aesthetic appearance." Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon [6/5/2019] that the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) informed Congress that troops are going to spend the next month painting barriers and
that "the primary purpose is to improve the aesthetic appearance."
The Editor says...
The walls, fences, and barriers should be painted to prevent rust. Then they should be greased to prevent almost anybody from
climbing over them. Then they should be decorated with razor wire.
Gunmen Reportedly Brandish Rifles, Intimidate Border Wall Construction Crew. Brian Kolfage, the veteran who
started the viral We Build The Wall organization, revealed that cartel gunmen approached border wall construction crews
brandishing rifles last night [5/30/2019], seeking to intimidate them and prevent them from continuing the border wall
construction. [...] This report comes only one day after President Donald Trump posted a video to Twitter, showing over 1,000
illegal aliens crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally where the border wall has not been completed. They
were then apprehended by authorities, in what represents the single largest apprehension in United States history.
Just Got A Big Win On The Border Wall As Democrat Lawsuit Is Thrown Out. A judge has thrown out the lawsuit
brought by House Democrats that was attempting to stop his use of previously allocated funds to build parts of the border
wall. The primary reason for the case being tossed is that the Democrats lacked standing. The judge felt that
because of that lack of standing, the judiciary had no role in trying to mediate what was ultimately a political fight.
The House had already allocated the funds and granted the executive the statutory ability to allocate those funds further
within the departments. It was ridiculous to ever think that House Democrats, absent passage of legislation, could
suddenly decide they have the right to tell the President how he can spend money they already allocated to be highly discretionary.
judge rejects House challenge of border wall funding. A federal judge on Monday [6/3/2019] denied a House
request to prevent President Donald Trump from tapping Defense Department money for his proposed border wall with Mexico,
saying Congress lacked authority to sue.
Federal Judge Rejects
House Bid To Stop Trump's Border Wall. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday ruled against House
Democrats who tried to block the Trump administration from reallocating Defense Department funds for a border wall.
U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden said the House of Representatives does not have standing to bring the challenge, calling
it a political fight between two branches.
Congresswoman Has a Beautiful Wall. Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters is no fan of President Donald
Trump. Waters has repeatedly called for the president's impeachment and has impugned his immigration proposals as
racist. The liberal firebrand is perhaps Trump's harshest critic. But, what if we told you Waters uses a wall for
her own security?
rejects House Dems attempt to block Trump use of military funds for border wall. A federal judge has ruled
against congressional Democrats who sought to temporarily stop the president from using military funds for a border
wall. Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, handed the president a needed victory after the White House suffered
several losses in legal battles with Democrats in recent days. McFadden ruled that House Democrats cannot go to court
to block Trump from using military funds to build the border wall "because the Constitution grants the House no standing to
litigate these claims."
tosses House Dems' lawsuit over Trump's use of emergency military funds for border wall. Washington, D.C.,
district court Judge Trevor McFadden threw out House Democrats' lawsuit seeking an injunction against President Trump's
emergency border wall funding reallocation, saying that the matter is fundamentally a political dispute and that the
politicians lack standing to make a legal case. Trump had declared a national emergency this past February over the
humanitarian crisis at the southern border, following Congress' failure to fund his border wall legislatively. House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats then filed suit in April, charging that Trump was "stealing from
appropriated funds" by moving $6.7 billion from other projects toward border wall construction.
calls flood Sunland Park City Hall following cease-and-desist. Officials in this Southern New Mexico town
received thousands of calls on Wednesday [5/29/2019] in support of a privately funded border fence. This came the day
after Mayor Javier Perea issued a cease and desist order stopping further work on the border barrier because it lacked a
municipal construction permit. "I got 800 calls on my answering machine in one hour. They're all calling
from out of state. They are in favor of the wall," said a Sunland Park city official who declined to be named.
Just Found a Way to Make Mexico 'Pay for the Wall'. President Donald Trump may have found a way to fulfill one
of the more ambitious — and controversial — pledges from his 2016 campaign: making Mexico pay for
the wall. On Thursday [5/30/2019], hours after Trump tweeted that the U.S. Border Patrol had apprehended a record
number of illegal migrants, the president announced that he would impose a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico, increasing
over time, until the Mexican government stopped the migrant flow from Central America.
Private Border Wall Hit With Cease and Desist. The owner of a property where a private border wall was built
over Memorial Day weekend received a cease and desist order Tuesday for building the half-mile wall in violation of a Sunland
Park, New Mexico, city ordinance. The wall, built near El Paso, Texas, by a nonprofit organization funded by
triple-amputee Airforce veteran Brian Kolfage's viral $20 million GoFundMe fundraising campaign, didn't obtain a building
permit prior to breaking ground, Sunland Park city officials told KTSM.
Build the Wall" Closes Off Human and Drug Smuggling Corridor in One Weekend! For months the liberal media
mocked "We Build the Wall" founder and organizer Brian Kolfage and his noble plan to use private donations to help build the
much-needed security wall between the US and Mexico. Brian raised over $20 million in private donations from over
260,000 individuals to build a border wall on the US southern border.
border wall going up in vulnerable El Paso sector even as federal courts push open borders. In spite of 'open
borders' Democrats in Congress and activist federal judges appointed by Barack Obama, a section of wall is nevertheless being
erected in a busy half-mile corridor near El Paso, Texas, thanks to a privately-funded effort. Kris Kobach, former
secretary of state for Kansas and head of "We Build the Wall," told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program Sunday that the wall is
going up on private land in a section of the border that has become a heavy smuggling corridor for drugs and migrants.
Kobach said the wall section is "the first time a private organization has built border wall on private land."
judge blocks Trump from using Defense funds for parts of border wall. A federal judge on Friday night
[5/24/2019] blocked President Donald Trump from tapping into Defense Department funds to build parts of his US-Mexico border
wall. In a 56-page ruling, Judge Haywood Gilliam of the Northern District of California blocked the administration from
moving forward with specific projects in Texas and Arizona, saying Trump couldn't disburse the funds without congressional
approval. The lawsuit that prompted the ruling was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the
plaintiffs, the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition. Although Friday's ruling does not prevent the
Trump administration from using funds from other sources to build the projects, it's a setback for the President on a
signature agenda item that has consistently been thwarted by Democrats in Congress.
Democrats' Wall Funding Lawsuit Runs Into a Skeptical U.S.
Judge. A U.S. House of Representatives attempt to block President Donald Trump from spending about $6.1 billion
on a southern border wall ran into what could be a major obstacle of its own Thursday — a skeptical federal judge.
The Democrat-led chamber asked U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden in Washington to bar the administration from reallocating the
money from other Defense Department projects in the wake of Congress's outright refusal to give the president all the funding he
sought for the project. But the judge — a 2017 Trump nominee — had reservations, opining at the outset
about an apparent lack of legal precedent and whether courts are the right forum for resolving disputes between the executive and
surge, Trump builds, and House tries to shut down border wall construction behind him. With as many as four
million migrants vowing to enter the U.S. illegally in 2019, nearly 100,000 apprehended in April alone, and 168,000
"families" released into the U.S. interior this year, the surge is on. President Trump is working at breakneck speed to
get some semblance of a wall built, particularly at the critical crossing areas. According to a report from Townhall's
Katie Pavlich, citing official Homeland Security releases, waivers are being issued to permit wall construction now.
"We Build The Wall'
Donors Demand Answers After Months of No Construction. A "We Build The Wall" GoFundMe campaign quickly raised
$22 million in online donations, but months after its launch and still no construction, donors are beginning to ask what's
being done with their money. In the run-up to what became the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, all related
to a debate over border wall spending, Purple Heart veteran Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe in December calling on people
to privately fund a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The activist currently promises that his campaign would "do it
for a fraction" of the cost it would take the government, telling The Washington Post in January that his project would cost
in the range of $2 to $3 million per mile.
to Transfer $1.5 Billion to Border Wall. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved the transfer of
$1.5 billion to build more than 80 miles of barriers on the border with Mexico, U.S. officials said on May 10, including
taking about $600 million from an account meant for Afghan security forces. "The funds were drawn from a variety of
sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on
force readiness," Shanahan said in a statement. Shanahan said that the U.S. military had more than 4,000 service
members on the border, along with 19 aircraft.
Pentagon shifting $1.5 billion to
border wall construction. The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the
Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of nearly 80 miles of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border,
officials said Friday [5/10/2019].
GoFundMe Campaign to Build the Wall Is a Bust. Back in December, Washington state Trump supporter Joshua Greene
donated a small amount of money to the crowdfunding effort to build a wall along the southern U.S. border. He wasn't
alone. The GoFundMe page to build the wall, to which he'd donated, was a sensation on the right in late 2018 and raised
more than $20 million. Organized by triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage, the campaign eventually morphed into a nonprofit
called We Build the Wall, which promised to build portions of the wall on private land using the money it raised. Months
later, there's no evidence that any construction has started, despite claims from Kolfage and his allies that construction would
start in April. And now Greene is wondering what ever happened to that wall he was promised his dollars would fund?
New York Times Says "Give Trump His Border Money". The New York Times has endorsed giving Trump the $4.5B he
requested in funds for the border. Not just a single writer either, it's the whole editorial board. [...] While the
Times manages to get the top line decision right, they still had to get their shots in.
Barriers Against Barbarism.
[Scroll down] An easily overlooked reason that walls were so omnipresent in separating civilization from barbarism was
that the nomads of the Eurasian steppe had two main advantages: They were tougher than civilized men and they possessed
vast herds of horses that flourished on the Eurasian grasslands. We are constantly lectured today that a 50-foot wall
will be overcome by a 51-foot ladder, but horses didn't like ladders. By the early 20th century, however, the civilized
powers were developing vehicles, such as trucks and airplanes, even more mobile than horses. It's now easy for a small
number of defenders to monitor a long wall. Hence, building effective barriers and manning them is now relatively
cheaper than in the past. So, many countries around the world are building new border defenses to keep out unwanted
outsiders. But here in America, we are supposed to believe that a technology that worked for Constantinople for a
millennium against the greatest armies of the age can't possibly keep out migrant fruit pickers.
Friedman: Solution To Immigration Is A 'High Wall With A Big Gate'. New York Times columnist Thomas
Friedman explained on Wednesday [4/24/2019] on CNN how he thinks the U.S. government can solve the situation at the border,
following his trip there. Friedman's appearance on the network corresponded with his op-ed from the day before, in
which he described the port of entry at San Diego a "troubling scene."
is a war': Meet the Texas ranchers forming their own border militia. For Mike Vickers, not much has changed
here since 1823, the year a group of frontier lawmen formed the Texas Rangers to protect settlers and their land.
"We're still dealing with the bad guys from Mexico," Vickers, 69, told The Post, referring to smugglers who traffic in drugs
and migrants. "This is a war." Dressed in a cowboy hat, tan cargo pants and weathered boots, Vickers, a veterinarian,
runs Las Palmas Animal Hospital, but he's also chairman of the Texas Border Volunteers, a 300-strong militia helping thinly spread
Customs and Border Patrol agents cover more than a million acres of private land throughout the state's border counties.
border militia member accused of detaining migrants arrested in New Mexico. A New Mexico man belonging to a
militia group accused of detaining migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border at gunpoint was arrested Saturday on charges of
firearms possession by a felon, authorities said. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, was arrested in the border community of
Sunland Park with the help of local authorities, the FBI said in a statement. Hopkins was a member of the group holding
migrants in the area, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a separate statement.
of armed militia that held migrants arrested on weapons charges. The leader of a militia operating along the
southern border has been arrested by the FBI days after the armed group detained over 200 migrants who had just illegally
crossed into New Mexico. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, New Mexico, was arrested Saturday [4/20/2019] on
charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the FBI Albuquerque office said. Hopkins was
arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, which lies right on the border with Mexico and is just 8 miles northwest of
El Paso, Texas.
awards nearly $1 billion to build Trump's border wall. The Defense Department announced Tuesday that it had
awarded $976 million in contracts to build President Donald Trump's much-sought-after border wall with a completion date for
these projects of October 2020. A $789 million contract was awarded to the Texas-based company SLSCO Ltd. for the
construction of border wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico which is located in the El Paso sector of the border. A second
$187 million contract was awarded to the Montana-based Barnard Construction Company for work in Yuma, Arizona.
hate Trump more than they want to keep our country safe and secure. For decades, presidents along with scores
of Members of Congress from both political parties have been in agreement that our nation's immigration system is broken and
that a crisis is brewing at our southern border. During his historic 2016 campaign for the presidency, Donald J. Trump,
the ultimate political outsider, made border security and building a beautiful border wall the signature issue of his
candidacy. President Trump appealed to hardworking American citizen-taxpayers from coast to coast who were elated that
there was finally a candidate with the courage to confront the failed status quo by stopping illegal immigration and
reforming the ridiculous chain migration and visa lottery systems. During the first two years of his presidency,
President Trump has never wavered on his commitment to secure our porous southern border. Much to the dismay of the
D.C. swamp creatures, he's determined to make good on his promise to solve the existential threat at the U.S.-Mexico border.
border wall joins 31 other national emergencies currently in effect. President Trump's "national emergency"
declaration to complete construction of his multibillion-dollar wall along the U.S.-Mexico border Friday came as a shock to
some Americans. There is less than $1.4 billion in the budget deal the Senate and House approved on Feb. 14 —
enough for just 55 miles of new barriers and fencing, significantly less than the 200 miles of wall Trump was hoping to
start putting up. In order to accomplish his goal, Trump is reportedly prepared to use his executive authority to gain access
to roughly $6.6 billion in Pentagon and Treasury Department funds.
real story behind Brian Kolfage and 20 million private dollars for the wall. A couple of weeks ago, the liberal blog
BuzzFeed "broke" a "story" about President Trump supposedly ordering his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress on his
behalf, citing an unnamed "source" within the Robert Mueller investigation. But the "news" was so fake that Mueller's office
publicly disavowed it almost immediately after it appeared. And re-appeared, practically everywhere.
authorizes up to $1B to start 57 miles of border wall construction. The Pentagon notified Congress late Monday
[3/25/2019] that it authorized the transfer of up to $1 billion to erect 57 miles of "pedestrian fencing" along the
U.S.-Mexico border in direct support of President Trump's national emergency declaration from last month. The fencing,
which will be 18 feet high, is to be erected in the Yuma and El Paso sectors, the statement read. The Pentagon's
announcement was notable. A reporter from the New York Times tweeted that it is the first time the funds will be
transferred under section 284 for the border wall.
Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses 'unacceptable risk'. The commandant of the Marines
has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency
declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed "unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency."
The Editor says...
The Marines go where the Commander in Chief sends them. If you have a son in the Marine Corps, would you prefer that
he be in Afghanistan or Laredo?
Supreme Court will likely approve Trump's wall. Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build the wall
derives from that singular authority in the National Emergencies Act (NEA), passed by Congress in l976. Since then,
presidents have resorted to the NEA 58 times. In each case, the president — Democrat and Republican —
spent funds not appropriated by Congress and the Supreme Court did not overturn the action. Pildes notes, "Courts are
uncomfortable when asked to second-guess presidential judgments in areas such as national security, foreign affairs and
emergencies." The courts are not experts on these matters. Pildes cites the key Supreme Court decision, Immigration
and Naturalization Service v. Chadha, which declared, he says, that "legislative vetoes are unconstitutional" —
including vetoes of actions under the National Emergencies Act, the basis on which Trump acted.
Need some wall money? How
about $13B? The previous bidding in the government debate over new border wall construction seemed to come down
to an offer of $5.7B from the President and one dollar from Nancy Pelosi. With those talks effectively turning into a
stalemate, President Trump has been looking into alternate funding options, and it now appears that he's latched onto
something else. And that "something else" is big. We're talking about nearly $13 billion and it would
all be coming from the military. But not everyone is happy about it.
finds $12.8 billion for Trump's border wall. The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion in possible
funding that it could use to fulfill President Trump's call for a border wall. [...] The Pentagon's list said it has found possible
funding sources that are "in excess of the amount needed." But it's not clear which projects the Defense Department will draw
from. Some states that have been allocated big chunks of money that haven't been spent could see a hit. California, for
example, was identified as having more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction that could be used.
Hawaii has more than $400 million that could be used.
finds $12.8 billion for POTUS Trump's border wall. It appears it really will be another promise made and
another promise kept by an American president who continues to confound his enemies and delight his tens of millions of
supporters both in the United States and around the world.
Is Still Building the Wall, and Has Raised Nearly $20 Million. Rumors of We Build the Wall's demise have been
greatly exaggerated. In fact, you can go to its GoFundMe page yourself, right now, and see that the group has collected
a little over $20 million. This is despite a sustained media barrage claiming GoFundMe was going belly-up and refunding
every donation — more than 300,000 — that had been sent into the wall-building effort. It's also
despite a sustained online pounding on founder Brian Kolfage's past and character from the likes of BuzzFeed — the
people largely responsible for clickbait listicles — and the Daily Beast. Brian Kolfage is the Air Force
veteran who, during a deployment to Iraq in 2004, was hit by an enemy rocket and lost three of his limbs. Since his
close brush with death and rehabilitation, Kolfage has become a husband and father of two, a frequent guest on cable TV news,
and an outspoken advocate for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Walls Across America:
Rob Reiner Edition. Long-time actor and director Rob Reiner is one of many Hollywood celebrities to have
frequently expressed disdain for President Donald Trump, particularly when it comes to his border policies. However,
Reiner's stated opposition to Trump's border policies hasn't stopped the "All in the Family" star from implementing a barrier
to protect his own home. So reporters from The Daily Caller paid a visit to Los Angeles to check out Reiner's massive
wall. [Video clip]
Build the Wall to Save
Taxpayers Billions. President Trump launched another battle for border wall funding on Monday, calling for
$8.6 billion in his proposed federal budget for next year. Top Democrats came out swinging, bashing a border wall as
"expensive and ineffective." Truth is, Dems are not leveling with the public about the billions we're already forced to
spend on shelters, food, diapers, medical care, and child care for migrants sneaking across the border and claiming asylum.
Not to mention the costs of public schooling and healthcare provided free to migrants once they are released into communities.
The wall will pay for itself in less than two years. It's a bargain.
