After 19 months in office, president Trump appears to be preparing to act on building the Mexican border wall. The Daily Mail reports:
President Donald Trump said Friday that he’s considering using military resources to finish construction of his long-promised border wall instead of relying on Congress to fund the project through the Homeland Security Department’s budget.
He also wouldn’t eliminate the possibility of a government shutdown if Democrats continue to confound his efforts to appropriate money for the project on the U.S.- Mexico border.
“We have two options,” he told DailyMail.com aboard Air Force One as he flew from Billings, Montana to Fargo, North Dakota. “We have military, we have homeland security.”
He was asked specifically about using the Army Corps of Engineers as a taxpayer-funded construction crew.
This is great news. The do-nothing Congress is AWOL on The Wall. Trump should go around Congress if necessary. No more waiting. And Trump is going to build The Wall.
Nikitas3.com has been advocating possible military funding for The Wall since Trump was elected. After all The Wall is a national security issue. It would stop foreign agents from entering the US including those who are violent or terrorists or spies while others bring killer drugs or are human traffickers.
It is being reported that the US spends $135 billion per year on illegal aliens and thus we know that The Wall would start paying for itself right away.
The $25 billion Wall would immediately save billions every year on border enforcement and also on policing costs in the interior. And as we eject millions of illegals, focusing on the violent ones and drug traffickers, we could start saving large amounts of money on capture, court costs, incarceration, welfare, food stamps, etc. Thus The Wall would easily pay for itself, and pretty quickly.
This is also why president Trump needs to replace attorney general Jeff Sessions with someone who will start prosecuting political and law-enforcement officials who are establishing “sanctuary” policies allowing hundreds of thousands of criminals to stay in the US and escape detection, arrest and deportation.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, which is seeking to slow and then halt illegal immigration, reported:
… FAIR now estimates that there are approximately 12.5 million illegal alien residents. This number uses FAIR’s previous estimates but adjusts for suspected changes in levels of unlawful migration, based on information available from the Department of Homeland Security, data available from other federal and state government agencies, and other research studies completed by reliable think tanks, universities, and other research organizations.
FAIR also reported in 2016:
Criminal aliens — non-citizens who commit crimes — are a growing threat to public safety and national security, as well as a drain on our scarce criminal justice resources. In 1980, our federal and state prisons housed fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens. Today, about 55,000 criminal aliens account for more than one-fourth of prisoners in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities, and there are about 297,000 criminal aliens incarcerated in state and local prisons. That number represents about 16.4 percent of the state and local prison population compared to the 12.9 percent of the total population comprised of foreign-born residents.
And don’t think that it is just Mexicans and Central Americans coming in over the Mexican border. Breitbart News reports:
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents continue to lead the nation in the apprehension of Bangladeshi nationals who illegally cross the border from Mexico into Texas. More than 100 were arrested in the past three weeks — totaling 622 this fiscal year.
Mexico is a preferred destination for people from all over the world to enter the US illegally.
The Daily Mail continued:
Trump said he would prefer to fund the ambitious (border wall) construction “the old-fashioned way – get it from Congress – but I have other options if I have to.”
Trump is seeking $25 billion for the wall .
The possibility of diverting Pentagon funding and assets to build a border wall is a hole card the president is holding but has never directly acknowledged before.
Two Defense Department officials told DailyMail.com in August that the Army Corps of Engineers could take on the task.
“They build levees that hold back massive walls of water,” one said of the agency. “They can build one to hold back drugs and human traffickers.”
The White House appears headed for another confrontation with Congress over an increase in funding for the project after securing $1.6 billion for (2017) and the same amount for this year.
$25 billion is peanuts compared to the good that The Wall will do to protect us and our economy and stop the flood of illegals. The damage is not just monetary; it affects our sense of safety and security and our cultural identity too.
Thus while we need to build the whole wall to announce to the world that we mean business The Wall already is being re-built in one area. The New York Post reported on June 2, 2018:
A 14-mile section of President Trump’s border wall is under construction in San Diego, at a cost of $147 million.
The money comes from the omnibus spending bill that Trump signed in March. The legislation included a $1.6 billion down payment on the “great, great” wall that – Trump promised throughout his presidential campaign – would stretch across the nation’s southern border.
The San Diego wall will reach up to 30 feet high, topped with a sheer vertical “anti-climbing plate” that offers no hand- or footholds for illicit border crossers.
It will replace a long stretch of 8-to-10-foot-high metal fencing that was built in the 1990s out of scrap metal and repurposed steel plates. Rusted and wobbly in places, the old wall has been no match for drug smugglers and human traffickers.
The bollard-style design of the new wall mimics a model already in use in other spots along California’s border with Mexico, said Vincent C. Pirro of the San Diego Sector Border Patrol – not one of the pricey new prototypes that Trump viewed on a visit to California in March.
So the president has $1.453 billion left. This is a good start; things are happening. We need to see construction continue in areas where the crossings are most numerous and then branch out into the remote desert areas as funding increases and construction progresses. The Daily Mail reports:
The possibility looms that the president will refuse to sign the next federal budget, due September 30, if lawmakers don’t go along with more installments (on funding the border wall). That would trigger a government shutdown.
“… – I would do it,” he said aboard Air Force One (about a government shutdown), “because I think it’s a great political issue.”
But he said some Republicans in Congress, facing tough re-election fights, have counseled more patience.
“They have races, they’re doing well, they’re up,” Trump explained. “And you know, the way they look at it: might be good, might be bad.”
So what? Who cares? If these Republicans want to avoid a shutdown then they should vote to fund The Wall. Period. End of story. That will help them win re-election.
