Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Wall, Deportations, and if Mexico will pay for it

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Overall, since the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, illegal immigration has decreased about 70%.  The Wall, while not built yet, is already having an impact on the illegal alien problem in the United States.

My wife was born in Mexico, and immigrated here legally.  She naturalized in 2007.  When Donald Trump emerged on the scene, and he said he wanted to build a wall, she said, "That's my guy."  She supported Trump from the very beginning.

I was a Scott Walker supporter, myself.

When Arizona passed their immigration law a few years ago, the border crossings into Arizona decreased, and many illegal aliens in that State self-deported.  In short, in addition to putting up a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico, if we were to enforce the laws on the books, and stop giving the illegals free stuff, a large segment of the illegal alien population would self-deport.

As for the border wall, the reality is that near the border towns in the United States a fence or barrier already exists because those cities want to curb the illegal influx into their towns.  The real need for the wall is along the areas where there is no population, and where the fence along the American-Mexican border either does not exist, or it is a three or four wire barbed-wire fence that can be easily navigated.

Ranchers John Ladd and Fred Davis agree that the mere presence of a President in the White House willing to execute the immigration laws of the United States is a great deterrent when it comes to illegal migration into this country. In fact, they invited House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to see the southern border from their property, but she never responded.

Instead, the left-wing Democrat San Francisco member of the House of Representatives claims the border wall is “immoral, expensive, unwise.”

On Fox & Friends Ladd said border crossings by illegal aliens across his property has decreased 90% to 95% since Donald Trump took office.

That's a nice decrease when Ladd's research using Border Patrol data has determined approximately 500,000 illegal aliens have crossed his property in the 30 years he’s owned it.

Davis said the wall, which he said is one tool, is necessary to stop drug cartels and other criminals from entering the U.S.

“You’ve got to put boots on the ground to make it effective, and that’s been part of the problem on what places they have a wall now,” he said.

Funding for the wall has been pretty rough, however.  Congress is not real eager to include a down payment for a wall spanning the entire southern border in the upcoming spending bill.

The GOP says that first the immigration laws must be enforced, the wall can come later.  Democrats say they will reject the funding bill if the wall is included, which the Democrats believe their refusal to play along would be enough to shut down the government. Trump told a group of reporters he invited to the White House on Monday that he was open to getting funding for the wall in September when Congress debates the 2018 budget.

Note: The concept that not passing a funding bill or resolution will shut down the government is a misnomer.  Most mechanisms are funded automatically, regardless of a budget bill, or resolution.  While there would be some budget restrictions in some portions of the federal government should the bill not be made law in time, for the most part the overall functioning of the federal government would remain unaffected.  Besides, most of the funding the Democrats cry would not be covered are unconstitutional in the first place, anyway.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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