Group of Senators Have Ideas on How to Fund the Wall Without a National Emergency. Legislators in Washington,
D.C. have had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration in order to obtain funding for his
border wall. Senators on both sides of the aisle have contemplated ways to provide Trump with the funding without the
president having to utilize the national emergency, the Associated Press reported. One of the proposals include taking
$1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension accounts. According to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a
member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, funds are available because Army recruitment is down and a voluntary early
military retirement program is being underutilized. Durbin, however, isn't happy about the development.
offers to build 234 miles of border wall for $1.4 billion. A U.S. company is offering to build 234 miles of
President Trump's border wall for just $1.4 billion, a fraction of the $8 billion the Trump administration is hoping to use
for that project. Fisher Sand and Gravel Company's President and CEO Tommy Fisher said the government is overpaying and said
that for $4.31 billion, he can build the wall and incorporate paved roads and border technology plus warranty. "Our whole
point is to break through the government bureaucracy," Fisher told the Washington Examiner. "If they do the small procurements
as they are now ... that's not going to cut it."
smugglers now ramming down corrugated border fences with trucks in San Diego. As California's leftist
Gov. Gavin Newsom grandstands about suing the Trump administration over its construction of a concrete border wall,
Mexico's human smugglers are having a grand old time, ramming through the corrugated junk metal fencing that's there with
heavy smuggling vehicles, terrorist-style.
Spends 40 Times More On Foreign Aid Than Border Security. While Democrats and Republicans battle over funding
for the border, there's one thing they can agree on — sending that money to other countries. One America's
Pearson Sharp explains how Congress has approved 40 times more on foreign aid than for protecting the U.S. border.
Establishment Squirms After Trump's Emergency Declaration. The GOP's business-first wing is complaining about
President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, despite the agreement by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to support
it. The pushback began immediately after Trump announced that he would sign the flawed 2019 border security budget
because he got McConnell's agreement to support the emergency declaration. The budget — which was negotiated
by McConnell's deputies — provides funds for only 55 miles of border wall. The budget also requires that
gaps be built in the wall and gives Texas Democrats a temporary veto over construction.
Doesn't Understand Difference Between Berlin Wall, Border Wall. Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested late last week that she does not understand the difference between the Berlin Wall and
President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. During an Instagram live video on Friday, the freshman congresswoman
said that she thought the wall was a "moral abomination. I think it's like the Berlin Wall." That Ocasio-Cortez
thinks the border wall is "like the Berlin Wall" suggests she knows very little about history and concepts of border security.
Emergency. I have to say at the outset, I want a wall built where a wall is needed. I don't claim to have
the expertise on where those places are, but the people who have the job of protecting this country do and they have
spoken. Our elected politicians, particularly Democrats, would rather play identity politics and appeal to their
radical base than protect our country. It's disgraceful. That said, I'm not a fan of the declaration of the
national emergency. It's not that I don't think hundreds of thousands of un-screened illegal aliens and millions of
pounds of drugs flowing across the border constitutes an emergency, it clearly does. It's that I don't like the idea of
a president, any president, being able to subvert the will of legislative branch. Yes, half the legislative branch is
currently in the hands of people uninterested in their constitutional duties, but they didn't seize power, they were elected
because the people they defeated didn't do the things they promised they'd do.
of Massachusetts sues for border wall contract records. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
has filed a lawsuit demanding information about a contract for a section of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that
President Donald Trump said his administration awarded.
where Trump could order up 234 miles of new border wall. President Trump's national emergency declaration to
build hundreds more miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was short on specifics about where the steel structures would
go. Trump's emergency order faces opposition in Congress. And even the president, in announcing the emergency
declaration Friday, admitted it could get bogged down in court fights for some time to come. In the meantime, though,
Trump administration officials are looking to Homeland Security experts for guidance about where along the nearly 2,000-mile
southern border it makes sense to add steel wall structures.
will win the wall fight. In the matter of the border wall, Congress could not have been more clear where it was
heading. It put itself on the path to institutional irrelevancy, and it has finally arrived. I do not agree there
is a national emergency on the southern border, but I do believe President Trump will prevail. This crisis is not the
making of Donald Trump. This is the making of Congress. For decades, Congress frittered away control over its
authority, including the power of the purse. I have testified before Congress, warning about the expansion of executive
power and the failure of Congress to guard its own authority. The two primary objections have been Congress giving
presidents largely unchecked authority and undedicated money. The wall funding controversy today is a grotesque result
of both of these failures.
emergency declaration is legal and needed to protect America — Here's why. President Trump's
national emergency declaration is well within his executive authority. Along with other executive action and a new
spending bill passed by Congress, it will permit him to reallocate and aggregate $8.1 billion in funding for a barrier
along our southern border [...] Any fair-minded legal scholar or commentator would agree that, "Yes, The President Can
Declare A 'National Emergency' To Build A Wall," as a headline on a news story on the NPR website stated earlier this
year. Citing Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program,
the article notes: "Congress chose not to put any substantial — or really any — barriers on the
president's ability to declare a national emergency."
is Trump, and not Obama, the so-called 'dictator'? President Trump has been turned down by Democrats for a
sensible border barrier, so he will declare a national emergency in accordance with a law Congress passed in 1976.
Somehow, following a law Congress passed gets Trump labeled as a dictator. Here is the case for declaring a national
emergency: Tens of thousands of people die each year from drug overdoses, and a huge percentage of those drugs comes
across the porous southern border illegally. [...] Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, including gang members and other
criminals, descend on our long southern border each year.
Families March on Nancy Pelosi's Office: 'Build That Wall'. Angel families stormed into House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi's office again Wednesday [2/13/2019] with calls to secure the U.S. southern border, but they were turned away yet
again. Americans whose loved ones have been killed by illegal aliens flooded into the office with questions as to why
their many requests for meetings with the Speaker went unanswered. Front office staff had little to offer in the way of
an answer and wouldn't give an idea of when so much as an aide would be available to meet with the families.
California's Doomed Bullet Train Fund Trump's Border Wall? California Gov. Gavin Newsom just pulled the
plug on the state's bullet train boondoggle. President Trump should demand the $3.5 billion the federal government
dumped into this black hole back, so he can put it to better use building the border wall.
Trump May Have Up to $21 Billion in Military Funds Available for Border Wall Construction. President Trump
declared a State of Emergency at the US southern border on Friday [2/15/2019]. Declaring the immigration crisis a
national emergency was overdue. Presidents have declared national emergencies for nearly 50 years. Barack Obama
declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which continue to this day. The Obama emergencies included the Swine Flu, Flint
water crisis and Iran.
Bill Allows Mexican Cartel-Connected Texas Counties to Stop Border Wall. A key provision in the spending bill
being presented to President Trump for signing stipulates that the federal government give specific Texas border counties the
opportunity to derail any efforts to build barriers, fencing, or walls by simply opposing the construction of the border
security measures — but many of the specified counties have a long and recent history of top officials taking
bribes from the Mexican Gulf Cartel. Ultimately, the bill allows county offices with historic ties to the Gulf Cartel
to stop U.S. border barriers from being constructed in the region. Local government officials spoke out against the
building of additional border barriers and have relied on the judgment of local law enforcement officials.
true, Trump really did start building more wall in Texas. When President Trump said Monday [2/11/2019] at a campaign rally
in El Paso that, "We've actually started a big, big portion of the wall today at a very important location, and it's going to go up pretty
quickly over the next nine months," I assumed it was nonsense he was spreading in hopes that his supporters might not mob him on stage for
so far failing to keep the central promise of his campaign. He similarly said Tuesday at the White House, "We just started a big, big
section [of wall] on the Rio Grande." I'm happy to say I was wrong. Trump was telling the truth.
Cruz wants to pass 'El Chapo Act' to make notorious drug lord pay for border wall. Texas senator Ted Cruz has
an idea to fund President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. Just make Joaqu'n Guzmán Loera, also known as "El
Chapo," pay for the wall. Cruz' Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act would
take money from Guzmán and use the funds for "border security assets" and the completion of a border wall. Cruz
reintroduced the bill Jan. 3.
El Chapo conviction, use seized $14 Billion to build border wall? Mexico's most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquin
"El Chapo" Guzman, will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury found him guilty on all 10 counts following a three
month trial. According to Breitbart, the United States has seized $14 billion from the former drug lord, which gave
Sen. Ted Cruz a brilliant idea. The Texas Republican introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to
Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act in April 2017, which calls for the use of the $14 billion seized from the cartel drug lord
to be used to pay for the wall.
Insert Language Allowing States and Municipalities to Veto Border Wall. The language of the bipartisan border
security funding legislation is still being written. Unfortunately, reports indicate Democrat language will be inserted
into the DHS funding bill that will allow any town, city, municipality, mayor, city manager or local council within any
border state to veto the construction of any structural border security wall or fence. This definitely sounds like an
approach the Lawfare group would be assisting with. Despite overwhelming support from the majority of Americans, the DC
Uniparty seems to consistently find a way to usurp national sovereignty.
the Left's Deception of Black Americans. Americans welcome immigrants who enter our country legally. The
border wall is to stop the invasion of illegals which includes sex traffickers, drug dealers and violent criminals.
Stats confirm that walls are effective. Hypocritically, Democrats who preach that building a wall to keep Americans
safe is racist and mean live in highly secured communities behind walls.
Cruz wants 'El Chapo' and drug lords to pay for border wall. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz thinks convicted Mexican
drug cartel Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán should finance President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall.
"America's justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts,"
Cruz tweeted Tuesday [2/12/2019] shortly before the Sinaloa cartel boss was convicted on drug trafficking, weapons violations
and money laundering charges in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, N.Y. "U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug
profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder."
Liberal Arguments against the Wall and How to Beat Them. [#3] The wall is immoral. Liberal argument:
Migration is a human right. People in poor countries are entitled to migrate to richer ones that offer more opportunity,
and it is only moral and fair that those richer countries let them. Only selfish racists would object to this.
Response: Having open borders or no borders is unsustainable and irresponsible. It is unsustainable because American
businesses and government cannot offer jobs and social services to every person who would come, particularly low-skilled workers who
consume more and produce less than average. Unregulated illegal immigration would quickly overwhelm the system and turn America
into a third-world country. Eliminating borders would also enable the villains who drive people north in the first place.
Latin American governments already do close to nothing for their people, and there would be little reason to change this.
of force': 100 vehicles line one mile of Texas border to deter caravan on other side. The Trump administration
has flooded the Texas border town that sits just over the river from the Mexican city where 1,800 caravan migrants arrived
earlier this week with hundreds of law enforcement personnel. More than 100 U.S. police vehicles lined a one-mile
stretch of the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, Texas, Saturday afternoon [2/9/2019]. Sixty sat together in one section
of the river on a local golf course. The massive "show of force" — as Border Patrol is calling it —
is meant to deter Central Americans from illegally entering the country, as large groups attempted in San Diego, Calif., last
November and again on New Year's Eve.
Police Form Wall of Vehicles to Help Border Patrol Stop Caravan Migrants. Police are lining up their vehicles
near Eagle Pass, Texas, to help Border Patrol agents stop the illegal crossing of caravan migrants who arrived in the Mexican
border town of Piedras Negras last week. Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed an additional Department of Public Safety
(DPS) troopers to the region to assist in securing the border section that has no physical barriers to prevent illegal crossings.
Store Sparks Outrage With Weekly Advert "Heaven Has A Wall... Hell Has Open Borders". A small grocery chain has
sparked outrage (among only progressives) with a message included in their weekly mailer. "Heaven has a wall, a gate
and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in."
Set to Offer Trump a Quarter of $5.7B for Border Wall. A Republican-Democrat House and Senate committee is planning to offer
President Trump a border security package that could include less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall he
originally requested. Capitol Hill sources tell the media that a conference committee of Republicans and Democrats is preparing to
unveil a border security funding plan that gives only about $1.3 to $2 billion to Trump for construction of his proposed wall
on the southern border to stop wage-crushing illegal immigration.
GOP won't block Trump if he declares an emergency to build the wall. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told
reporters Friday that GOP lawmakers would not vote to block President Trump from using a national emergency declaration to
divert federal funds for the construction of a southern border wall. "I don't think anyone questions his legal
authority to declare a national emergency," said McCarthy, R-Calif. Trump has threatened to issue an emergency
declaration if Congress does not agree to provide billions of dollars for the wall.
and other Democrats caving to border wall funding? On Wednesday [2/6/2019], House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the
press "there will not be another shutdown" over the proposed border wall. She also said she will fully support any
resolution that the bipartisan committee in charge of the negotiations come up with, even if it includes full wall
funding. Chances are strong that it will. Nancy says that as the negotiations continue, "left to their own
devices," an agreement will be reached as early as Friday. Democratic rep from N.Y. Nina Lowey, who leads the
conference committee, told reporters negotiations are happening and could be settled in enough time for the House and Senate
to vote on new appropriation bills before the February 15 deadline.
Commander! Start Commanding! The U.S. Navy Seabees and Army Corps of Engineers have built all kinds of
non-military infrastructure in, among other places, Djibouti, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh,
Somalia, the Congo, Cambodia and Grenada — even in little Micronesia (population: 100,000). [...] The U.S.
military does these things in other countries but, we're told, can't build a wall in our own. At this point, our only
hope may be for the border states to secede from the Union and form their own nation, so that we can send troops to build
them a wall. They could call their new country "YouMustGoBackistan." Democrats and the media (and 90 percent
of Republicans) believe the president has the authority to use the military to build walls, schools, hospitals and water
purification systems — anywhere but here.
prepares to start building portion of Texas border wall. The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction
of more border walls and fencing in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife
Can Get Trump's Border Wall Accomplished. Texas can make a border wall happen. Many worry that courts
will block President Donald Trump from building a border wall with funds reprogrammed from other projects under a declaration
of an emergency. However, Texas is in the more conservative Fifth Circuit, not the Ninth. As an attorney who
worked for Judicial Watch and more recently for Larry Klayman at Freedom Watch, this topic has prompted legal research by the
author. The border wall should be built exclusively in Texas at first, postponing California, Arizona, and New Mexico
until after the Texas border is secure. That will keep lawsuits in the Fifth Circuit and out of the Ninth. Texas
can make this happen.
Pelosi: Replacing "Normandy Barriers" with "Normandy Fencing" is OK — Not a Wall. House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi starts shifting the semantic granules to avoid a political loss. The financing for, and
construction of, a see-through fencing system (Trump's position) is the request of DHS and Border Patrol, and supported by
the vast majority of Americans. Today, Speaker Pelosi starts by claiming no wall will ever be permitted, then garbles
her way through a pretzel response by saying "Normandy Barriers" being replaced by "Normandy See-Through Fencing", is
ok. She's trying to avoid a political loss.
America: Celebrity Edition. President Donald Trump has often noted that America's rich and powerful
choose to live behind large walls for protection, much like the wall he is trying to build across the U.S.-Mexico
border. Nowhere has that thesis proven truer than in the posh neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Hollywood. The
homes of the rich and famous, peppered throughout the area, are often gated and feature high walls that protect the homes
from outsiders. But what about the viscerally anti-Trump celebrities that reside in Hollywood and hate the idea of
Trump's border wall? Do these moguls, sports and film celebrities really live behind walls?
simple, constitutional way for Trump to build a border wall right now. Since the government reopened, the
Democrats have sent unmistakably clear signals that they have absolutely no interest in building a border wall, fence,
barrier, or anything else. President Trump is left with virtually no option other than to immediately use his authority
under Title 10 of the United States Code. I urge him to declare that our unfenced areas of the southern border are
active drug trafficking corridors, which will allow him to use available funds to build walls, fences, roads, lights,
detention facilities, and other necessary infrastructure.
Trump can build wall without declaring emergency. Unable to nudge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., any
closer to approving funding for a border wall, President Trump can move on his own without declaring a national emergency,
according to a nonpartisan congressional report. The Congressional Research Service, Capitol Hill's think tank, is
highlighting laws for Trump to tap that would not be subject to Congress' "termination provison." The CRS "legal
sidebar" outlines alternative paths for the president, who has been considering tapping the National Emergencies Act.
Patrol Wife Invites Speaker Pelosi to See Why Walls Are Needed. The wife of a Texas-based Border Patrol agent
invited Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit the border to see for herself why walls are needed. "We would like to show you
around! You don't need to bring any security detail. Our husbands/significant others are actually very good at
their jobs, thank goodness!" Jill Demanski, the wife of a Texas-based Border Patrol agent wrote in a letter to Speaker
Pelosi. She told Fox News she wrote the letter because she felt Pelosi needs to see this area of the border in person
in order to make an informed decision about border security funding.
Pundits Get Wrong About The Border Security Fight. It is absolutely true that the shutdown ended without Trump
being able to deliver increased border security. The failure to end the shutdown with increased border security is a
victory for Pelosi, who said she'd refuse to even think about the topic until the government was re-opened. She won
that standoff. It is also true that the government is only re-opening for three weeks. This is not necessarily a
permanent failure to secure the border. All will depend on what the White House, Pelosi, and Senate Republicans do in
the interim. But here there is also reason for concern from those who support borders, rule of law, and national
sovereignty. The White House had lost the high ground in the battle when it started throwing the kitchen sink at
Democrats in a bid to get a deal, offering up valuable reprieves on amnesty for younger aliens and Central American programs
in exchange for a deal they didn't get.
Course a Wall Would Work. [Scroll down] Israel had little to no problem with terrorists coming from
Egypt. The problem there was the same as here; illegal immigration. Between 2010 and 2012, 55,000 illegal
immigrants entered Israel, but after the 143-mile wall was built, illegal immigration was cut by 99 percent. Even
the left-leaning PolitiFact acknowledged this. A border wall also worked in Hungary and cut illegal immigration down by
99 percent. The Harvard International Review further found that Egypt's border wall with Gaza and Spain's
fence in Morocco have been successful. Indeed, if a wall is a "monument to racism," the rest of the world has a lot
to answer for. USA Today points out that "there are at least 77 walls or fences around the world."
House drafting emergency declaration to fund border wall: report. The White House is drafting an emergency
declaration to begin construction on a wall along the southern border and has already earmarked over $7 billion in funding,
a report said Thursday [1/24/2019]. "The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a
direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency," says a draft of the declaration,
which was obtained by CNN. Trump has repeatedly raised the specter of invoking a national emergency to circumvent the
congressional logjam that has been the partial federal shutdown, now in its 34th day.
Trump Can Fund the Border Wall with Unobligated Balances. To his great credit, President Trump has remained
steadfast in his determination to build a border partition on the southern border. Such border partitions have proven
to be effective. In San Diego, a border partition lowered apprehensions by 95%, while in El Paso, the number decreased
by 89%. President Trump has correctly claimed that Israel's southern border wall is 99.9% successful. According to a
report released by Senator Ron Johnson, Israel's southern border fence was central to a decline of 99.9% of illegal border
crossings, with over 16,000 crossings in 2011 down to fewer than 20 in 2016. Israel's security partition running near the
Green Line has also proven extremely effective in an exceptional decline in terrorist attacks. Since completion of the
partition in El Paso, they have seen a significant decrease in drug-smuggling and other crimes.