They should have funded The Wall already. But they have not done so because they are cowards. And now they are squealing that the election is near.
Nikitas3.com recommends: Act now, Mister President. The timing is perfect. You will not have this option after the election if Democrats win the House.
And if you aren’t going to do a shutdown then use military funds and personnel. One way or another you must build The Wall in its entirety. No more excuses. The Daily Mail reported:
In Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday evening the president assured a crowd of about 600 supporters that “we’re building the wall!”
“It works so easily!” he said. “They say walls don’t work? Tell Israel.”
Indeed. Here is Wikipedia describing the Israeli West Bank barrier:
The Israeli West Bank barrier or wall … is a separation barrier in the West Bank along the Green Line. Israel considers it a security barrier against terrorism… At a total length of 708 kilometres (440 mi) upon completion…
The barrier was built during the Second Intifada that began in September 2000, and was defended by the Israeli government as necessary to stop the wave of violence inside Israel that the uprising had brought with it. The Israeli government says that the barrier has been effective, as the number of suicide bombings carried out from the West Bank fell from 73 (between 2000 and July 2003 – the completion of the “first continuous segment”), to 12 (from August 2003 to the end of 2006).
So there you go. Walls work very well; that is why liberals don’t want The Wall on the border. Because they know that it would work. Walls have been used throughout history. Who could forget the greatest wall of all, The Great Wall of China.
Everyone knows that walls work well including many wealthy American liberals who oppose the border wall. But they sure have installed protective walls around their homes like the Clintons have done in the suburbs north of New York City; like Obama in Washington, DC; and like open-borders Facebook mega-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg in Hawaii. The Huffington Post reported on June 30, 2016:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is building a wall. … a brick and mortar, Donald Trump kind of wall. And his neighbors on the Hawaiian island of Kauai are not happy about it.
Back in 2014, Zuckerberg bought a 700-acre property on the island for more than 100 million dollars, Forbes reported. The beachfront property, located on Kauai’s northeast shore, is a huge chunk of land — and Zuckerberg, 32, reportedly wants to make it as private as possible.
Now that the 6-foot-high wall is under construction along the perimeter of the property, some of Zuckerberg’s island neighbors are voicing their concerns, saying the wall blocks both the ocean view and the breeze.
The American Mirror reported on January 18, 2017:
It turns out Barack Obama does believe in building protective walls — for himself.
Photos were published on Wednesday showing crews erecting brick pillars and fencing around the Northwest DC property the soon-to-be former First Family will inhabit for the next two years.
Meanwhile The American Mirror also reports:
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.
So why do these open-borders liberals want walls for themselves but no wall to protect the rest of us?
Answer: Because liberals are hypocrites and the richer they are the more hypocritical they become.
Meanwhile The Washington Times reports:
Assaults on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents reached a decade high and assaults on Border Patrol agents have also surged in recent years, according to new government numbers that seem to back up agents’ claims that illegal immigrants are increasingly looking to fight rather than flee.
The new numbers, reported by Homeland Security’s inspector general, could even be underselling the problem, investigators said, because the government doesn’t do a good job of tracking incidents, and agents and officers don’t always report them properly.
But the report does signal renewed danger particularly on the southwest border, where agents say a surge in illegal immigration in recent years generally correlates with growing violence.
… At the border, the most frequent method of attack was projectiles — usually large rocks — which accounted for half of assaults. But bombs, clubs, knives, guns and even laser pointers to blind agents have all been used.
This is happening as illegals have become accustomed to crossing the border without interference under Obama and don’t want their free pass taken away.
Second the leaders in the illegal trafficking network in Mexico follow US news reports and know that left-wing Americans are protesting that ICE is evil and should be dismantled. This filters down and encourages the illegals themselves to become more and more aggressive. The Washington Times continues:
Customs and Border Protection recorded 1,089 assaults in 2010, which steadily dropped through 2014, when there were just 381 assaults. But things turned violent once again, steadily rising to 856 assaults in 2017.
Last year was the most violent this decade at the border, with 28 assaults per every 10,000 apprehensions.
In the interior, meanwhile, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers saw 48 assaults in 2017, tying 2010 as the highest in records going back to the beginning of the decade.
That was nearly double the number from 2016.
ICE officers, who handle deportations, and Border Patrol agents, who patrol the line between the U.S. and Mexico, say they’ve seen an increasing willingness on the part of migrants to resort to violence in recent years.
It is no coincidence that this “willingness… to resort to violence” coincides with the increasing willingness of ‘antifa’ thugs and others within the US to use violence against Republicans, Trump supporters, the police and ICE.
In other words, it is the same violent people on either side of the border.
Mr. President! Build The Wall! No more excuses!
Is Trump Preparing to Act on Venezuela?
The Trump administration held secret meetings with rebellious military officers from Venezuela over the last year to discuss their plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, according to U.S. officials and a former Venezuelan military commander who participated in the talks.
… The White House, which declined to answer detailed questions about the talks, said in a statement that it was important to engage in “dialogue with all Venezuelans who demonstrate a desire for democracy” in order to “bring positive change to a country that has suffered so much under Maduro.”
This is good news. The communist Maduro has destroyed the nation of Venezuela with his policies, and ruined a once-great country that was the wealthiest in South America. Venezuela has some of the world’s largest oil reserves yet communism has reduced it to literal starvation, as it always does.
Trump knows well that he can only assist an uprising; he would never send an invading US army. He saw what happened in Iraq. He knows that America can help most effectively with air strikes and special-ops forces.
Targets can be easily entered into the computers for ‘smart’ bombs dropped from US fighter jets – the homes of the communist leaders, their headquarters, their country estates, their hiding places, etc. This targeting information is surely already in the hands of our military.