Will There Be a Border Wall?

Then-candidate Donald Trump ran on several policies, many of which drew the support of Republicans and Democrats alike. These policies were typical, but for some reason forgotten in politics, pro-American stances that much of America wants, and on Nov. 8, 2016, they elected.

So can the president actually get a wall built before his run for reelection in 2020?

First, let’s try to find some context to the situation. The first thing to notice is that once again Congress must approve and send a federal spending bill to the president to get out of the government shutdown.

Second, while the Democrats won the midterm elections last month, they don’t move in until January of next year. This means that Republicans still have a majority in both houses of Congress, and will continue to hold the presidency, the federal bureaucracy, and the Supreme Court.

Third, many Republicans are on board. The president has seen support from GOP allies such as Sen. Rand Paul (R, KY), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R, SC), House majority whip Steve Scalise (R, LA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R, OH), and many others.

Why, then, is it so hard to get funds for a border wall? It’s not because it is too expensive, because the border wall would cost very little compared to the social budget, for example, which includes welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and others.

One other argument against the border wall is that it displays the country’s racism to other nations, and not allowing thousands of unskilled labor into our country is the biggest form of racism. This isn’t true, and I question the sincerity of those who believe it. If they were true to their word, then they would not need to lock their doors at night, protect their property from invaders and thieves, or even secure a good living for their own children. After all, they believe in open borders. To remain consistent in their own argument, they must believe that literally anyone can come into their house unannounced, demand for food, a bed to sleep on, and the jobs of the people who live there. After all, they believe in open borders.

One other argument is that President Trump wants a wall because he believes that all foreigners who come into this country are rapists, thieves, drug dealers, and others engaged in criminal activities. As a result, the term xenophobic gets thrown around regarding President Trump’s foreign policy. This argument can be torn down quickly with the use of a few statistics found online. The fact is that while many immigrants are good people, it is silly to suggest that they are all angels. Yes, illegal immigration has brought drugs into this country and created a real problem. In 2005, federal investigators believed that as much as 2.2 million kilograms of cocaine and 11.6 kilograms of marijuana were smuggled into the United States via the Mexican border in 2005. Furthermore, the House Intelligence Committee released a report warning Americans against the organized crime going on at the southwest border. 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports that the Mexican drug syndicates operating today along our Nation’s Southwest border are far more sophisticated and dangerous than any of the other organized criminal groups in America’s law enforcement history. Indeed, these powerful drug cartels, and the human smuggling networks and gangs they leverage, have immense control over the routes into the United States and continue to pose formidable challenges to our efforts to secure the Southwest border. … The cartels operate along the border with military grade weapons, technology and intelligence and their own respective paramilitary enforcers. … This new breed of cartel is not only more violent, powerful and well financed, it is also deeply engaged in intelligence collection on both sides of the border.

There are several statistics that can be found to counter illegal immigration. It is not the job of the United States to shelter every refugee and migrant in the world, but I digress. The president seems to have taken a stand for the people who elected him, effectively shutting down the government because Congress would not approve a spending bill that included funds for a border wall. 

In conclusion, the president seems to be winning this battle between himself and the Democrats in Congress, and keeping the government under has worked before to squeeze a deal out of Congress. Only time will tell if the president will cave to Congress’ demands, but history tells us that this option is anything but probable. On the other hand, the Democrats may have to give the president what he wants or be blamed for the implosion of their beloved social programs such as welfare, Social Security, and Medicaid. 

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