Sanders: Border security with no wall is like flying a plane with one wing. White House press secretary
Sarah Sanders compared proposals for border security that don't include President Trump's wall to flying on a plane with only
one wing. "I'd never want to get on an airplane with only one wing," Sanders said in an interview on CNN when asked if
Trump would accept a bill that provided billions for border security without the physical barrier. "The president wants
to make sure we're actually securing the border in a totality, not just with one wing," she said. "You need two wings.
Which means You have to have a wall. You have to have technology. You have to have all of the things that the
president has put forward in his proposal."
announces that Trump is preparing a national emergency declaration and has identified $7 billion to use for border
wall. [Scroll down] This has the ring of truth. It would be shocking if it were not true, actually,
since contingencies must be planned for in advance, even unlikely ones. The only question I have is, who leaked the
confidential documents? It might well be a Deep State saboteur on the White House staff, but my guess is that this is a
deliberate leak, intended to remind the Democrats that they can get nothing in return for a border wall, or they can get
something, in the form of a three-year DACA extension. Psy ops, in other words.
In apparent shot at Trump,
Pope says 'builders of walls' sow fear and divide. Pope Francis has taken another shot at wall-building
politicians, telling thousands of Catholics in Panama gathered for World Youth Day that "builders of walls sow fear" and
"divide people." "We know that the father of lies, the devil, prefers a community divided and bickering," Francis
told a crowd of tens of thousands of youth Thursday night [1/24/2019] at a seaside park in Panama City.
The Editor says...
Yes, walls separate people. In most cases, they separate good people from bad people.
Perhaps the Pope should read the Bible.
God Told Nehemiah
To Build a Wall. After the Babylonian Captivity, a remnant of Jews returned to Jerusalem. They had
rebuilt their temple and now needed a wall for protection. God told Nehemiah, who was neither a priest nor politician,
but a builder, to rebuild the broken walls around Jerusalem. The destruction and deterioration of Jerusalem's wall
exposed its people to harm and was a source of disgrace. A new wall would be a warning to Israel's enemies. It
would provide protection and dignity to a people that suffered the judgment of God but had later been restored. A
broken wall left its people defenseless. It would allow enemies to enter and cause "great trouble" to its people.
Rebuilding the wall showed God's blessing in that he wanted them protected.
House Democrat Breaks From Pelosi; Supports Border Wall Because It "Protects People." As reported by D.C.
Whispers days earlier, more and more Democrats are upset over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "NO DEAL" stance when it comes to
sitting down with President Trump and forging a workable compromise that improves border security and ends the ongoing
partial government shutdown. Apparently, some internal polling has recently been completed by the DNC and it's not
looking good for Democrats as more and more voters see them as the party of no solutions.
Walls are Immoral'.
When Nancy Pelosi intoned that "walls are immoral," she was not basing this contention on an analysis of moral permissibility.
[...] [I]t is easy to see that it's perfectly okay to install a physical barrier for purposes of preventing unauthorized or
illegal entry, which is why such are installed. This can be a door with a lock or a gated fence around a property.
Try getting homeowners' insurance without a front door. Does Nancy Pelosi's house have a front door?
Democratic Party is extinct but for illegal immigration. Even Sun Tzu wrote about the exhaustion of trying to
overcome walls: ["]Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans; the next best is to prevent the
junction of the enemy's forces; the next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field; and the worst policy of all is
to besiege walled cities.["] They should be avoided at all cost. [...] Laying siege to walled cities is costly.
And while natural barriers like rivers, cliffs, and mountains are good, well constructed ramparts are nearly impossible to
America. Walls, Nancy Pelosi tells us, are immoral. Also, they don't work. Which ostensibly is why
the Democrats have gone to the mat over Southern border security. Of course, the idea that walls "don't work" flies in
the face of common sense and experience. So the Daily Caller has initiated a "Walls Across America" project.
Caller reporter Benny Johnson goes from place to place, pointing out that when leftists want to protect themselves, their
families and their property, what do they use? Walls. Johnson first tried to check President Trump's statement
that Barack Obama's house is protected by a 10-foot wall. He found that Obama's security is so tight that he couldn't
get anywhere near the house to measure the height of the wall. His next stop was George Soros's estate in the Hamptons.
Guess what — along with other security precautions, Soros's property is protected by a nine-foot-high wall.
refuse to compromise on border wall funding to end the shutdown. The facts speak for themselves. Over the
past three months, an average of 2,000 illegal and inadmissible migrants have arrived at our southern border every day.
Today, the majority of illegal immigrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection are families and children. Last
month, CBP apprehended nearly 40 percent more unaccompanied children and groups claiming to be families than in May 2014,
which President Barack Obama described as a "humanitarian crisis."
need to build the border wall to stop the migrant caravans. I've changed my mind about building a wall along
the Mexican border. Build it! [...] Building a wall just for a relative trickle of immigrants who've been crossing the
border for decades would have been expensive overkill at a time when the US should have been watching its spending.
There must be more cost-effective, high-tech ways to catch small groups of illegal intruders. Now that "caravans" —
the generally accepted word, not mine — are trying to enter the US from the south, the wall makes a whole lot more
sense. In fact, Trump couldn't have asked for a better excuse for his beloved barricade. In the past there have been
"caravans" of sorts coming into the US, only those were ships. The immigrants coming from Europe in droves came by floating
caravans. But the difference was that they arrived here, were screened and allowed to stay if they were deemed not to become
a burden on the social services system.
begins. On Saturday, I informed readers that "The opposition is about to crumble" on expanding the wall along
our southern border. That post cited MSNBC imbecile Donny Deutsch, but an earlier post cited Democrat Congresswoman
Katie Hill doing a 180 on the wall. To the consternation of the complacent press, a dozen or so Democrats already are
tired of the shutdown. Breitbart News counted as capitulating Democrat Congressmen Colin Allred, Ami Bera, Cheri
Bustos, Katherine Clark, Jared Golden, Jeff Van Drew, Lucy McBath, Elissa Slotkin, Max Rose, Abigail Spanberger, and Anthony
Brindisi. Add Hill and that's 12 Democrat wall supporters.
Democrats Turn on Pelosi Over Border Wall, Seek Deal with Trump. Several freshman Democrat members of the new
House of Representatives majority have turned on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her steadfast refusal to fund President Donald
Trump's planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and are instead seeking for Democrats to cut a deal on the wall with
Trump. The ongoing partial government shutdown, which affects a quarter of the federal government and is now the
longest shutdown in the history of the United States, began late last year just before Christmas. It dragged through
New Years into the new Congress, and Pelosi — after she won the Speakership vote after fending off internal
Democrat rebels — has refused to negotiate with President Trump on the wall. She and Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer say Trump will never get funding for the wall, and they are keeping the government shut down because they
refuse to pass any funding bill that has wall money in it.
From Vatican Walls to Obama's Fence, 20 Barriers Around the World. As President Trump requests full funding for
a border wall along the United States-Mexico border, elected Democrats continue to claim that walls are "immoral" and
"racist." [...] Israel has had one of the most effective border fences and walls in the world, decreasing illegal immigration
to the country by 100 percent after it was constructed and built. [...] Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, holds some of the most brutal
suspected and convicted terrorists in the world. The facility is surrounded, as shown in photos, by not only 24-hour
security guards, but also a number of barbed wire fences.
Worst Case: If the Border Barrier Stops
Only 14% Of Illegals, It'll Still Pay For Itself. As President Donald Trump has warned, the cost of illegal
immigrants on the U.S. is severe and presents a clear and present danger to our country. Now, a new report finds that
illegal aliens cost us all $113 billion a year. But making the Democrats' obstruction of a border barrier even more
absurd is that best case estimates show that if a wall/fence stops 3-4% of illegal traffic into the U.S., the wall will pay
for itself. The worst-case estimate is that if it stops12-14% of illegal aliens the border barrier will pay for itself.
the Math: Trump's Wall Is $25 Billion, Illegals Cost $165 Billion. Illegal aliens cost American citizens
more in three months than the wall will cost to build in its entirety. What's more, the available evidence suggests
that walls are fantastically effective at arresting migrant flows. [...] Illegal aliens cause economic harm to Americans
because they consume far more in government services than they contribute in taxes. We make: they take. According
to a 2017 report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), illegal aliens and their children cost American
taxpayers $135 billion annually — $8,075 per alien per year. These costs are partially offset by taxes
collected from illegal aliens, which total around $19 billion. Thus, the net cost of illegal immigrants to American
taxpayers is $116 billion annually. The report also details how those billions are spent. Unsurprisingly, state
and local governments bear the majority (two-thirds) of the costs, spending $88 billion annually. The federal
government has it relatively easy, spending just $45 billion. This is ironic, given that the federal government created
who killed Bush's 'virtual fence' now back 'technological wall' at border. The Obama administration in 2011
pulled the plug on the Bush-era Secure Border Initiative Network, or SBINet, which was envisioned as an integrated system of
radar, sensors and video cameras along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats at the time cheered the decision to
cancel the contract with Boeing for the long-troubled program. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat
who was the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, called SBINet a "grave and expensive disappointment" for
squandering a little more than $1 billion to achieve just 53 miles of coverage on the border in Arizona.
Mr. Thompson, who now chairs the committee, said last week that he is ready to try again rather than spend on
Mr. Trump's corrugated steel fence.
Police Halt Human Smugglers' Attempts to Cut Border Fence in California. Two human smuggling attempts were
thwarted by Border Patrol and Mexican police after they observed groups of migrants attempting to cross into the United
States from Baja California by cutting holes in a border fence. Border Patrol Agents observed groups of migrants
attempting to cut through fenced barriers separating Calexico and Tecate, California, earlier this week, according to local
is right: Walls work on the southern border. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority
Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) contend the crisis on the U.S. southern border is manufactured. Yet, The Washington Post,
no friend to the Trump Administration, disagrees. According to the Post, the situation on the southern border is indeed
"a bona fide emergency." Record numbers of migrant families are coming to the United States, the U.S. immigration courts
have a backlog in excess of 800,000 cases and the holding cells and detention centers are at overflow capacity.
Wall Construction Continues. With massive amounts of misinformation surrounding the southern border and the
need for a border security wall, the following video has been produced. Pushing back against intentional media
disinformation is something critical to supporting President Trump.
Has the Democrats Cornered. No sooner had the Democrats taken back the majority in the House of Representatives
than they proved their harshest critics correct — the party no longer concerns itself with the interests of the
American people. And by refusing to provide a dime for a physical barrier on our border, they did it in the starkest
terms possible. Led by far-left Nancy Pelosi, who held off a challenge to her leadership from the even farther left,
the House Democrats promptly put themselves in the position of being seen taking the side of foreigners entering the country
illegally over the security and economic prosperity of American citizens. They reduced themselves to the absurd
position that "walls don't work."
Build 2 Border Walls By Just By Eliminating 'Improper Payments,' Audit Shows. Trump's $5.7 billion would fund
234 miles of border. Eliminating just half of the government's "improper payments" would provide enough money to build
a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, with $21 billion left over. The GAO has also found "tens of
billions of dollars" in savings simply by reducing overlapping and duplicative federal programs. For example, the
federal government spends almost $3 billion on 163 separate STEM education programs across 13 agencies.
"Nearly all of these programs overlapped with at least one other program," the GAO found. Citizens Against Government
Waste has identified 636 examples of wasteful government spending that, if eliminated, would save $430 billion in the
first year alone.
Dem Talking Point: Wall Is *Luxury* We Can't Afford. It's so hard to keep up with the Dems: from "illegal
immigration is wrong," to "they aren't illegal, just undocumented," to "there's a crisis at the border" to "the so-called crisis is
a manufactured one," to "border walls are ineffective," to "border walls are immoral," and now this, from Pelosi: [Video clip]
Patrol Official in South Texas: 96% of Our Migrant Traffic Occurs Where There's No Fencing. Acting Chief of the
Rio Grande Valley Sector Raul Ortiz, who met with President Trump Thursday, told [Pete] Hegseth that his agents patrol a
western and eastern corridor in South Texas. Ortiz said the western side accounts for 96 percent of foot traffic, since
there is no fencing. On the eastern side, fencing exists and only 4 percent of traffic occurs there, he explained.
Ortiz said the eastern side was the busiest area in the country for illegal crossings in the 1990s, before fencing was added.
agents: Steel fence not impenetrable but still needed. The steel bollard border fence President Trump is
now talking about building is not impenetrable, but it is the best design available and will slow down immigrants who are
trying to cross the border illegally, border agents say. It gives agents visibility into Mexico, meaning they have more
of a chance of chasing off people attempting to cut through the fence. And it was tougher to breach than other fencing,
according to Chris Judd, who was part of the Border Patrol's last big round of fence-building a decade ago.
Acosta Confirms Walled Part of the Border Is Crisis-Free. CNN reporter Jim Acosta confirmed no crisis existed
along a walled portion of the U.S.-Mexico border during a visit Thursday [1/10/2019]. In a video shared to Twitter, Acosta
pointed to "some of the steel slats that the president's been talking about." Walking along the border in McAllen, Texas,
Acosta noted that the president has warned of a national emergency at the unwalled portion of the southern border. Acosta
observed that this emergency did not exist along the portion of the border that had already been secured with steel slats.
"As we're walking along here we're not saying any kind of imminent danger," he remarked, patting the border barrier with his hand
as he filmed himself. "There are no migrants trying to rush towards this fence."
of sawing through the wall. NBC reporters showed they know as much about saws as they do AR-15s. The
network reported, "President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he
described as 'absolutely critical to border security' in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday. But Department
of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by
DHS. I seriously doubt Homeland Security said they sawed through the steel.
DOD IG Reveals
The Pentagon Let $27.7 Billion 'Expire' As Trump Seeks $5.7 Billion In Border Wall Funding. The Defense Department
has relinquished over $27 billion to the U.S. Treasury since 2013 simply because it couldn't spend the money quick enough,
according to a DOD Inspector General report released Tuesday [1/8/2019]. The DOD was required to fork over the "expired
funds" because the Pentagon failed to spend it "within the legal timeframes," according to the report. The revelation
comes as President Donald Trump is considering declaring a state of emergency that would allow him to bypass Congress and
leverage unobligated military funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Diego-Based KUSI: CNN Disinvited Our Journalist Because We Reported Border Wall 'Does Work'. KUSI News, a
television news outlet based in San Diego, California, said Thursday [1/10/2019] that CNN invited — and
subsequently rescinded the invitation — for it to provide a reporter to give "a local view of the debate
surrounding the border wall and government shutdown."
rejects local San Diego report on border wall because it doesn't support its 'narrative'. CNN is "news,
corrupted." Seriously, the people over there are rejecting actual news because it doesn't support their manufactured
"narrative," turning down a report they themselves commissioned from local station KUSI because they didn't like the
facts-on-the-ground the report contained — or, more likely, the bigger fact on the ground that the local report
supports the stance of a president who says and shows by numbers that there really is a crisis at our border.
Accidentally Proves Why Walls and Fences Work. In the 1980s, illegal border crossings plagued the San Diego
sector of the U.S.-Mexico border. The Border Patrol reached its breaking point in 1986, when agents caught more than
600,000 illegal border crossers. At the time, this accounted for approximately one-third of all apprehensions along the
southern border. Crime was also a serious problem. The San Diego Police Department logged more than 100,000
crimes committed in 1989. In 1991, the government began construction of a 46-mile-long wall, now referred to as the
"primary fence." This fence stands between 8 and 10 feet tall. It was tall enough to stop vehicle traffic, but
could be easily breached by ladders and fence jumpers. In 1997, officials began building what's known as the "secondary fence,"
which runs 13 miles long and stands at 14 to 18 feet tall. This was meant to stop the illegal flow of foot
traffic. Today, the San Diego sector accounts for only a small fraction of border apprehensions each year. According
to the Department of Homeland Security, illegal crossings have decreased in the region by more than 90 percent since the
walls and fences were built.
Can Fund the World, but Not the Wall. The 2019 federal budget requests nearly $27 billion in foreign aid for economic development,
health, humanitarian assistance, peace and security, and other objectives. This is over half the cost of securing "[t]he entire international
land and maritime borders of the United States" something Democrats were keen about in 2006. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 budgeted $50 billion
over 25 years to control America's borders. Unfortunately, Congress appropriated only $1.4 billion and forgot about the rest.
The foreign aid request above was for one single year. Two years of the foreign aid budget spent instead on U.S. border security would create
the type of physical borders so common in the countries we are generously supporting.
Jim Acosta Makes Case for Wall: No Emergency Where There's a Wall. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta appeared
to inadvertently make the case on Thursday for a steel version of President Donald Trump's border wall. "I found some steel slats down
on the border," Acosta tweeted. "But I don't see anything resembling a national emergency situation[,] at least not in the McAllen
TX area of the border where Trump will be today[.]"
Funded a 287 Mile Wall in Jordan — Last Year! But Won't Fund Border Wall in US! Nancy Pelosi
argued this week that "walls are immoral." Chuck Schumer called President Trump's stand against open borders a
"manufactured crisis!" But less than one year ago Pelosi and Schumer approved funding on a 287 mile long border
wall — in Jordan!
to budge on border wall shows Dems still hung up on 2016. After watching the dueling prime-time speeches last
night, it was easy to come away with the idea that the dispute is simply over the president's demand for wall funding and the
partial government shutdown. As such, it should be easy for the president and Dems to cut a split-the-difference deal
and move on to the next problem. After all, isn't that why they were hired? If only things were as simple as they
appear. In fact, the Democrats' refusal even to consider any kind of border barrier and other serious measures
illustrates that the dispute is merely a proxy for the real issue dividing the nation: 2016.
7 Democrats Who Once Endorsed Border Fence, Tougher Border Security. [#1] Barack Obama: "The bill before us will
certainly do some good," said then-Senator Obama in 2006, adding that the Secure Fence Act would provide "better fences and better
security" and that it would make headway against "the tide of illegal immigration in this country." "Real reform means stronger
border security," said Obama several years later as president, during his 2013 State Of The Union. "Independent economists say
immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost one trillion dollars in the next two decades," said
Obama during his 2014 State Of The Union, bringing up his alleged concern about stopping illegal immigration once again.
