For those not familiar with this blog, let me begin by stating that I’m an independent who votes issues – two issues in particular: trade policy and immigration. These two issues dwarf all others in importance because of the role of population growth – the United States’ own population growth and the imported effects through trade with grossly overpopulated nations – in driving up unemployment and poverty. Obama promised to address the trade deficit and I voted for him. He reneged on that promise and I did not vote for him the 2nd time around. Trump promised to address both the trade deficit and immigration, so I voted for him. Trump’s doing a good job on both fronts – at least the best he can, given the push-back by the globalists in the media, in Congress and even among his own staff.
But a good communicator he isn’t. I thought he missed some key points in his address last night. So I’ll try to fill in the gaps. First of all, it’s just common sense for any nation to build a physical barrier along any border that’s under constant assault, as our southern border has been for many decades. The cost – a few billion dollars – is minuscule – chump change compared to the annual federal budget. The federal government is constantly looking for new ways to inject stimulus into the economy to offset the economic drain caused by the massive trade deficit. Virtually every penny spent on building a wall would create jobs, just as it does in infrastructure projects.
Claims by the Democrats that a physical barrier isn’t an effective tool against illegal immigration are, at face value, absolutely preposterous. If a physical barrier isn’t effective, then why do so many senators and congressmen live in gated communities, as Trump pointed out? Why do prisons have walls? Why are airports fenced? For heaven’s sake, even landfills have fences around them!
In the lead-in stories on the major networks that covered Trump’s address, they reported on the decline in border apprehensions. From the year 2000 to 2018, border apprehensions have declined from 1.6 million per year to 400,000 last year. Is that proof that a crisis doesn’t exist? No. What happened after those 1.6 million apprehensions in 2000? Virtually all of those illegal immigrants, once processed, were released into the general population. They, and the problems they brought with them, were here to stay. Now, however, Trump has taken a zero tolerance approach to the problem, trying to detain all until either their requests for asylum can be validated or they can be deported. The detention facilities are bursting at the seams. Children are separated from their families. A couple have died from the flu. (No mention of the hundreds of American kids who die from the flu every year.)
There’s the crisis. Even at the reduced levels of apprehension, the sheer numbers dwarf our ability to deal with them quickly and humanely. Just because a crisis has been ignored for decades doesn’t make it any less a crisis. Just because what needed to be done decades ago was never done doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it now. The very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Expecting the illegal immigration problem to just magically go away without putting up a barrier is insane.
The onslaught of migrants fleeing wars in the Middle East and famine and poverty in northern Africa for Europe has been universally described as a humanitarian crisis. Since the beginning of that crisis a few years ago, Europe has taken in about 800,000 migrants and is struggling mightily to cope with the results. The United States, with approximately the same population and geographical area as Europe, has been invaded by an even greater number of illegal immigrants yearly, year in and year out, decade after decade. And yet, Democrats (along with plenty of Republicans) deny that a crisis exists. Given their “druthers,” many Democrats would prefer to ignore the problem altogether and leave the border wide open. Hillary Clinton is a self-proclaimed open border advocate.
Enough is enough. If Democrats can’t stomach the thought of admitting that Trump is right on this issue and pony up the chump change needed to build the wall and re-open the government, then Trump should proceed without them. If the Democrats didn’t want Trump to declare a crisis, then they shouldn’t have described the conditions at the detention facilities as a crisis. Declare an emergency and immediately start building the wall. Of course there’ll be a legal challenge. So what? The wall can be finished by the time that winds its way through the courts.
If that fails, here’s an idea: put a road on top of the wall and bury the funding in a transportation bill!