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HOW WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP FUND THE BORDER WALL?

Illegal drugs pouring across the southern border, terrorists and criminals crossing with ease, children and young women smuggled over the border for sex trafficking, and hundreds of thousands illegally entering the U.S. every year.  Without a wall, Democrat Presidents would let immigrants in because most will eventually vote Democrat, legally or illegally.  President Trump, as president, wants to fix this problem.  He apparently can’t get it through the U.S. Senate because passage there requires 60 votes and there are not 60 Republican Senators.  How therefore can the President get a wall built?

Before I go any further I need to inform you of my bias on this subject: I had three friends in Denver, Colorado who were from Colombia, South America, two of whom were jailed for two months and then deported back to Colombia.  They had come to America seeking asylum for the mother of a son who was killed by terrorists, as well as asylum for her daughter and son-in-law to care for her.  While the elderly mother was granted political asylum, her daughter and son-in-law were not because the mother already had another daughter living in the U.S. that could take care of her.  ICE (US Immigration & Customs Enforcement) grabbed my two friends at their workplace and put them in a detention center for about two months before deporting them.  I visited them every night…it was a horrible experience for them.

I mentioned the above because you need to know my bias on the subject of immigration…it tugs at my heartstrings and makes me uneasy to talk about, but talk about it I must.  First, I can understand how someone in another country might want to come to America to seek a job and a better life for his or her family, even if done illegally, or for many other reasons.  On the other hand, I can understand why the U.S. would want to control the number of immigrants coming into the country and know exactly who they are, especially in this age of terrorism, drug smuggling, and human trafficking.  Illegal immigration over the U.S.’s southern border has become so very political that it’s almost impossible to discuss it without emotions overpowering reasoning, but we need to at least try.

Immigration is out of control through: 1)illegal border crossings, 2)U.S. Visa overstays, 3)family chain immigration, and, 4)Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery) immigration.  It’s costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars and has facilitated narcotics throughout America, as well as significantly increasing violent crime in our cities and towns.  The backbone of President Trump’s plan to stop illegal immigration is the construction of a 30-ft. high border wall along about 500 miles of the 2,000-mile border the U.S. shares with Mexico. With a wall, it doesn’t matter if the next President wants open borders…the wall would funnel illegal aliens to enter legally only through legal ports of entry located all along our southern border.

There are a number of tangential issues surrounding the immigration issue, such as what do we do with the 20 million or more undocumented workers currently in the U.S., but these issues can all be resolved once the border wall is built and illegal immigration completely stopped.  Finally, although the human suffering surrounding this issue on all sides is tragic, I think the best solution for everyone is to build the wall and enforce immigration laws.  This currently is the most important issue facing the United States.  But how can President Trump build the border wall  if the partial government shutdown doesn’t work?  Here’s how…

If the Democrat House of Representatives does not approve of some funding for the border wall, he will declare and prove that the situation is a national security emergency and, as such, will have extraordinary authority and will use it to get the funds from the military’s budget and use them to build the wall.  Of course, if Senate leader Mitch McConnell changes Senate rules to allow Senate passage with 51 Senate votes instead of the current 60, that would help solve the problem.  Keep watching…

 

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