Time to Listen to Law Enforcement About the Border, Not Politicians. Talk to a Border Patrol agent, sheriff
deputy or police officer in a border county and you will get the truth about the need for a wall. This week President
Trump appeared with National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd at the White House press briefing room. Judd
spoke about the effectiveness of a wall and the need for it and has experience on the border making him a valid voice of
reason. Judd spoke with the men and women who patrol the southern border. He has been told how a wall would help
prevent thousands of illegal crossings annually. Illegal aliens would not have free reign to cross as easily,
preventing and deterring unlawful entry. Leon Wilmont is sheriff in Yuma County, Arizona. He said that he cannot
speak for others, but in his experience walls work in curbing illegal immigration.
3 Claims From Trump's Oval Office Address. Claim 3: "Senator Chuck Schumer ... has repeatedly supported a
physical barrier in the past." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has supported a physical barrier along the southern
border in the past, specifically a fence. In 2006, Schumer supported the Secure Fence Act. He also sponsored a
2013 comprehensive immigration bill that included $8 billion to repair and erect fencing along the border. The Secure
Fence Act authorized the construction of hundreds of miles of fencing and paved the way for more vehicle checkpoints and
barriers. The act passed the Senate on a 80-19 vote and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in October
Schumer and Pelosi are 'pathological liars,' 'never forced to explain their flip-flop' on the wall. LevinTV
host Mark Levin blasted Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi as "pathological liars" Tuesday night [1/8/2019] on "Hannity,"
reacting to President Trump's Oval Office address on border security and the Democratic response. Levin said Trump's
speech was "outstanding" and hammered the Democrats for their duplicitous flip-flop on support for physical barriers on the
southern border. "First of all, the president gave an outstanding speech. It was concise. It was
compassionate — and truly compassionate. He provided the context, both in terms of what's going on in the
border, the expense, which is de minimis, and who is really responsible. Now, let's keep a few things in mind when
you watch Schumer and Pelosi: They are pathological liars. They've been in Congress over half a century. What
[...] have they done about the border? Nothing. [...]"
Norris Supports Cruz's El Chapo Legislation. Chuck Norris knows how the U.S.-Mexico border wall can be funded without spending
a single taxpayer dollar: use money from Mexico's most notorious drug lord, El Chapo. To be fair, Sen. Ted Cruz deserves
full credit for the idea, but Norris is throwing his full support behind it and is drawing attention to the important legislation the Texas
Republican reintroduced last week.
Great Wall of America Will Break the Democrats. The wall is deserving of proper name capitalization. The
Democrats know that The Wall will achieve its intent of deterring and preventing mass illegal immigration, which has
resulted in an illegal alien population that the federal government has no true, accurate count of. The Wall will
be the physical affirmation of our historic, theory of black swan, glass-ceiling shattering 2016 win over Empress
Clinton. Tax reform and withdrawals from bogus deals with Iran and climate change globalist welfare treaties aren't
palpable; I can't take a selfie in front of the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. [...] The Wall, though? That proposed
happy marriage of steel, spikes, and concrete? Oh, it will be glorious.
Graham on Border Wall: We're not going to give in to this radical left, ever. Sunday, Sen. Lindsey
Graham joined Face the Nation where he minced no words about the border wall funding standoff. The president will
compromise, but he will not capitulate, Graham said. When he was asked about re-opening the government for the benefit
of the federal workers currently working unpaid, Graham said, Why would you negotiate with somebody who calls you a racist if
you want a wall, who gives you a dollar for a wall, when the Democratic Party supported $25 billion in the past? We're
not going to negotiate with people who see the world this way. He continued, We'll negotiate with Dick Durban, but I'm
not gonna negotiate with someone who calls the border patrol agents a bunch of Nazis when they're trying to defend the border
against a mob.
House Armed Services Chair: Trump Has the Authority to Use the Military to Build His Wall. Sunday on
ABC's "This Week," House Armed Service Committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) said President Donald Trump does have
the authority to declare a national emergency and have the military build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Host George
Stephanopoulos asked, "Does President Trump have the ability, have the authority to declare a national emergency and have the
military build his wall?" Smith said, "Well, unfortunately, the short answer is yes. [...]"
the wall — Democrats now hate the border itself. It's a wonder that Democrats haven't staked out a
negotiating position demanding the destruction of already-existing barriers along the US-Mexico border. Their
opposition to President Trump's border wall — or, more properly, his so-called wall — is now so total
as to be nearly indistinguishable from opposition to any serious infrastructure at the border at all.
Democrats Should Look Into the Vatican if They Think Walls are 'Immoral'. Speaking to reporters from the White
House, the president criticized congressional Dems for obstructing funding required to build a wall along the United States
Southern Border. Trump specifically targetted the Democratic talking point that a wall along the border is "immoral."
President Trump highlighted the wall that surrounds the city-state, and headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, Vatican City
in Italy, noting it "has the biggest wall of them all."
Proposes 'Slightly Larger' Obama 'Mansion' Wall for U.S. President Donald Trump pointed to a 10-foot security
wall around the Obama's "mansion/compound" as he called for a wall along the U.S. border Sunday [12/30/2018]. "President
and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound," Trump wrote. "I agree, totally
necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!"
A plague on the nation. These people, these Democrats in Congress, are among the most privileged persons on the
planet. They have enjoyed, more than most, the blessings bequeathed by the Founders, the authors of the Constitution.
Yet they are determined, like Obama, to transform us into something this nation was never meant to be: a land without
borders. While all of them are on record supporting a border wall in the past, now that Donald Trump is president, they all
oppose it with every fiber of their being. They know that it will work, and they cannot abide Trump having a win.
Hate the Wall because Trump Loves It. "The Democrats don't want to let us have strong borders — only
for one reason. You know why? Because I want it," said President Donald J. Trump Wednesday [12/26/2018], to the
laughter of U.S. troops at Iraq's Al Asad Air Base. "But you gave me an idea, just looking at this warrior group.
I think I'll say, 'I don't want the wall.' And then they're going to give it to me." President Trump is on to
something. Democrats seem determined to stop his plans for a southern-border wall as revenge for beating Hillary
Clinton. They hate Trump's guts more than they love America.
Threatens to Close the Southern Border If Wall Isn't Built. President Trump threatened to close the southern
border if Democrats continue obstructing border wall funding. In a series of tweets Friday morning, Trump argued that
doing so would be a "profit making operation" given the vast amount of money the U.S. is losing on trade with Mexico.
"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish
the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a
Congress & President who would approve!" he said.
Introduced Bill Requiring Mexico To Pay For The Wall, And No One Seems To Have Noticed. Democratic Rep. Sheila
Jackson Lee of Texas introduced legislation forbidding construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — unless Mexico
pays for it. Lee introduced the Protect American Taxpayers and Secure Border Act into the House on Dec. 19, which
would "prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to build a wall between Mexico and the United States," and further require that any
barrier constructed on the southern border "be paid for using funds provided by the Government of Mexico." She referred the
bill to the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Homeland Security, and already has four co-sponsors:
Democratic Reps. Karen Bass of California, Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Joaquin Castro of Texas and Yvette Clarke of New York.
The Editor says...
Obviously a ruse. On the surface, it appears the Democrats have no objections to the wall itself — just
the expense of building it. When have the Democrats ever objected to spending money?
Jackson-Lee Quietly Introduces Bill To Block Taxpayer Money From Building The Wall. Democrat congresswoman
Sheila Jackson-Lee quietly introduced a bill called the "Protect American Taxpayers and Secure Border Act." The bill,
with a title that means the exact opposite of what it proposes, was introduced on December 19 and now sits in the House
Judiciary and Homeland Security committees.
Five Dumb Arguments Against
'the Wall'. [The Berlin Wall] was built to keep people trapped in East Germany. It was erected by the
leaders of that communist hellhole to halt the flow of its best educated and most productive citizens to the free market
economy of democratically governed West Germany. The "big, fat, beautiful wall" the President wants to build along the
southern border of the United States will be designed to stop uneducated and unskilled immigrants — many of whom
are also infected with communicable diseases — from entering our country illegally.
Democrats embraced the 'Southern Border Fencing Strategy'. In 2006 Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, which
mandated the construction of multilayer pedestrian fencing along about 600 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. It passed
with big, bipartisan majorities: 283 votes in the House and 80 in the Senate. Some top Democrats who are still
in the Senate today supported the fence: Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Ron Wyden, Debbie Stabenow, and Sherrod Brown.
Just the next year, Congress made clear it didn't really mean what it said. The new law was amended to make fence building
optional. In 2013, Congress got back into the fence game.
cost of the wall is nothing compared to the yearly cost of illegal immigration. Would you let criminals take
your home and hurt your family, or would you pay for a front door that locks? It typically costs roughly $1,500-$2,000
to purchase and install a no-frills exterior door on your home. Not cheap at all. But would you agonize over the
cost for a minute when the entire cost and safety of your whole home and its occupants are on the line, especially when
dangerous criminals, burglars, and murderers are specifically targeting your neighborhood for infiltration? Well, elected
officials are like the head of this household, America is our house, and our southern border is our exterior front door.
What Happened To The Fence Promised By The
Secure Fence Act Of 2006? The Secure Fence Act was introduced on Sept. 13, 2006, by Rep Peter King (R-NY) and
passed Congress on a bi-partisan basis. In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283-138 on September 14,
2006. On September 29, 2006, the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80-19. Out of the eighty senators in total who
voted in favor of the secure fence act, twenty-six (out of the forty-four) Democrats voted in favor of the bill (one, Ted Kennedy
did not vote). [...] But why wasn't the fence built before Trump became President? It was supposed to be done by now.
walls only work if illegal immigration is illegal. A border wall can stop a physical invasion, but it can't
stop an invasion of 1,000 lawsuits. Unless we stop the bogus asylum policies and end all cross-border migration in a
legal sense, no amount of border security or infrastructure will help.
Protect Our Nation. Build
the Wall. The wall is about protecting our nation and making sure it continues, strong and free, so that the
distressed of the world can continue to see America as a light, a refuge and a bastion of the world's greatest ideals.
It just so happens there are those around the world who are not huddled masses, but terrorists, drug dealers and others who
want to undermine our national safety and integrity.
the Wall. More voters name illegal immigration as the most urgent problem for Congress to fix than any other
issue, according to the latest Rasmussen national survey. A staggering 21 percent of those polled say they'd contribute
their own money to build a wall if Congress refuses. No wonder the dollars are pouring in. The GoFundMe campaign
raised a staggering $16 million by Sunday [12/23/2018], the third-largest haul in history. It was launched by Air Force
vet Brian Kolfage, who lost three limbs in combat in Iraq and received a Purple Heart.
Says Contract Awarded to Build 115 Miles of Border Wall in Texas. President Donald Trump claims he has awarded
a contract to construct 115 miles of border wall in Texas as a partial government shutdown over the U.S.-Mexico border wall
extends into Christmas Eve. "I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115-mile long contract for another large section
of the Wall in Texas," President Trump tweeted. "We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some
complete. Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!"
spend more in food stamps in ONE month than POTUS wants for entire YEAR of wall funding. Now that Democrats
have allowed part of the government to be shut down because they refuse to protect our country and give POTUS Donald Trump
his $5 billion border wall budget request, it's time to put some things in perspective. Like the amount of money at
play here. And Democrats' true motivations. First the money. Democrats and Leftist talking heads have
complained that the $5 billion POTUS Donald Trump wants in fiscal year 2019 funding for his promised border wall is
excessively expensive, but a new analysis finds that this argument to be, well, asinine. The federal government spends
more on the food stamp program in a single month than the president's entire FY '19 border wall budget request,
CNS News' Craig Bannister noted on Friday [12/21/2018].
welfare to illegal aliens would pay for Trump's wall. Mexico won't have to pay for the wall, after all.
US taxpayers won't have to pick up the tab, either. The controversial barrier, rather, will cover its own cost just by
closing the border to illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole. That's the finding of recent immigration
studies showing the $18 billion wall President Trump plans to build along the southern border will pay for itself by curbing
the importation of not only crime and drugs, but poverty. "The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly
reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling," Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration
Studies, told The [New York] Post.
the Wall "Old School" — Replace War Bonds w/ "Wall Bonds". There's been a big D.C. dust-up over
securing $5 billion to partially fund building a wall along vulnerable sections of our southern border. Included
in the many conversations are ideas outlining how private citizens might be able to offer money through online efforts.
However well-intentioned, that suggestion along with other similar ideas is likely way too problematic. So why not try
applying a variation of a government fundraising program that has enjoyed stunning successes in the past? Replace the
sale of War Bonds with the selling of "Wall Bonds".
Oh: Funds Raised From The Border Wall GoFundMe Account May Have To Be Returned. House Resolution 7207 was
introduced as a way of addressing the issues surrounding the government receiving donations for the border wall. If the
House can pass the bill before the Democrats take control before the beginning of the year, H.R. 2707 would establish the
"Border Wall Trust Fund" and allow the government to receive funds for the earmarked project. If passed, the Secretary
of the Treasury would have 60 days to establish the account. A website would have to be established so people could
donate directly to the cause online.
Hides a 'Pot of Money:' Fines on Illegal Aliens, Remittance Tax. While President Trump looks to minimal sources to continue
funding more United States-Mexico border construction projects — mainly bollard-style fencing — Congress is hiding
some of the most commonly proposed sources of money. On Tuesday [12/18/2018], White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
said the administration was looking to "specific pots of money" to fund the bollard fencing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
has been constructing in San Diego, California; Calexico, California; El Paso, Texas; and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
Cruz Is Right: Make El Chapo Pay for the Wall. It would be poetic justice, is deliciously named, and
wouldn't cost the taxpayers a dime. It doesn't make Mexico pay for the wall, just one particular Mexican who has done
great injury to the people of the United States and who is responsible for a major part of drugs flooding into the United
States. It is legislation introduced by Sen.Ted Cruz of Texas last year — the Ensuring Lawful Collection of
Hidden Assets to Provide Order (E.L.C.H.A.P.O.) Act which would use fund confiscated from drug dealers like El Chapo and
traffickers to pay for border security.
need Trump's border wall plus other measures to reduce illegal immigration. Congressional Democrats have made
it clear that they will oppose President Trump's common[ ]sense request for $5 billion to expand fencing and begin
work on a wall along our southern border. But the fight over the wall is just a small skirmish in a war to decide the
future of our country and whether we can control our own borders. Neither President Trump nor the Democrats created the
migrant caravans currently camped to our south. The caravans were organized and launched outside of the U.S. with the
intent of demonstrating that large groups of immigrants can breech our borders illegally and with impunity — an
outcome that will only encourage more illegal immigration.
Is Building Its Wall — and the U.S. Is Paying for It. he Trump administration is committing billions
of dollars to help Mexico engage in "institutional reform" to help stanch the flow of illegal immigrants from Central America
into Mexico. Mexican interior secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero tells the Associated Press that Mexico is sealing off its
southern border, and that the laxity that invited the flood of illegal immigrants from Central America that crossed into
Mexico in October "is no longer an issue." Apparently, all that was required was the fiat of Mexico's new president,
Andrés Manuel López-Obrador. The $5.8 billion the Trump administration is promising to put up dwarfs
the $20 million sweetener the United States offered Mexico back in September to step up its immigration enforcement.
Jim Jordan Thanks Brian Kolfage: Your Border Wall GoFundMe Page Had "Tremendous Impact" On House Vote.
Florida-based triple amputee veteran Brian Kolfage created a GoFundMe push to fund President Trump's border wall through
donations from the public. Not only has the campaign been a huge success with fundraising, according to
Congressman Jim Jordan, the border wall GoFundMe had a tremendous impact on Congress Thursday night [12/20/2018].
just declared "the United States Military will build the Wall! Trump is tweeting this morning [12/19/2018] about several
things, including getting funding for the wall. This comes after Trump backed down on his threat to close the government over
border wall funding.
Why We're Divided.
Senator Schumer has rejected the President's request for funding a border wall, even withdrawing an earlier offer of
$1.6 billion. As I write, Congress is working on a stop-gap measure to avoid a shutdown but with no funding for
the wall. This action doesn't bode well for congressional relations in 2019. It reflects the underlying truth
that America is more divided than at any point in modern history. It's not just the border wall.
Sen. Schumer's response is the Bronx cheer to anything the President proposes. Nancy Pelosi follows up with her
sniveling whine about how "he hasn't got the votes." What about discussion? It's hard to discuss issues with
someone who begins and ends the conversation with derision and contempt for the other, and that's the default position of the
Democrat Party today. Democrats are so reflexively partisan that compromise is impossible. Then they proceed to
accuse conservatives of causing the division. And that accusation is the basis for more division.
Meadows: President Trump, Veto this Spending Bill, Fight for the Wall. The House Freedom Caucus and Chairman
Mark Meadows (R-NC) delivered a series of fiery speeches Wednesday night [12/19/2018], calling on President Donald Trump and
Congress to fund his promised border wall; Meadows said they will back Trump if he vetoes the spending bill. The House
Freedom Caucus led a special order on the House floor on Wednesday night, urging Congress and the president to continue
fighting for the border wall. Meadows said, "I rise to encourage my colleagues to stay in the fight to have the
president deliver on a promise."
Trump Border Wall GoFundMe Page Passes $4.3 Million in Donations in 4 Days. A Florida-based triple amputee
veteran has created a GoFundMe push to fund President Trump's border wall through donations from the public. Brian
Kolfage, who launched the GoFundMe, has also been an active free speech advocate who has spoken against censorship on digital
Air Force veteran on mission to raise $1B for US-Mexico border wall. A triple amputee U.S. military veteran
says he was inspired to raise money for President Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall after reading a New York Post article that
questioned why no one had taken up the mantle. In just three days, Brian Kolfage's GoFundMe campaign, "We The
People Will Fund The Wall," has racked up more than $2 million from more than 34,000 people, with a goal of raising
Stop Being a Jerk and
Give Him His Wall. [A]s of right now it looks like we're going to have a government shutdown over the
Democrats' refusal to fund Trump's border wall. And almost no Republicans in America will [care]. Trump surely
won't. A Trump shutdown doesn't look like a Barack Obama shutdown, by the way. First of all, most of the
government has actually already been funded via appropriations bills which have passed — so you're only looking at
a partial shutdown. And Trump isn't likely to play up the negative effects of a shutdown the way Obama did —
planting barricades around the World War II Memorial in DC, for example, or holding tourists hostage in Yosemite National
Park. It's going to be very mild. So the only people who will really be bent out of shape about a shutdown will
be some government workers and Democrats who need a government service here and there.
