In 2006 Senator Chuck Schumer voted to build 700 miles of fence on the US-Mexico border. What exactly did they vote for in 2006? Well, the Secure Fence Act of 2006 authorized approximately 700 miles of fencing along certain stretches of land between the border of the United States and Mexico. It also authorized the use of more vehicle barriers, check points and lighting. Including advanced technology such as satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Secure Fence Act passed in the Senate with a vote of 80 to 19.
So, what is President Trump asking for that is so unreasonable? Out of the 2000 miles of unprotected border Trump’s team feels that about 1000 miles of that needs to have a physical barrier. The other 1000 does not need man made barriers due to natural barriers already in place. They are estimating it will cost between $8 billion and $12 billion to complete this project.
At a press conference held in the White House briefing room on Jan 3, 2018, Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council asked for support of Trump’s proposal. “I promise you, if you interview Border Patrol agents, they will tell you that walls work. I worked in Naco, Arizona for ten years. We didn’t have physical barriers in Naco and illegal immigration and drug smuggling was absolutely out of control. We built those walls, those physical barriers, and illegal immigration dropped exponentially. Anywhere you look, where we have built walls, they have worked.” Judd went on to say, “We need those physical barriers and we appreciate President Trump and all his efforts in getting us those physical barriers.”
Art Del Cueto, the council’s vice president also spoke at the press briefing. He spoke about his agents being affected by the government shutdown. “It comes down to border security, and we’re extremely grateful to President Trump and we fully support what he is doing to take care of our nation’s borders, to take care of the future of this United States.” He even went on to say that “It has nothing to do with political parties.”
Cueto’s last statement should be true, but I fear it is not. As I write this Nancy and Chuck have doubled down on their stance of no money for a wall. Instead they want to fund programs that will give illegal immigrants access to US benefits. Just look at Cuomo pardoning 22 immigrants that were at risk for deportation, mostly because of drug-related charges. He also commuted the sentences of seven other individuals, including four for murder and three for armed robbery.
What we need is to see our government work for the safety of the American people. But I fear those days are behind us. We are now in a situation where the left and right will oppose and dig in just to say “They won”, but the United States is actually the one losing everything in this fight.
- Contributed by an anonymous volunteer.