The last government shutdown ended because Democrats stood firm against President Trump’s border wall. But funding will soon run out again, talks between Democrats and Republicans are in crisis, and Mr. Trump remains committed: “The Wall will get built one way or the other!” he tweeted on Saturday. The Senate’s minority leader, Chuck Schumer, has made it clear that Mr. Trump won’t get his way: “Democrats are against the wall.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has admirably enforced party discipline, has called the wall “immoral.” Yet at the same time, Ms. Pelosi has emphasized that “Democrats are committed to border security.” She has critiqued the wall on the narrow grounds that government should instead employ “evidence-based knowledge about how we best secure our border.” James Clyburn, the majority whip, fleshed out what that might look like: a “smart wall,” including more Border Patrol agents. … [Read more...] about The Case Against ‘Border Security’
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WASHINGTON – Democrats have rejected President Donald Trump's border wall as ineffective, expensive and immoral. So what are their solutions to border security? Among them: Better technology. Increased hiring for ports of entry. Improved infrastructure, such as fencing. Democrats also unveiled legislation last year to expand refugee processing in Central American countries and to disrupt drug cartels. To Trump, Democrats' plan shows they "do not care about Open Borders" and that without a wall "there can be no real Border Security." He is calling for $5.7 billion for a border wall and plans to make his case in a prime-time address on the "humanitarian and national security crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border. Several television networks agreed to air Democrats' response. There are a range of opinions within the Democratic caucus on immigration, from moderates who favor tighter security measures to progressives who want to abolish … [Read more...] about If they don’t want a wall, what are Democrats’ border security solutions?
For a sense of the true cost of his government shutdown, now deep into its #shutdownstories making the rounds. With even a quick peek beyond his bubble, the president could learn much about the legions of government employees and contractors who spent the holiday season agonizing over how to cover their next mortgage payment or electric bill or trip to the grocery store if this political charade drags on much longer. Let’s be clear: This fight is not about security. Contrary to Mr. Trump’s claims, there is no flood of savage foreigners pouring across the border. Even so, reasonable Democrats and Republicans acknowledge a need for some mix of more staff, better technology and, yes, fencing — as well as humane and sensible immigration and asylum policies. Achieving all of that has proved a tall order even for competent administrations. But it’s why Congress, on a bipartisan basis, has already been allocating more money for border security — To avoid the … [Read more...] about Trump’s Shutdown Is Not About Border Security
HOW TO SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE EDITOR We need to fund border security legislation now Border security has been viewed as a “temper tantrum" from President Donald Trump. I suggest the tantrum is coming from Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and others who attack the president on a daily basis. I have written before about our Iowa girl who was brutally murdered by an illegal alien. If E-verify were in effect, that individual would have been deported long before he committed that evil act. Open borders, sanctuary cities and chain migration are not winning me over. There is no question that crime is coming over our southern border. Our brave border patrol, ICE agents, FBI and others are doing a herculean job in corralling the evil at tremendous risk to themselves. Fund security for our borders, I don’t care whether it is a wall or a combination of fences or technology – just fund it. Democrats, you can come up with your own … [Read more...] about Letters: We need to fund border security legislation now
Story highlights The Senate's immigration bill calls for doubling the size of the border patrol The House is debating a strong security component to its bill, too Those who live on the border have a nuanced view of security Many want work permits for undocumented immigrants Joe Metz, a straight-talking Texas rancher on the U.S.-Mexico border, awoke recently to find 50 cows roaming freely in his front yard. Undocumented immigrants, he says, left a gate open as they crossed his land, which abuts the Rio Grande. For years, he's witnessed migrants and drug smugglers touch American soil for the first time on his property. "We deal with this every day," he said. But as a rancher in Hidalgo County, he also knows firsthand the need for labor to keep producers in the Rio Grande Valley operating. The traffic through his land frustrates him -- particularly the potentially dangerous drug traffic -- but he acknowledges that most crossers are looking for opportunity. It is an open secret … [Read more...] about For those living on border, security is complicated subject