[the] Funded 'Wall' Under Bush [and] Obama [but] Refuse [the] Same Barrier to Trump. Many House and Senate
Democrats voted to fund the same bollard-style fencing constructed by Presidents Bush and Obama that they now oppose under
President Trump. Ahead of a government shutdown, Trump is asking the Republican-controlled Congress for $5 billion
in funding — just a fifth of the funding needed — to build what he continues to call a U.S.-Mexico
"border wall," though the barrier is almost identical to the bollard fencing erected by both Bush and Obama.
hasn't someone started a GoFundMe for Trump's wall? [Scroll down] Jack Murray was blunt and creative. He did
the math and came up with this calculation: "If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall."
Just Order the Pentagon to Build the Wall. It's strange that the president already hasn't ordered the Pentagon
to build the wall. After all, border security is a basic and vital function of the military. The military,
however, has been reluctant to engage in this timeless endeavor. When President Trump in October ordered the Pentagon
to deploy several thousand U.S. troops shore up the southern border against yet another caravan of illegal aliens, top brass
balked. Many argued in the press that the mission was a distraction for the military's far more important duties, like
endlessly and ineffectively securing Afghanistan's borders. Understand, the Department of Defense has a budget in
excess of $700 billion. The Pentagon is so big and bloated, with a budget process so unwieldy, that for years
officials resisted any form of audit. Until this year, when the DOD spent more than $400 million auditing
some $2.7 trillion in assets. It will come as no surprise that the budget uncovered a great deal of waste (though
not necessarily fraud). Given all the money sloshing around, it's fair to say the Pentagon has the cash on hand to
build a $25 billion border wall and still have money to spare to continue building and maintaining warplanes that
can't stand the thought of protecting Americans. Democrats and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media tout
themselves as concerned for those addicted to drugs and regularly support increased spending money for therapy. But
they refuse to fund building the wall and for border security on the Mexican border. The wall would significantly stop
the flow of illegal drugs through the Mexican border to the USA, which would reduce the supply of illegal drugs that cause
addiction and deaths by overdose. The Democrats and media support spending money to deal with the effects of drugs
smuggled across the border but refuse to spend money to stop the smuggling.
Call Out Nancy Pelosi: Would You Support Border Wall if It Saved Your Loved One? Angel Moms whose
children have been murdered by illegal aliens living in the United States called out incoming House Speaker Rep. Nancy
Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), asking them if they would support a border wall if it meant their loved
ones would be saved from illegal alien crime.
and the border: What they don't want you to know. Is steel more moral than concrete? House Democratic leader
Nancy Pelosi of California said last week that she and other Democrats consider a border wall "immoral." But some of the same
Democrats who decry President Donald J. Trump's proposed concrete wall as a 30-foot-tall human-rights violation actually approved
700 miles of steel barriers under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (SFA). Give Pelosi this: She is consistent. She
voted against SFA. Maybe, deep down, she wants an America without borders. Meanwhile, these current, former, and then-ascendant
Senate Democrats all voted for SFA, which President George W. Bush signed into law. On September 26, 2006, the Senate
passed SFA 80-19, with 26 Democrats voting Yea.
depends on the meaning of what 'wall' is. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and President Trump faced off
in the Oval Office Monday [12/10/2018] in a meeting that suggested a shutdown fight is coming on Christmas week. The Democratic
leaders did what their base presumably wants (opposing a wall), and Trump did what his base presumably wants (fighting for a wall).
Trump even said he would shut down the government to get his wall. But when Trump talks about a "wall," there is a difference
between what his supporters and his opponents say he really means, and it is in that gap that the president may have room to maneuver
and get off the road to a shutdown.
U.S. Army could fund, build sections of President Trump's border wall. The Pentagon has responded to President
Trump's suggestion the U.S. military could build the border wall. In a statement Wednesday, the Defense Department said
it currently has no plans to build the wall, but could take part in the construction of border projects in the near future.
The Defense Department said U.S. law allows the Pentagon to use its budget for border security purposes.
threatens to have military build border wall if Pelosi, Schumer won't budge. President Trump threatened Tuesday
[12/11/2018] to have the military "build the remaining sections" of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, appearing to revive a call
to use Pentagon money to finish the project ahead of a meeting with congressional Democratic leaders opposed to the
president's funding request.
to end caravans. Mexico wants the USA to aid Central America to keep people from leaving. America wants a
wall. But Mexico is willing to keep the caravan migrants.
top court snubs environmental challenge to Trump's border wall. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [12/3/2018] rebuffed a
challenge by three conservation groups to the authority of President Donald Trump's administration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico
border, a victory for Trump who has made the wall a centerpiece of his hardline immigration policies.
Democrats say feds should eliminate all money for border wall. Hispanic Democrats drew a red line Wednesday [11/28/2018]
in budget negotiations, saying they cannot support any year-end spending bill unless it reduces the government's ability to detain illegal
immigrants ahead of deportation. The Democrats also said they want to eliminate all money for the border wall — not the
$5 billion President Trump is seeking, nor even the $1.6 billion that Senate Democrats have said they're willing to spend.
not build a border barrier? It's the law. The news is filled with images of migrants massing at the
U.S-Mexico border near the San Ysidro crossing in California. Why haven't they been able to enter the United
States? Because a physical barrier prevents them from doing so. It is just another example of a barrier —
a fence, a wall, whatever — providing real border security. Of course, building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico
border was President Trump's premier campaign promise. So far, in nearly two years in office, he has made almost
no progress toward making it happen.
Texas border wall project awarded, Customs and Border Protection says. A $145 million construction project was
awarded Wednesday to build roughly six miles of border wall in Texas, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Friday
[11/2/2018]. The agency, in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers, gave the multimillion-dollar job in the
Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector to SLSCO, CBP said in a news release. Work on the project, also known by CBP
as RGV-03, is expected to kick off in February, the agency said.
shows border wall construction underway in Texas. ideo released this week shows construction underway in El Paso,
Texas, for a portion of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The video published by the El Paso Times shows construction beginning to
replace existing fencing with a wall in Chihuahuita, El Paso's oldest neighborhood. The wall, construction for which began last
Saturday, is set to run from Chihuahuita and continue east for four miles. The 18-foot-tall steel bollard wall will replace the
chain link and metal fence as part of President Trump's executive order last year authorizing construction of his wall along the
U.S.-Mexico border, the administration said.
that new border wall going up where it is needed most. Congress still refuses to fund a complete border wall,
but that isn't stopping the king of construction, Donald J. Trump, from delivering the goods where it is needed most.
The El Paso Times has provided an entertaining and interesting video of construction of a new, much bigger border wall being
built on the border separating the metropolises of Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, with a combined metropolitan population
of at least 2.7 million souls.
Ten Inconvenient Facts.
[#2] People like walls. Progressives want open borders and limitless migration, and that may please the renowned
professor who grew up in one city, went to school 1,000 miles away, took a job in yet another state, and lectures and does
research in Europe each year. But most people want a home and they want security. They believe that good fences
make good neighbors, that a country without walls isn't a country. Walls reinforce the pride of ownership, too.
When liberals decry walls, they belittle the sense of place that people find comforting and meaningful.
Border Wall Construction Progresses
In New Mexico. New Mexico is progressing on its 20-mile border wall construction west of Santa Teresa,
replacing old posts and rail barriers as part of President Donald Trump's initiative to halt illegal immigration and drug
trafficking. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said more than 8,100 panels stretching over 11 miles were
built as of Aug. 8, according to the Associated Press Friday [8/17/2018]. "It's going to be harder to get over,
harder to get through, harder to get underneath," Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull of the El Paso sector told the
Albuquerque Journal on April 9. "It's going to have a five-foot, anti-scaling plate at the top." The barrier
will be as tall as 18 feet in some areas, depending on the location. The "wall of steel" was approved in 2017 and
construction of the $73.3 million project began April 9, the Journal reported.
Senate Democrat Pledges To Support Trump Border Wall Funding. West Virginia's Joe Manchin has joined Indiana's
Joe Donnelly in pledging to support border wall funding in the upcoming budget. Both Democrat senators are facing tough
re-election bids in states dominated by pro-Trump voters who fully support the President's desire to increase the nation's
breaks legs jumping border wall in California. A man attempting to enter the United States illegally has fallen
from a new 30-foot high wall in California, breaking both his legs.
welfare to illegal aliens would pay for Trump's wall. Mexico won't have to pay for the wall, after all.
US taxpayers won't have to pick up the tab, either. The controversial barrier, rather, will cover its own cost just by
closing the border to illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole. That's the finding of recent immigration
studies showing the $18 billion wall President Trump plans to build along the southern border will pay for itself by curbing
the importation of not only crime and drugs, but poverty. "The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly
reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling," Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration
Studies, told The [New York] Post.
Trump Demands Funding to Keep Building the Wall Faster. President Donald Trump again signaled his support for
the wall Monday [7/30/2018], after threatening to shut down the government if Congress failed to deliver construction
funding. "We must have Border Security, get rid of Chain, Lottery, Catch & Release Sanctuary Cities — go to
merit-based Immigration," he wrote on Twitter. "Protect ICE and Law Enforcement and, of course, keep building, but much
faster, THE WALL!"
Portland's Occupy ICE Protest Builds Wall, Creates Border Patrol To Keep Out Police. On Wednesday [7/25/2018], The Daily
Wire reported that "Occupy ICE" protesters in Portland had been given eviction notices and were ordered to pack up their belongings
and demonstrate against vague notions of tyranny and oppression elsewhere. But while some indeed cleared out (in a manner of speaking,
at least), others decided to stay and fight, erecting — ironically — a "border wall" to enclose the Occupy ICE
PDX encampment and stationing "border guards" around their tiny independent nation. No, really. The border wall, which is
in fact quite high (perhaps, say, to prevent border jumpers), went up over the weekend.
reportedly will create its own border force [on its southern border]. Mexico's president-elect has complained
about President Trump's immigration policies, but he's looking to adopt some them for his country, a top aide said.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is planning his own border force to stop illegal immigrants and drugs crossing into Mexico from
Central America, Alfonso Durazo, his chief of public security, told Bloomberg. Mr. Durazo said the border force
would also patrol the U.S.-Mexico line, though he declined to give Bloomberg more details.
What Happened To The Fence Promised By The
Secure Fence Act Of 2006? TheSecure Fence Act was introduced on Sept. 13, 2006, by Rep Peter King (R-NY) and
passed Congress on a bi-partisan basis. In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283 [to] 138 on
September 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006, the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80 [to] 19. Out of
the eighty senators in total who voted in favor of the secure fence act, twenty-six (out of the forty-four) Democrats voted in favor
of the bill (one, Ted Kennedy did not vote). A dozen years later some of those Democratic Senators are still serving in the
upper body [...]
Same People Who Take a Knee For the American Flag Wave Mexican Flags at Anti-ICE Protests. There is absolutely
no question about it, these protests are not about separating children from their parents — it is about abolishing
our borders. The Democratic Party has been radicalized against our nation.
Majority With Trump: Want Wall Built, Migrant Families Deported or Detained. A poll released Sunday
[6/24/2018] by CBS News shows a majority of Americans support a wall being built on the border with Mexico and for migrant
families who illegally entered the U.S. to be deported or detained. The CBS News 2018 Battleground Tracker Poll
conducted by YouGov June 21-22 during the midst of the controversy over migrant families and unaccompanied children flooding
the southern border shows a shift toward President Trump's views since a March CBS poll by SSRS showed 60 percent opposed a wall.
of Providing Health Care to Illegal Aliens. The most objective piece of writing on illegal immigration to
emerge from the legacy media last week appeared under the title, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It's Time to Give
Trump His Wall." It was penned by Andrew Sullivan, of all people, yet he admitted something few progressives have really
accepted: "He won the election. He is owed this." Sullivan's regular readers will reflexively disagree, but his
reasoning is irrefutable. So, most will have to revert to the "prohibitive cost" canard. In reality, the wall will
easily pay for itself in savings to our health care system. The cost of the border wall has been projected by numerous
entities, and the estimates vary wildly. The Trump administration and the GOP congressional leadership have estimated
its cost at $12 billion to $15 billion. Senate Democrats claim that the price tag would be $67 billion.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has projected the cost at $21.6 billion. Going with the Trump administration
figure, the savings to our health care system should pay for the thing in a decade. Using the DHS figure, it will take
far less time than a typical mortgage. Specifically, about 20 years. This depends on what we pay for the health
care we provide to illegal immigrants and how many will be stopped by the wall.
The Wall Before Any Other Immigration Legislation. Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have suddenly
found the time and energy to pass a quick legislative fix to end the practice of separating parents from children when they
cross illegally into the country — but they apparently do not plan to act on any real illegal immigration fixes,
such as funding the border wall. According to reporting by The Washington Examiner's Susan Ferrechio, Senate Majority
Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, is working with other GOP senators on a bill that would allow families who enter the country
illegally to remain together at immigration facilities at the border as they await adjudication. The Trump
administration has said a court decision requires family separation as adults are prosecuted. Cornyn's bill would
eliminate that requirement, and speed up court hearings for people seeking admission into the country, which can take months.
Truths Liberals Will Never Acknowledge About Illegal Immigration. [#2] A wall would make a major difference.
A wall was never intended to be a fix for illegal immigration in and of itself. To the contrary, it's a force multiplier.
What we see everywhere that we have full fencing up is that illegals overwhelmingly avoid those areas. In other words, you
can use a wall to direct illegals to certain areas and concentrate the border patrol in those areas. As we've seen in Israel
and even around the White House and the Vatican, walls work. If you're serious about stopping illegal immigration, you
support a wall.
border wall crowdfunding possible under Tennessee lawmaker's 'trust fund' bill. Those who want to see President
Trump's border wall built may get a chance to help fund the project if a recently introduced bill is passed. The
legislation, introduced by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., last week, would create a "border wall trust fund." People could
donate any amount of money to it, with the funds specifically designated for "whatever it takes to build the wall" —
from supplies to salaries. It would be overseen by the Treasury Department, according to Black.
Remittances Can Build the Wall. Among the alleged asylum-seekers parked on the U.S. border is a contingent of
Hondurans, allegedly fleeing persecution, poverty, crime, and oppression. If that is the case, then why is the Honduran
government helping them, driving them northward under orders given to the Honduran ambassador, who is helping and escorting
them? [...] Why is the country whose oppression they are allegedly fleeing helping them leave? The answer is remittances,
the money sent back home by so-called "migrants." Asylum is in large part a colossal scam designed to provide Latin American
countries with both a safety valve and a cash cow of foreign exchange. In 2017, remittances sent back to Honduras totaled
$4.33 billion and make up a significant part of the Honduran economy.
to build 20-mile wall along border in New Mexico. Homeland Security began building a border wall in New Mexico on
Monday [4/9/2018], moving to replace vehicle barriers with a modern fence that will deter pedestrians attempting to cross in the
remote desert west of El Paso. The 20-mile project has been on the books for some time and the contract was awarded
Jan. 22, meaning it was finalized before the recent fight over border wall money in the new 2018 spending bill. But
the administration says it wouldn't have been built but for President Trump's push for more border wall.
Military Can Secure the Border and Build the Wall. The United States has 4,000 troops in Afghanistan, 39,000 in Japan, 34,805 in
Germany, 23,000 in South Korea, and around 5,200 in Iraq. Our military protects the borders of countless nations. Except our own.
In 1919, we had 18,500 soldiers on the border. "Twice a day every foot of the border line is patrolled by cavalrymen and infantrymen," the
New York Times noted. A hundred years later, President Trump's proposal to use the military to secure the border is controversial even
though Marines fighting drug cartels have come under fire from drug smugglers.
Idea of Using Military Resources for Border Wall Isn't Unprecedented. The military has been involved before in
putting up a barrier along the U.S.-Mexican border without explicit authorization from Congress, according to a 2009
government report. President Donald Trump recently proposed to draw from the $700 billion appropriated for the military
for funds to build the border wall, which comes with a price tag estimated at $25 billion. Initial fencing constructed
after Congress passed the 2006 Secure Fence Act was paid for by the Department of Homeland Security, while engineering and labor
was carried out through an agreement with the Defense Department. It isn't clear whether this is what Trump had in mind.
The Wall is National
Defense. What is defense? Is it not to make Americans safe from foreign attack? To prevent
foreigners from imposing their way of life upon us, through invasion or other means? To maintain the independence,
peace, and prosperity of the already-existing American people? Very little of what the government does in the name of
defense accomplishes these things. [...] America maintains hundreds of overseas bases, builds and develops increasingly
sophisticated conventional arms, continues to slog on inconclusively in Afghanistan, and, in spite of a smallish uniformed
military, still spends mountains of money. [...] The substantial defense budget does nothing to prevent foreigners —
whether mere economic migrants, violent drug gangs, or Islamic terrorists — from entering through our porous
southern border. Instead, it funds bases, multiple aircraft carriers, and super-weapons to protect us from ...
Wants The Military To Build His Border Wall. That's A Terrible Idea. On Tuesday [3/27/2018], The Washington Post
reported that President Trump is privately pushing for the U.S. military to build his long-promised border wall. The $1.3 trillion
spending bill Trump signed last week allocated a mere $1.6 billion for the wall, far less than the $25 billion Trump wanted, and
the money comes with tight restrictions on how it can be spent. Despite the president's grandiose promises of a border wall during the
2016 campaign, when he boasted that he would build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, his efforts to secure congressional funding for the
project have hit a wall, so to speak. Democrats balked at his offer to trade long-term wall funding for easier citizenship access for
younger illegal immigrants, and Republicans don't see it as a priority. Earlier this month, likely in an effort to keep the issue
alive, Trump traveled to California to view prototypes of the wall. But nothing will come of them if he doesn't secure funding.
The Army may build
the wall. Install is more accurate. These will be fabricated in a factory, and taken to the site.
This haul and install operation seems like great training for the combat engineers. Plus you get a nice big wall.
Trump Using Omnibus Bill To Now Fully Fund The Border Wall? It Sure Looks That Way. Whispers are now
rampant that President Trump is using the significant funds allocated to military spending in the most recent omnibus bill he
signed last week to allocate full and immediate funding for the southern border wall project. If so it would be a
brilliant side-step maneuver that would outflank the anti-secure border members of Congress — including many among
the Republican leadership. An omnibus bill is not a budget and so allows a president considerable powers to spend those
funds as they choose.
Trump hints he may use Defense budget to build the border wall now. President Trump tweeted something very
suggestive this morning, indicating that he may use the powers of the executive to work around the $1.3 trillion
abomination's limitations on the border wall.
Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Lie About Funding the Trump Border Wall. President Trump promised to build a
border wall with Mexico at nearly EVERY campaign stop he held in 2015-2016. The president won the election in an
electoral landslide with a promise to build a border wall with Mexico. In January 2017 Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to pass funding of $12-15 billion to build the Trump border wall.
[Video clip] But it was all a lie.
House says it can only build 33 miles of new border barriers. White House officials said Thursday [3/22/2018] that
President Donald Trump will sign a hotly contested budget bill when lawmakers send it to him, despite the fact that it provides for
only 33 miles of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump vowed in April 2017 that his long-promised border wall
would be finished by the end of his first term in office. 'It's certainly going to — yeah,' he told reporters then,
answering a specific question about a four-year timeline and adding that 'we have plenty of time.' But at the rate the White
House has agreed to, the project could stretch through more than two administrations.
what Congress is stuffing into its $1.3 trillion spending bill. [Scroll down] Border wall: The bill
provides $1.6 billion for barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border but with serious strings attached. Of the total, $251 million
is earmarked specifically for "secondary fencing" near San Diego, where fencing is already in place; $445 million is for no more than
25 miles of "levee fencing"; $196 million is for "primary pedestrian fencing" in the Rio Grande Valley; $445 million is for
the replacement of existing fencing in that area; and the rest is for planning, design and technology — not for wall
construction. The biggest catch is this: The barriers authorized to be built under the act must be "operationally effective
designs" already deployed as of last March, meaning none of President Trump's big, beautiful wall prototypes can be built.
wall, illegal crossings expected to spike 70% in 2018. Illegal immigration, sidelined by the so-called "Trump
effect" in the past year, is likely to surge 70 percent this year as undocumented aliens try to get into the United States
before the president's border wall is constructed and to take advantage of the booming economy, according to a leading expert.
immigrants say wall might slow them down but won't stop them from crossing illegally. President Donald Trump
visited California on Tuesday where he inspected the eight prototypes for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. But Eladio
Sanchez, who lives in Tijuana, Mexico, said a wall wouldn't stop him from crossing illegally into the United States, Agence
France Presse reported. The 30-year-old said he has sneaked into the U.S. several times and doesn't believe a border
wall will be much of a deterrent for those who want to cross the border.
welfare to illegal aliens would pay for Trump's wall. Mexico won't have to pay for the wall, after all.
US taxpayers won't have to pick up the tab, either. The controversial barrier, rather, will cover its own cost just by
closing the border to illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole. That's the finding of recent immigration
studies showing the $18 billion wall President Trump plans to build along the southern border will pay for itself by curbing
the importation of not only crime and drugs, but poverty. "The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly reduced
illegal crossings and drug smuggling," Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, told
The [New York] Post.
The Texas-Mexico Border, Migrants Are Overcoming Every Obstacle In Their Path. What does it mean to secure the
border? We hear the phrase every time Congress debates immigration reform, usually from immigration hawks who insist
that before we extend any leniency to illegal immigrants, even a limited amnesty for those brought to the United States as
children, we must first secure the border. President Trump has taken it a step further with his dogged insistence on an
actual border wall, which has become synonymous with border security in the broader immigration debate.
Pelosi's Border Solution:
'Mowing The Grass'. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said during a Tuesday [2/20/2018] interview that she thinks "mowing
the grass" along the border could be one solution to border security. Pelosi denounced the idea of a border wall during the
interview, which was broadcast on Facebook live, stating that such an idea is "never going to happen." "Well, I'm not the wall's
biggest advocate in Congress, but I do know that representatives in the House and Senators in that body from the border wall areas have
some serious objection to a wall," Pelosi explained. "Because they know how detrimental it can be to the community trade, to all
of the other aspects of a border." [Video clip]
Proposes 'Mowing the Grass,' Fences as Alternative to Border Wall. Tuesday [2/20/2018] during an interview with the Arizona
Republic, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said fences and "mowing the grass" along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a better alternative
instead of President Donald Trump's proposed wall.
Tax Receipts Would Pay for Entire Border Wall. The $18.477 billion in tax revenues the federal government
collected on Monday [2/12/2018], according to the Daily Treasury Statement, is more than enough to cover the $18 billion
that President Donald Trump is requesting in his new budget proposal for building a wall along the U.S-Mexico border. "As
the President has said, a nation without borders is not a nation at all," Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney
said in written testimony presented to the Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday [2/13/2018].
butterfly effect: Trump's border wall could be blocked because it threatens endangered insects. A tiny
endangered butterfly could stop President Donald Trump from building his beloved border wall. A lawsuit has been filed
by the Center for Biological Diversity, environmental groups and the State of California against the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security. It outlines that the Quino checkerspot butterfly, Riverside fairy shrimp and the Pacific pocket
mouse will be threatened if the border wall is built. The butterfly, which is native to southern California and
Northern Mexico, is already on the endangered species list.
at it again, deals with Dems and kills wall funding. Sen. John McCain is reportedly joining with
Democratic colleague Christopher Coons to introduce legislation that gives Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals' illegals a
path to citizenship, but denies President Donald Trump his funding to build a wall. McCain giving the Democrats what
they want at the expense of the Republicans — now there's something you don't see every day, right? Not.
of Border Wall Construction Company: 'I Really Believe We'll Change History'. The CEO of Fisher Industries, one
of four construction companies selected as finalists to build President Donald Trump's historic border wall, told Breitbart
News that he believes his company will change history and can do so at a far lower cost than his competitors. "It's not
just a wall. It's a complete border protection system with high-speed access roads," Tommy Fisher, CEO of Fisher
Industries, told Breitbart News during a sit-down Facebook Live interview in Washington, D.C. Fisher's wall would be
constructed from solid concrete and would span the Pacific Ocean in California through western Texas.
Built a 'Wall' and Is Deporting Illegal Aliens. America Can Learn. A decade ago, Israelis gave little
thought to the issue of illegal immigration. In 2006, there were 2,766 illegal migrants in Israel, nearly all of them
from Eritrea and Sudan, who had entered Israel through its then-open, 150-mile border with Egypt. In 2007, the dam of
illegal immigration burst. According to Israel's Immigration and Population Authority, 5,179 African migrants —
predominantly from Eritrea and Sudan — entered Israel from Egypt in 2007. The illegal migration reached its peak
in 2011, when 17,281 arrived.
Border Wall Prototypes [are] Almost Impossible To Breach [or] Climb Over. Fox News reports that breach testing
of the border wall prototypes was a success. Special Ops soldiers attempted to climb them but only one person was able
to climb to the top and he had to be lowered down with a cherry picker.
Barrier Passes First Test. The Left loves to sneer at the notion of a strong wall between the United States and
the illegal infiltrators coming across the southern border from Mexico. As usual, they say it can't be done, it won't
work, we can't afford it — their usual litany of reasons How Not to Do It. [...] At this point in the Trump
presidency, wouldn't it be smarter for the Resistance Party to stop walking into door jambs, stepping on rakes, and tying
their own shoelaces together? Real Americans are finally catching on to the Democrats' can't-do/won't-do playbook,
which manifested itself most recently in the tax cut. Once the border wall is up — and actually before, as
the Mexicans realize we mean business — watch the numbers of illegal "dreamers" fall precipitously.
Wall Models Thwart US Commandos In Tests. Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald
Trump's proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct
knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.
DHS Says 700-Mile Border Wall To Cost Just $1.8 Billion Per year. President Donald Trump's 700-mile border wall would
cost just $1.8 billion annually for ten years, according to the Wall Street Journal. The expected construction cost
is only 1 cent for every $20 spent by the federal government.
The Editor says...
That amount of money is only one tenth of what it costs to have NASA fly around in circles and accomplish
nothing. The border wall is a matter of national defense, which is authorized by the Constitution. (The exploration of other planets is not.)
The benefits will far exceed the cost, even before the wall is completed.
Lists 8 Things She'd Rather Spend Trump's 'Immoral' Border Wall Funding On. On Friday, House Minority Leader
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) listed some of the things she'd do with the money President Donald Trump wants to protect
America from the threats posed by illegal immigration. On her Twitter page, Pelosi introduced her series of posts by
claiming the border wall funding "could do so much more" — if it wasn't used to secure the border:
"President Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump, that border wall funding you are asking for (again) could do so much more good in
other places...." Pelosi followed with eight separate Tweets, each touting something she'd spend the border wall funds
on — ranging [from rebuilding] Puerto Rico and subsidizing high-speed internet to expanding the State Department.
Segment Proves U.S. Border Needs Bigger Wall. MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff went to preview the prototypes that
are being built between two existing border fences along the U.S.-Mexico border. During the segment, Soboroff was
interviewing border patrol agent Roy Villareal when several migrants were caught on camera jumping the existing fence into
the United States. "A small group of three people just jumped over in the middle of the day," Soboroff noted. "So
can you explain to me what's going on?" "This is the reality of everyday border enforcement. The United States is
the draw for people with dire situations where they are at," Villareal said. "We are going to continue to witness
this. It plays out on a regular basis for us."
committee approves $10 billion initial payment for U.S.-Mexico border wall. The House Homeland Security
Committee gave first approval to the broad scope of President Trump's border wall Wednesday, clearing a bill that would
authorize $10 billion in new infrastructure spending, new waivers to speed up construction, and 10,000 more border agents and
officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico line. Democrats vehemently opposed the bill, saying the wall was a boondoggle and
the fact that U.S. taxpayers will fund it violates the president's campaign pledge to make Mexico foot the bill. But
Republicans backed the bill in a 18-12 party-line vote, saying it was time to get a handle on the border.
Smugglers Admit Border Walls Work. A Mexican trafficker admitted that border walls make trafficking
significantly more difficult, but claimed that this would somehow be good for his business. The trafficker, who was
identified only as "Alexis," said he specializes in a specific form of human smuggling in cities that are on the border, USA
Today reported. "Right now, I can't imagine exactly how [a wall will be built] but I can tell you that it would be a
lot harder if they build that wall," Alexis told USA Today. "Really, because it's already hard with the fence we have
now. It's difficult because, to start, not just any ordinary person who decides they want to scale it can do it.
It requires skill to get up there. And to get down, oh man, one of two things can happen. You jump and if you're
athletic you can land OK, but if you're not you can break a foot."
Builds a Wall, Cuts Illegal Immigration by Over 99 Percent. Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by over 99 percent after
rolling out a series of powerful border fences in response to the European migrant crisis, possibly providing a lesson as to the potential impact
of constructing President Trump's much-discussed southern wall in the U.S.
on DACA: 'We Have a Little Problem'; We Don't Know Where Trump Stands. On his nationally syndicated radio talk
show program Thursday [9/14/2017], host Mark Levin discussed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), telling his
audience "we have a little problem" because it's unclear where President Trump now stands on two key planks of his
presidential primary campaign: DACA and 'The Wall.' "Well, the backbenchers, TV, the rest, they've kind of caught
up where we are here, ladies and gentleman, that we have a little problem," stated Mark Levin. "We have a little problem.
I'm going to pose a question to you: Where exactly does President Trump stand on DACA and 'The Wall' today?"
Trump: The Wall Is Actually Just Renovation of Old Fences. President Donald Trump admitted that he wasn't
actually going to build a great new wall on the southern border but repair existing fences and build selective strategic
border structures. "The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing
fences and walls, will continue to be built," Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning [9/14/2017].
fences make good neighbors, and walls make better ones. What could be offensive about a wall, which is as
passive a defense system as one can imagine? If you are worried about offending others, you are already on a slippery
slope wherein you can be manipulated by anyone willing to claim hurt feelings. If Mexico chose to build a wall, I
wouldn't be offended. Amused, perhaps, but I'd cheer them on. Remarkably, Mexico prefers to let its "cows"
wander, letting them feast off our resources. If only they were literally cows! They wouldn't ever rape us or
kill us in automobile accidents. They would never sell us drugs. While they can tunnel under walls or climb over
them, these are not reasons to refuse to build a wall.
To $1.6 Billion For Border Wall. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday [9/14/2017] that will
provide $1.2 trillion to fund the government past Sept. 30, and will allocate $1.6 billion towards President Donald
Trump's border wall. The legislation gives $658.1 billion to the Department of Defense, $44.3 billion for the
Department of Homeland Security and allocates the rest of the money towards other federal agencies. The bill lops [sic]
all 12 annual spending bills into two one piece of legislation.
The Editor says...
The word lop does not mean combine, it means cut. Perhaps the writer
meant lump, which can be used as a verb meaning to put in an indiscriminate
mass or group. Five points deducted; see me after class.
Ryan Reportedly Says No Chance for Border Wall at Private Dinner. House Speaker Paul Ryan, at a private dinner
earlier this year, said he thought only "one member" wanted to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Breitbart
News has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the comments, including former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO).
The dinner, sources said, took place on the eve of the House's passage of two relatively minor immigration bills at the end of
June: Kate's Law and sanctuary city reforms. The far wider reaching Davis-Oliver Act was tabled at the same time.
Time When Democrats Really, Really Liked The Border Wall. The Daily Caller reported on Obama's border wall
support back in 2016: ["]A leaked internal memo from Barack Obama's 2008 campaign says that fencing at the US-Mexico
border could help cut down on illegal immigration.["] [...] Well, by progressive standards, Barack Obama is now a
racist. Yet, it also shows how insane the Left has become over the past decade. The descent into identity
politics and the general shift leftward in political orientation has led the Democratic Party to become insanely out of touch
with ordinary Americans, especially in immigration.
Now Republicans Are Running
Away From Border Security Promise. These Republicans. Has there ever been a more disloyal, spineless, leaderless
bunch? [...] The latest exhibit to be added to the long list of Republican broken promises is border security. Republicans are now
running from the Trump "build that wall" promise that was critical in his winning the 2016 Election. So many Republicans are failing
to follow up on this promise (they've been making it to voters for more than three decades) that an open floor vote might prove
disastrous. Instead, a bit of cash will be thrown at the problem, a few miles of new fence, and tens of millions of dollars
devoted to further "study."
seek to dodge border wall vote. House Republicans are poised to fund $1.6 billion for President Donald Trump's
border wall through a procedural maneuver designed to avoid a floor vote that might fail. The House Rules Committee is
expected to attach funding for the wall that Trump has proposed building along the Mexican border to the so-called minibus, a
downsized spending package for the Pentagon, the Energy Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the legislative
branch — but not DHS, the Cabinet agency responsible for the wall. If an amendment to fund the wall is
adopted by the Rules Committee, this line item can circumvent a floor vote, sparing GOP immigration moderates and fiscal hawks
from being pressed to approve a project that their constituents might view as xenophobic, misguided and wasteful —
and sparing GOP leaders possible defeat.
says border needs 700-900 miles of wall. President Trump put the first concrete number on the miles of border
he wants to fence off, saying "anywhere from 700 to 900 miles" need his border wall — and he said he wasn't joking
when he suggested erecting solar panels to help pay for construction. "There is a very good chance we can do a solar wall,"
the president told reporters Wednesday night [7/12/2017] aboard Air Force One en route to France. During the campaign
Mr. Trump said he wanted to see a wall across the 1,954-mile border with Mexico, but told reporters that he's been convince d
there are a number of areas that don't need fencing because of natural barriers.
GOP allocates $1.6 billion for Trump border wall in 2018. House Republicans said Tuesday [7/11/2017] they've included
$1.6 billion in funding for President Trump's border wall in their new homeland security spending bill, setting up [a] fight with
Democrats who have vowed to block any wall funding — even if it means sending the government into a partial shutdown. GOP
leaders said the $1.6 billion fully meets Mr. Trump's request to begin wall construction, which includes 32 miles of new
border fencing in Texas, 28 miles of levee wall along the Rio Grande Valley, also in Texas, and 14 miles of replacement fence
in San Diego.
France to Use
a Wall to Deter Terror. The French government is constructing a bulletproof, glass wall around the Eiffel Tower
to prevent terror attacks that is projected to cost $20 million. The 8.2-foot-high wall was approved in January, and
while many French are outraged by the construction of what they see as an eyesore, local politicians defended the plan.
"The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of
special security measures," Deputy Mayor Jean-Francois Martins said. Currently the Eiffel Tower is surrounded by metal
barriers as a security measure, but Martins believes the glass wall will be more visually appealing.
Administration Plans Summer Announcement of Wall Prototypes. President Donald Trump's administration plans to
announce design finalists for his "big beautiful wall" soon. The announcement will take place sometime in the summer of
this year, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson. It will include four to eight designs for
wall "prototypes" to be constructed in San Diego. The exact date and details of the prototypes announcement have not
been set, but is expected to be a major milestone for the president's promised project.
requests $24.5-million-per-mile border wall, U.S. choice of immigrants. The first leg of President Trump's
planned border wall will cost an exorbitant $24.5 million per mile, according to the 2018 budget he submitted Tuesday [5/23/2017]
that details a massive shake-up in immigration policy. Mr. Trump calls for a giant increase in detention beds to help end
the catch-and-release policies of previous administrations, requests major infusions of cash for more border and interior agents to
apprehend illegal immigrants, and proposes more prosecutors and judges to speed their cases along. Also on tap is a boost in
funding for E-Verify, the government's voluntary system that allows businesses to check potential hires' legal status.
Mr. Trump says he wants the system to be mandatory for all U.S. businesses in three years.
Budget Ramps Up Funding for Eminent Domain' Land Acquisition' in Potential Effort to Clear Way for Border Wall.
Tuesday's Department of Justice budget proposal asks Congress for $1.8 million to "meet litigation, acquisition, and
appraisal demands during the construction along the border between Mexico and the United States." The money will be used
to devote 20 new staff members, including 12 attorneys, to the Environmental and Natural Resources Division's Land Acquisition
Section (LAS). This small section of the DOJ handles litigation that arises when the federal government uses its "eminent
domain" power to seize land for public projects.
Unveils New Electrified Border Wall, Watch Towers, And Guards With Machine Guns. The country of Hungary, 95% of
whose citizens opposed European Union migrant quotas in a recent referendum, has reportedly electrified key portions of their
border fence. According to Index.hu, when approaching the border outside of authorized border crossings, those
attempting to enter the country will be met with warning signs in Hungarian, Serbian and Arabic advising them that the fence
has been electrified.
Border Wall Will Protect Human Rights. So what sort of immigration policy best protects genuine human
rights? The Left's answer (often driven by cynical electoral considerations and a seemingly boundless need to
virtue-signal) tends favor uncontrolled borders and unlimited immigration. Many libertarians also support open borders,
asserting that people and labor should be allowed to move freely, and that restrictions upon this motion is a violation of
rights. This is certainly better grounded in principles than the Left's customary position. However, both
positions suffer from the same problem: they privilege the wishes of non-citizens over citizens.
Will Border Wall Divide the Right
Over Eminent Domain? President Trump's border wall could potentially drive a wedge into the GOP as building the
structure would require acquiring private property including through eminent domain, which flies in the face of traditional
conservative support for property rights. Conservative property owners along the border in Texas oppose the wall,
according to the South Texas Property Rights Association, which represents more than 600 landowners.
Sheriff Opposes Border Wall: 'Medieval Solution to a Modern Problem'. Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said in
an interview with New York Times podcast "The Daily" that lawmakers would be better off giving a fraction of the estimated
billions it would take to build the wall to law enforcement. "I think it's kind of a medieval solution to a modern
problem," Napier said. "I mean, 10,000 years ago we were building walls around things, and here we are in 2017, and
this is the best idea we can come up with?"
The Editor says...
Pumping water is also "a medieval solution to a modern problem," but we still do it. Walls don't require electricity.
They don't have moving parts. They just stand in place and keep unwelcome people out.
border wall is working spectacularly well. Hungary is getting major blowback from the E.U. elites. But as far as I know, they haven't
doubled down on "it can't work" the way their American internationalist brethren have.&Nbsp; We have here a classic case of common sense versus "experts"
whose predictions can't be trusted.
Hungary Managed To Erase Illegal Immigration In Just A Few Months. When other countries welcomed refugees with open arms, Hungary decided it was time to eradicate
illegal immigration at any cost. The country succeeded, but that success damaged relations with the European Union in the process. Hungary's second border fence has just
been completed in the southern town of Asotthalom. The 96-mile long, 14 ft. tall double-line of defense doesn't look too intimidating from a distance. Go a little closer and
you'll notice several layers of razor-wire capable of delivering electric shocks, cameras, heat sensors and loudspeakers ready to tell migrants they're about to break Hungarian
law if they as much as touch the fence.
Obsess Over the Wall. From Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, Calif., the U.S.-Mexico border stretches nearly 2,000 miles, often across
rugged, harsh terrain — including Texas's Big Bend National Park and Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Building a single, monolithic wall is not feasible for
much of this territory, as Trump himself acknowledges at times. The proposed route of a wall also cuts through privately owned land, raising serious
legal questions. Nevertheless, more barriers in select places are welcome.
latest move to "fight the wall" is truly something out of La La Land. There are still budget battles and (probably) blockades
from the 9th Circuit to come, but sooner or later the President is going to get some work started on the border wall. But if and when
he does, California is laying some landmines in advance for any private contractors who dare to bid on the job and pour a single yard of
concrete. In a move being dubbed, "Build it and be banned," California legislators are proposing to impose a permanent ban for
government contracts on any company who takes part in the project.
Cash Pays for the Wall. In the hyper-charged debate over the merits of building "the wall" along the
U.S.-Mexico border and its funding impact on a possible government shutdown, I would like to propose a solution. The
focus has largely been on contraband and illegal immigrants going north. We largely ignore the other side of the
equation; i.e. illicit proceeds — mostly in the form of bulk cash — flowing south. If we could
recover just a few percentage points of the tens of billions of profits from the sale of drugs and other transnational crimes
(TOC) that annually flow south across the border, we could pay for the wall. Moreover, targeting the illicit proceeds
should be palatable to both Mexico City and Washington DC, and may serve as a basis for enhanced U.S.-Mexican cooperation on
illicit trafficking and related TOC.
Governor: Build Border Wall With 'Sanctuary City' Funds. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested President
Donald Trump and both houses of Congress use federal money withheld from defunded cities, counties and states with so-called
"sanctuary" policies to help fund a border wall, during an interview Tuesday [4/11/2017] on "The Laura Ingraham Show."
Abbott, who has withheld state funds from Travis County in Texas because of its sanctuary policies, urged the president to
use federal criminal grants stripped away from localities adopting these policies to aid in securing the border.
Why not 50 percent?
wall funding solved: GOP pushes for 2% fee on money immigrants send home. A group of House Republicans on
Thursday [3/30/2017] introduced the first major bill to fund President Trump's border wall, saying the government could collect billions
of dollars by imposing a 2 percent fee on all the money Mexicans and other immigrants send back home. Estimates vary,
but remittances from those in the U.S. to their relatives back home could top $130 billion a year. A 2 percent tax
could net more than $2 billion a year if it applied to all money regardless of who's sending it. "This bill is
simple — anyone who sends their money to countries that benefit from our porous borders and illegal immigration
should be responsible for providing some of the funds needed to complete the wall," Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican,
said in a statement. "This bill keeps money in the American economy, and most importantly, it creates a funding stream
to build the wall."
are the design Plans for Trump's border wall. [Scroll down] Other requirements include:
A "physically imposing" height of no less than 18 feet but preferably 30 feet tall.
Anti-climbing mechanisms, either by ladder or other tools like hooks that humans may be able to get across.
Prevent tunneling 6 feet below ground.
• For breaches to the wall (using building or cutting
tools, or torches) to take at least one hour in concrete designs, and 30 minutes in the "other" designs.
Wall Is Already Paid For. Critics of the border wall proposed by President Trump have said the cost is
prohibitive under current budget and economic conditions, that no way is Mexico going to pay for it, and shifting funds away
from the TSA, Coast Guard, and FEMA are counterproductive in terms of national security. These criticisms ignore the
costs to the U.S. in terms other than money — increased crime, overtaxed law enforcement, the drain on public
resources such as education, medical care, etc., and the driving down of real wages through an endless supply of cheap
labor. In fact, thanks in large part to the mere threat of the wall, the sudden enforcement of existing law, and the
stripping of funding from sanctuary cities by President Trump, illegal immigration has plummeted by 40 percent in February,
a trend that if continued will reduce the costs and burdens of illegal immigration to the point that the benefits of enhanced
border security, including the wall, will be more than paid for.
Hungary's Border Walls Pay for Themselves Through Savings on Illegal Migrants. The Hungarian government's
decision to rapidly construct strong border fences along their frontiers has had a positive financial effect, achieving
substantial savings on the cost of illegal immigration. Zoltán Kovács, official spokesman for Prime Minister
Viktor Orbán, told Hungarian media last week that "the monies spent on border protection are very obviously being recouped".
It's worth every nickel, and more importantly, it is fully authorized by the Constitution, inasmuch as we are being invaded.
House: Border wall cost could run $25 million per mile. The estimates of President Trump's proposed
border wall run anywhere from $8 million to $25 million a mile, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in a radio
interview Monday — though he said no decisions have been made on exactly what the wall will look like. Mr. Mulvaney,
speaking on the "Hugh Hewitt Show," said the White House will ask for some money in the next couple of weeks but won't know the
details of the cost and construction until it prepares its 2019 budget, which won't be for another year.
Cut 9,287 Holes in Obama-Era Border Fence. During a six-year stretch of the Obama presidency, people illegally
crossing the U.S.-Mexico border cut 9,287 holes in the "pedestrian" fencing that currently covers only 354 miles of the
1,954-mile border, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office. Only 654 miles of the
1,954-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border currently have any type of fencing, according to GAO. The other 1,300 miles of
border have no fencing. Of the 654 miles of fencing, 354 miles consists of what the Department of Homeland
Security calls "pedestrian" fencing. The other 300 miles is "vehicle" fencing.
Obama, Illegal Immigrants Cut Almost 10,000 Holes In Border Fence. For six years under the Obama presidency,
illegal aliens cuts almost 10,000 holes in the border fence, according to a report by the Government Accountability
Office. CNS News' Terry Jeffrey wrote about how these gaps are located in the "pedestrian" portion of the fence,
which only covers 354 square miles: [...]
Raza Declares War on Border Wall, Demands "Reconquista" of Southwest. The National Council of La Raza, an
organization that promotes the Reconquista of the southwest United States, called President Trump's Executive Order a "declaration
of war" on the Hispanic community equivalent to the slave trade. Janet Murgu'a, president of the National Council of La Raza,
claimed the president's plan to build a wall on the southern border and deport violent illegal immigrants will "tarnish our nation's
than 200 companies express interest in border wall construction. Hundreds of companies are lining up to bid on
building President Trump's controversial border wall. As of Tuesday evening [2/28/2017], 225 companies — mostly
construction and engineering firms — have expressed interest in building the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according
to a website for contractors interested in doing business with the federal government.
And Fences Are Bad... Except If You're A Hollywood Elitist Attending The Oscars. Vacuous celebrities stood and
applauded a Mexican, Latin-American director who was chosen to present an Oscar, a political jibe at the President's
intentions to strengthen border security. All the while they were safely separated from the unwashed masses by a
complex 'maze' of security walls and fences.
Border War: A Prediction. A prediction: when the "Wall" along the southern border begins to be
constructed, the left's professional activists will implement an extensive disruption campaign. It will be modeled
after the Keystone Pipeline protest (that involved a makeshift city of 10,000), but be more mobile and flexible, spread out
along the border that marks the path of the wall. Protestors will stand in the path of construction, just at activists
have, in the past, chained themselves to trees in the Northwest to stop logging.
DHS secretary: Border
wall should be finished in two years. In his first television interview as Homeland Security secretary, retired four-star Marine
Gen. John F. Kelly told Fox News he wants the U.S.-Mexico border wall finished in two years — setting an ambitious schedule for
the project ordered last week by President Trump. "The wall will be built where it's needed first, and then it will be filled in.
That's the way I look at it," Kelly said. "I really hope to have it done within the next two years."
Won't Rule Out Endangered Species Act Suits To Block Trump's Wall. President Trump's political opponents may
use existing federal laws designed to protect endangered species to stop him from building a border wall to stem the flow of
illegal immigrants coming from Mexico. Environmentalists say Trump's proposed border wall would hinder the movement of
endangered species migrating through their natural, cross-border habitats, and activists aren't above filing suit under the
Endangered Species Act (ESA) to stop the wall.
Rep. Calls Out Trump Wall While Los Zetas Cartel Operates in His District. A congressman from this border
city has expressed his disappointment at the executive orders signed by President Donald J. Trump, calling for more border
security and a wall. The comments come at the same time the Los Zetas cartel has laid claim to a local park in his
district. On Wednesday, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) issued a statement calling Trump's wall a 14th century solution
to a 21st century problem. Cuellar denounced the plan, claiming that the move damages bilateral relations with Mexico.
signs executive orders authorizing work on Mexico border wall, withholding funds for 'sanctuary cities'.
President Trump signed an executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and will sign another banning some
Muslim immigrants from entering the country — setting off a wave of protests in New York and elsewhere.
Trump's order Wednesday paving the way for construction of the wall is the first in a series of steps he says will stem
illegal immigration and strengthen national security.
Democrats Voted For The Border Wall Trump Is Building. President Donald Trump will be able to order the
construction of a wall on the Mexico border Wednesday with the stroke of a pen, because of a 2006 law passed with the help of
Democrats including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. The 2006 law authorized the construction of 700 miles
of fencing along the southern border, as well as additional lights, cameras and sensors to enhance security. Although
former President George W. Bush signed the measure into law, the Democrat-controlled Congress that took over a few months
later ensured it would never be completed by means of an amendment to a 2008 spending bill.
The Current State
of the Border Fence. Recognizing the effectiveness of physical barriers as a means of border control, Congress
first mandated the construction of a border fence in 1996 as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). IIRIRA called for the construction of a 14-mile, triple-layered fence along the boundary between
San Diego and Tijuana. By 2004, only nine miles of fencing were completed. Congress subsequently passed the Secure Fence
Act of 2006. That legislation called for double-layered fencing along the border, augmented by manpower and technology, and directed
the Secretary of Homeland security to construct "reinforced fencing along not fewer than 700 miles of the southwest border, in
locations where fencing is deemed most practical and effective."
Lt. Gov: We'll Stop Trump's Wall with Environmental Suits. President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to
build a border wall along with U.S.-Mexico Border will be challenged through environmental lawsuits, according to California's
second-highest official. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with 'The Golden State Podcast' that
he would use specific environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from being built, at least in southern California.
Obama Family Building a Wall Around New Home. President Barack Obama will reportedly have a big, beautiful wall
around his new home in Washington DC. According to spy photos from TMZ, workers are currently building a brick wall
around the rental home where the Obamas plan to live after leaving the White House. The home was sold in 2014 for
$5,295,000 and has 9 beds and 8.5 bathrooms. It has 8,200 square feet and was built in 1928.
Is Laying The Groundwork For His Border Wall Behind The Scenes. The Trump transition team has asked the
Department of Homeland Security to report how much money is available to build a border wall, and to provide other
information key to implementing the president-elect's immigration proposals. The requests outlined by the transition
team in an early December meeting with DHS officials suggest Trump is serious about his promises to secure the southern
border, deport illegal immigrants and reverse President Obama's executive orders on immigration.
We Go! Republicans In Congress Turn On Trump — Make Move To Stop Border Wall. And here come the charging
RINOs! Intent on stopping President-elect Donald Trump from building a wall on the border. You'll recognize the names... it's
the same [people] every single time: Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski. They join Turban Durbin on drafting a measure
that would allow illegal alien children to stay in the US. Uh, no. In this particular instance, the sins of the father and
mother are the sins of the child. You cannot justify breaking the law because they are children. They should stay with their
family in their country of origin until they come here legally... the right way... through the front door, not the back.
Building the Wall Should Not Be Trump's No. 1 Immigration Priority. Ironically, Donald Trump's marquee
immigration proposal — a border wall, which Mexico will pay for — is the part of his immigration
platform least likely to make much difference. This is not to say it's infeasible or even ill advised. Only about
one-third of the border with Mexico has any kind of fencing, and half of that consists merely of low-rise vehicle barriers
intended to stop truck traffic; anyone can easily climb over or under them (as I myself have done on many occasions).
And the president doesn't need further authorization from Congress to build a physical barrier, although he would eventually
need additional funding.
law already allows Donald Trump to build the wall. There's no shortage of people telling Donald Trump he can't
build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. And maybe, in the end, he won't do it. But at the moment Trump takes
office, he will have the legal authority and the money he needs to get started on the wall. Yes, there will be
obstacles — what's the over/under on the number of lawsuits that will be filed trying to stop it? — but
the fact is, the law is already in place that will allow Trump to go forward. As in other areas of immigration
enforcement, Trump will be able to effect radical change simply by following the law. In this case, it is the Secure
Fence Act, passed in 2006 with bipartisan support — 283 votes in the House and 80 in the Senate, including
then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The Wall: It Will Save Americans Trillions Of Dollars. Each year, illegal Mexican migrant workers send
$24 [billion] back to Mexico in cash transfers. American employers paid them under the table and off the books with
fraudulent identification. They never paid taxes, FICA or Social Security on that money. Their employers wrangled
financial murder for the past 40 years. While illegal alien workers transfer THAT much money annually, all legal and
illegal immigrants account for $120 [billion] sent back to Mexico, South America, Africa and Asia. In other words,
immigrants from all countries bleed America financially to death. At the same time, Mexico smuggles $50 billion
annually of drugs into America across a non-guarded, non-existent border. I've traveled the 1,952 mile Mexican-American
border three times to witness that it allows anyone at any time to enter the USA in thousands of unguarded locations.
65 countries have erected fences on their borders. Globalisation was supposed to tear down barriers, but
security fears and a widespread refusal to help migrants and refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building across the
world, with a third of the world's countries constructing them along their borders. When the Berlin Wall was torn down
a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world. Today, there are 65 either completed or under
construction, according to Quebec University expert Elisabeth Vallet.
shutting off aerial surveillance at border proves the need for border wall. If you talk to a liberal about
solutions for our porous border, they are willing to discuss everything but a fixed, border fence. They'll filibuster
the conversation with talk about aerial surveillance, more border agents, "virtual fencing," cameras, and sensors, etc.
But the minute the discussion turns to a physical barrier on the border, they clam up and adamantly oppose it. Why the
hatred for a physical fence? For one thing, fences work.
Legislator Wants to Sanction Firms That Help Trump Build Border Wall. A bill introduced Wednesday [11/16/2016] in the
Illinois General Assembly would punish any businesses that help the federal government build a wall along the U.S. southern border
by placing them on a "Prohibited Investment List" alongside companies that boycott Israel and do business with Sudan and Iran.
Building the wall between the U.S. and Mexico was a major promise President-elect Donald Trump made to voters during his successful
presidential campaign. It is also the first goal of Trump's "10 Point Plan to Put America First." Trump said he will
"begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one. Mexico will pay for the wall."
Immigration Architect — The Wall Will Be Built and There Will Be No Free Passes. Kansas Secretary of
State Kris Kobach is the architect of the Trump immigration enforcement structures. Working diligently behind the
scenes Kobach is constructing the actual mechanisms and actionable policies that will make President Trump's policy proposals
actually come into fruition.
Clinton's protective wall around Chappaqua estate. Hillary Clinton doesn't miss an opportunity to ridicule Donald Trump's
illegal immigration solution of a wall on the southern border — but that's exactly what she's deployed to keep undesirables away
from her. [...] A series of photos reveal a massive barrier running the entire border of Bill and Hillary Clinton's estate in Chappaqua,
New York — undoubtedly intended to keep the unwashed masses away from the political elites.
Zealot Zuckerberg Angers Neighbors by Building Massive Security Wall Around His Hawaiian Home. The island of
Kauai is a masterpiece of natural beauty. That Zuckerberg would both build a security wall and despoil one of the most
spectacular islands in the world would shame a normal person, but not — of course — any Democrat.
commission approves plan for higher White House fence. A plan to increase the overall height of the fence
surrounding the White House by approximately 6 feet, about doubling its current height, won preliminary approval
from a Washington arts commission Thursday [6/16/2016].
of a Border Wall. Throughout the course of this primary campaign, Donald Trump has taken virtually every
conceivable position on virtually every issue except one. Proving even a blind squirrel can find an acorn, Trump has been
consistent all along that as president he will construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Let's assume for a moment that
Trump is telling the truth; an almost always an iffy proposition where Trump is concerned. However, for the sake of this
discussion I'll graciously take Trump at his word and assume he would make this a priority in his administration.
President Obama Decides to Build a Border Security
Wall. Only Problem: It's in Africa. [Scroll down] Since  not much has been done to secure the Southern border because of
the high-cost of such an initiative. However, it appears that spending billions of dollars on U.S. military personnel and supplies to help
Niger secure their country from Boko Haram terrorists by, of all things, building a wall, is a cost-effective undertaking. Meanwhile, back
in the United States, illegal immigration through the completely wide open border with Mexico is reportedly costing American taxpayers some
$100 billion per year — fully 15 times what it would have cost to build a border fence or wall. Undocumented immigrants
continue to flood in and the threat of real terrorists originating from the middle east and elsewhere remains at an all time high. In fact,
just last year Congressman Jason Chaffetz reported that Federal agents captured four individuals with ties to the Islamic State attempting to cross
into the United States.
Race North as Hungary Builds a Border Fence. Like a movable feast of despair, the mass of people has overwhelmed the
authorities in one stop after another, from the tiny Greek island of Kos to impoverished Macedonia, which declared a state of
emergency last week, and now the train and bus stations of Serbia, as they head north to their ultimate destinations in the
richer nations of the European Union. The next link on their route, almost inevitably, are towns like this one on the
Hungarian frontier with Serbia. But Hungarian officials say they have a firm, if unwelcoming, answer to the slow-motion
tide: a fence.
of walls: How 65 countries have erected fences on their borders. Globalisation was supposed to tear down
barriers, but security fears and a widespread refusal to help migrants and refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building
across the world, with a third of the world's countries constructing them along their borders. When the Berlin Wall was
torn down a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world. Today, there are 65 either completed or
under construction, according to Quebec University expert Elisabeth Vallet.
Begins Construction on Border Wall to Keep Somalis Out. The Kenyan government has
broken ground on a new wall that will span a large swatch of the border between Kenya and Somalia.
While the project had been announced in March, Kenyan authorities appear to have expedited the
groundbreaking in response to the terrorist attack at Garissa University.
Fencing: One Tool among Many. Perhaps 40 percent of the illegal population entered legally and
then overstayed their visas — pointing to laxity not only in tracking foreign visitors but also in
issuing visas to them in the first place. What's more, many illegal aliens sneak through the legal crossing
points — called ports of entry — by either using fraudulent documents or hiding in vehicles.
Nevertheless, controlling the long stretches of the border between ports of entry is essential, and fencing is an
important tool in the border patrol's kit. Consider the situation in El Paso, which used to be
one of the main gateways to the United States for illegal aliens.
Senate Just Proved It Can't Be Trusted On
Border Security. In 2006, Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, requiring 700 miles of double-tiered fencing get built along the Mexican border.
Though the fence would only cover a fraction of that border, President Bush told Americans: "This bill will help protect the American people. This bill
will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform." "We have a responsibility to secure our borders," he added.
"We take this responsibility seriously." Seriously? A year later, Congress quietly passed a law that largely neutered the fence requirement, and today,
only 36 miles of it have been built.
Security Axes Bush-Era 'Virtual Fence' Project. The Department of Homeland Security today [1/14/2011]
officially scrapped a Bush-era program designed to use radar technology to detect illegal immigrants crossing
the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a DHS official and a congressional source.
U.S. ends "virtual fence" project
on Mexican border. President Barack Obama's administration on Friday canceled the troubled "virtual
fence" project meant to better guard stretches of the vast U.S. border with Mexico and will replace it with other
security measures. The project, begun in 2006 and run by Boeing Co, has cost about $1 billion and was
designed to pull together video cameras, radar, sensors and other technologies to catch illegal immigrants and
smugglers trying to cross the porous border.
This is a secure border? Here's some of the
700 miles of border fence the Obama administration takes credit for. "Your grandma could get over or under," notes Mark
The virtual fence is abandoned:
Work to cease
on 'virtual fence' along U.S.-Mexico border. The Obama administration will halt new work on a
"virtual fence" on the U.S.-Mexican border, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday
[3/16/2010], diverting $50 million in planned economic stimulus funds for the project to other purposes.
Napolitano said the freeze on work beyond two pilot projects in Arizona was pending a broader reassessment.
Arizona Can't Wait
Any Longer. Weren't we told, ladies and gentlemen, back in 2007 that amnesty would not be pushed
through Congress until we had secured the border? We were told this after the American people rose up and
opposed amnesty. Work was started on the "virtual fence," right? We were going to secure the border
after 2007 and gonna start work on the virtual fence. Anybody notice how that's been going? ... They
abandoned the virtual fence. They're about to stop funding for it. It was a pretend thing from
the get-go. It was illusory.
virtual border fence in tatters. The Department of Homeland Security, positioning itself to cut
its losses on a so-called invisible fence along the U.S.- Mexico border, has decided not to exercise a
one-year option for Boeing to continue work on the troubled multibillion-dollar project involving high-tech
cameras, radar and vibration sensors. The result, after an investment of more than $1 billion, may
be a system with only 53 miles of unreliable coverage along the nearly 2,000-mile border.
Sheriff Babeu: It's 'An Outrage' Obama Stopped
Building Border Fence. Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., says it is "an outrage" the
Obama administration has stopped building the double-fencing needed to assist the Border Patrol in securing
the U.S.-Mexico border and says it is time for the United States to begin fighting illegal immigration and
drug smuggling directly at the border instead of within the country where it harms American citizens and
Grasp on Self-Governance. After the public stopped the 2007 amnesty bill, a seemingly
repentant Congress promised to build hundreds of miles of double-layered border fence. The lion's share
of the fence was meant to disrupt the high-volume human-trafficking areas along the Arizona-Mexico border.
It was a start. Unfortunately, the start never started. After delays due to land "surveying,"
the border fence has been mostly defunded and forgotten. Petitions over the federal government's failure
to follow through were met with only token promises of extra protection, virtual fences, and more resources
on the border.
builds the crisis, not a fence. In the ongoing chronicle of our broken southern border,
Arizona's Republican Sen. John Kyl charged late last month that in a recent one-on-one meeting, Mr. Obama
told him if he takes steps to secure the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico, Republicans would be less
likely to support comprehensive immigration reform, and therefore he would not do so. Politics: 1,
national security: 0.
Who Tore Down the Virtual Fence?
The need to secure our nation's borders has never been greater. Each and every day unknown thousands of
illegal aliens including, undoubtedly, criminals and terrorists easily make their way across our nation's borders.
Each and every day unknown tons of narcotics and ... other contraband are also smuggled into the United States
even as our nation's leaders talk about concerns about weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) being smuggled into
the United States.
Just Finish the Fence.
Why did building the fence along our southern border stop? Instead of building the fence, Barack Obama
would rather build a political party of illegal aliens and their supporters. Unless we want to be dealing
with immigration problems in perpetuity, the fence must be completed.
After spending hundreds of millions of dollars on it,
Senators Call for Scrapping 'Virtual Fence'.
Two senators said Tuesday [4/20/2010] it's time to consider ending a contract for a "virtual fence" along the
U.S.-Mexico border, contending it doesn't stop illegal immigration.
The government puts the brakes on a problem-plagued "virtual" fence on our border with Mexico. Whatever
happened to the old-fashioned kind? If ever there was a shovel-ready project, this is it.
halts funding for 'virtual fence'. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday
[3/16/2010] that she has cut off funding for a costly surveillance system billed as a "virtual fence" to
protect the Southwest border.
finish in sight for 'virtual' border fence. A multibillion-dollar "virtual fence" along the
southwestern border promised for completion in 2009 to protect the U.S. from terrorists, violent drug
smugglers and a flood of illegal immigrants is a long way from becoming a reality, with government
officials unable to say when, how or whether it will ever be completed.
People From Countries Tied to Terrorism Enter USA through
Mexico. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told senators it is a national security
concern that people from countries with ties to terrorism could 'potentially' gain entry into the United States
by crossing the country's southern border. But according to the Department of Homeland Security's own
reports, thousands of people from 14 "special interest" countries already have come into the United States
illegally, including some across the U.S.-Mexico border.
laws put gaps in Mexico border security. In the battle on the U.S.-Mexico border, the fight against
illegal immigration often loses out to environmental laws that have blocked construction of parts of the "virtual
fence" and that threaten to create places where agents can't easily track illegal immigrants.
Mr. Obama, Put Up That Fence. According
to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), only 32 miles of the called-for 700 by the Congress in 2006 has
been erected by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This is in direct defiance of the will of the majority
of United States citizens and blame lies directly with Presidents Bush and Obama and the current Secretary of DHS, Janet
Napolitano all of whom favored open borders, free entry for illegal aliens and amnesty for those that are already
within our borders.
Feds Have Built Only 32 Miles
of 700 Mile Double-Border Fence. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has built only 32 miles
of double-layer fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border out of the 700 miles originally mandated by a
2006 act of Congress, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Border Fence is Progressing.
The $2.7 billion border "fence" authorized by Congress to be built along stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border is
just over two-thirds finished — and should be mostly complete by the end of the year. But not
everyone is happy with it.
Texas officials sue US over border
fence. Texas mayors and business leaders filed a class-action lawsuit Friday [5/16/2008] alleging
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff hoodwinked landowners into waiving their property rights for
construction of a fence along the Mexican border.
Homeland Security Scrapping, Replacing Sub-Par
Virtual Fence Along Arizona-Mexico Border. The government will replace its highly touted "virtual
fence" on the Arizona-Mexico border with new towers, radars, cameras and computer software, scrapping the
brand-new $20 million system because it doesn't work sufficiently, officials said.
Fence Virtually Gone. When Congress mandated that the Department of Homeland Security build a
200 mile fence along the border with Mexico, DHS decided to make 28 of those miles a "virtual
fence" — electronically monitored so that border security would be notified if anyone was
crossing. Great idea. Too bad it's a spectacular failure.
Southern Fence Will Endanger Species Further. The debate over the fence the United States is building along
its southern border has focused largely on the project's costs, feasibility and how well it will curb illegal immigration.
But one of its most lasting impacts may well be on the animals and vegetation that make this politically fraught landscape
Build the Fence Now.
There is an old saying that a good fence makes for good neighbors. This truism has never been more applicable
than with our Southern neighbor of Mexico. A good fence makes good immigration policy too. Unfortunately,
the current Senate Immigration Bill's focus is not on the fence. It is on making people who've broken the
law legal. Unless we want to be dealing with this issue again in five or 10 years, after millions
more illegals have entered our country, the fence must become the focus of any solution.
Building the first 100 miles of "virtual fence" will take Bush longer than it took FDR to win World War II.
The admission of failure comes two years after Bush announced plans for "the most technologically advanced
border initiative in American history."
Incredible Disappearing Border Fence. It's an object lesson in gesture politics and homeland
insecurity. It's a tale of hollow rhetoric, meaningless legislation and bipartisan betrayal. And
in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, it's a helpful learning tool as you assess the promises of immigration
enforcement converts now running for president.
Senate Turns Back On Border Fence. In a quiet act of defiance, the Senate approved a
$555 billion omnibus spending bill that removed legal requirements mandating the federal government
fund 854 miles of a double layer border fence spanning America's southwestern border. The
funding requirement was codified into law when Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed,
the Secure Fence Act (SFA) in 2006.
A fence we can live with.
A tip of the hat to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for setting aside the environmental laws, as Congress permitted
him to do, to facilitate prompt completion of the remaining 470 miles of fence along the Mexican border. It's good
to see recognition that environmental concerns don't always trump everything else, especially national security.
Hutchison on defensive over border fence
amendment. In an uncharacteristic display of public frustration with party colleagues, Sen. Kay
Bailey Hutchison on Friday [1/11/2008] sharply criticized two Republican congressmen who had accused her of
a stealth effort to derail the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Patrol: 5 New Tricks to Find Smuggler Tunnels. The Department of Homeland Security says
tunnels under the U.S.-Mexico border are proliferating as security is tightened aboveground. The
solution? A sensor network that peers through dirt and rock. The technologies to build it are
being developed with funding from the department's advanced research wing.
GOP Senate's Collective Contempt For Its Base. The physical fence is the outward manifestation of
an inward conviction to respect the will of the people. The rhetoric about virtual fence is
understood — rightly or wrongly but with certainty — to be a ruse
Mexican anger over US 'trespass'.
Mexico's Congress has condemned what it says is a border violation by US workers building a controversial barrier
between the two countries. Legislators say workers and equipment building a section of the barrier have
gone 10 yards into Mexico. The alleged border violation comes ahead of a high-level meeting in the
Canadian capital Ottawa.
Officials Criticize Fence Plan. A new map showing President Bush's planned border fence
has riled Rio Grande Valley officials, who say the proposed barrier reneges on assurances that the
river would remain accessible to farmers, wildlife and recreation.
Texas Cities Block Access to Border Land.
Mayors along the Texas-Mexico border have begun a quiet protest of the federal government's plans to build a
fence along the border: They are refusing to give access to their land. Mayors in Brownsville,
Del Rio and El Paso have denied access to some parts of their city property, turning away federal
employees assigned to begin surveys or conduct other preliminary work on the fence meant to keep out illegal
All talk and no action:
Senate denies funds for new border
fence. Less than two months after voting overwhelmingly to build 370 miles of new fencing along
the border with Mexico, the Senate yesterday [7/13/2006] voted against providing funds to build it.
immigration facade: Even if lawmakers had come up with all the funding to pay for the
fencing — and they didn't — barriers only squeeze more illegal immigrants through
those parts of the border that aren't fenced off. In the 1990s, crackdowns in El Paso and
San Diego sent millions of illegal immigrants to crossing points in the Arizona desert.
for 700-mile border fence falls short. President Bush's budget includes enough money to build only
half the U.S.-Mexico border fence Congress demanded last fall, leaving supporters of a 700-mile barrier seething
Monday and immigration advocates shrugging that it was just an election-year ploy.
building Arizona border fence. Scores of volunteers gathered at a remote ranch
Saturday [5/27/2006] to help a civilian border-patrol group start building a short security
fence in hopes of reducing illegal immigration from Mexico.
Rep. Pelosi criticizes border
fence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a plan to build fencing along parts of the Mexico border
a "terrible idea" that overlooks local communities. Pelosi made the comments during her trip to the Rio
Grande Valley for the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science & Technology Week conference at the University of
Lies about the
fence. An earlier Homeland Security appropriations bill earmarked $1.2 billion for border
security, so a down payment on the fence is available, but there is some question as to whether that money
will or won't be used for the fence, which would cover approximately one-third of our border with Mexico.
One thing is certain, however: The fence represents a great divide — not between Mexico and
the United States, but between those who believe in self-defense and those who don't.
barrier method works. A Monday story by the Reuters news service should be required reading for
anyone opposed to illegal immigration: "Experts see U.S. border fence plan as impractical" is a stunning
example of the intellectual dishonesty of Big Media and apologists for illegal aliens. And surely the
most stunning, how oblivious both seem to be about it.
Senate Vote, Congress Passes Border Fence Bill. The Senate gave final approval last night
to legislation authorizing the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing on the
U.S.-Mexico border, shelving President Bush's vision of a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration
laws in favor of a vast barrier.
protecting fragile areas on border. Only a few steps north of the barbed-wire fence that
separates the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge from Mexico is a chain of steel sawhorses that could
help save a park trampled by illicit visitors and littered with trash and rusting vehicles.
Company donates hi-tech fencing for Minuteman
group. A Washington-based company is donating up to $7 million worth of fiber-optic
security fencing material for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to use in any new barriers the group
erects to try to keep illegal immigrants out of Arizona.
Wall Costs Worth It. Now that
Congress is voting to build fences, punish burrowing illegals, and require Real ID's ofr citizens,
(agri-)businessmen and consumers are aghast that improving border security already costs them. The
added expense isn't just in resources like fence lumber, brick mortar, technology, and security manpower.
No, it's hitting home now that the new efforts to restrict illegal immigration may cause serious economic
disruptions. Have you noticed the cost of lettuce lately?
Senate OKs Border Fence, Mulls
Citizenship. The Senate voted to build 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the
Mexican border Wednesday [5/17/2006] and clashed over citizenship for millions of men and women who
live in the United States illegally.
Fence or no fence,
what's all the fuss about? History has shown that immigrants in search of freedom and prosperity
will climb over, tunnel under, or circumvent any fence. But if fencing helps pass a broad-based reform
bill, so be it.
Minutemen Gaining in Immigration
Debate. Minuteman organizers say this spring's marches have proved to be an unexpected
recruitment tool for Americans who feel uneasy about the burgeoning immigration movement but may have
considered the organization a pack of gun-toting vigilantes.
Minutemen turn away Arab news
crew. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has canceled plans for an Al Jazeera news crew to
interview volunteers patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border today after volunteers threatened to walk off
rattling Arizonans. After long downplaying the number of incursions along the Southwestern
border, top Border Patrol officials now acknowledge such incidents are all too common. Over the past
decade, the Department of Homeland Security has reported 231 incursions along the border, including 63 in
The Official Minuteman Civil
Defense Corps web site.
is key to any reform. Every sensible immigration policy has two objectives: (1) to
regain control of our borders so that it is we who decide who enters, and (2) to find a way to normalize
and legalize the situation of the 11 million illegals among us. Start with the second. No
one of good will wants to see these 11 million suffer. But the obvious problem is that
legalization creates an enormous incentive for new illegals to come.
Why a 'Virtual Fence' Is a Virtual
Farce: The notion that cameras mounted on Predator drones obviate the need for physical
barrier infrastructure should be dismissed as absurd on its face, yet several senators are promoting it
seriously. Upon examination, however, what they describe as a virtual fence is no such thing. They
do not describe a barrier, they describe a detection system.
Border Fence is
legitimate self-defense. Build a double border fence all the way from San Ysidro to Brownsville,
and patrol it well. Where geography prevents construction of a physical fence, deploy other resources
in sufficient number to shut down illegal crossings.
Highway sound barriers as
border fences? As discussion of erecting a security fence along U.S. borders with Mexico
and Canada heats up, some analysts say it's possible Washington could economically erect thousands of
miles of barrier to keep out illegal aliens, smugglers and terrorists, for about half of what the
Pentagon is spending a month to fight the war on terror.
the border? Social Security used to be called the third rail of politics but
illegal immigration is the real third rail that both political parties are afraid to touch. Cops
who find illegal aliens are under orders not to turn them in to the feds. And the federal
government's own border guards have their hands tied by the higher-ups as well.
to vote on bill that waives environmental laws. Congress is
expected to vote next week on a measure that would allow completion of a controversial
triple-fencing project along the U.S.-Mexico border near Imperial Beach [California] without
complying with state or federal environmental safeguards. The triple-fencing
project would run along the westernmost 3.5 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.