By: Brian Evans
When President Trump appeared at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, he said that…
“We’ve actually started a big, big portion of the wall today at a very important location, and it’s going to go up pretty quickly over the next nine months.”
Conservatives have criticized him for not starting the construction of the wall, as they assumed it was just campaign fodder for his crowd. However, one thing that they should know about him now is, if he says he will do something, he WILL DO IT OR EXHAUST EVERY EFFORT TO GET IT DONE!
Then on Tuesday, the day after his rally, he announced that in regards to the wall…
“We just started a big, big section on the Rio Grande.”
Now, it has been confirmed, as it is a section that was funded by Congressional Republicans last year. In fact, they are currently working on six miles of concrete and steel barrier walls, as specified by the border patrol. The wall is composed of hollow steel slats, filled with concrete, as to make it see-through, and impermeable to cutting and breaking! Border agents said that this type of barrier is EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL IN DETERRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!
In addition, the Border Patrol said that wall will be supported by…
“detection technology, lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road parallel.”
Now, as the President continues to push for additional funding to continue and complete the border security wall or barrier, there are several options on the table for him.
For example, the Texas Statehouse is planning to introduce legislation for funding of the wall that President Trump has been proposing, as they fear the massive influx of illegals, criminal aliens, MS-13 gang members, drug dealers, drugs, human and sex traffickers, and more! In fact, State Reps. Kyle Biedermann and Briscoe Cain said that they plan to introduce legislation soon that would finance $2.5 billion of wall construction along the Texas border with Mexico They said that the money that they appropriate would be used…
“to design, test, construct, and install physical barriers, roads, and technology along the international land border between the State of Texas and Mexico to prevent illegal crossings in all areas.”
They also pointed out that they would utilize Texas owned companies and Texans themselves to build the wall along their southern border with Mexico since it was money procured from Texan taxpayers!
Preference for the contracts and awarding of bids, Biedermann added, “for all phases of construction” would be given to Texans and Texas-owned entities. Reports indicate that Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) is behind the proposal, as he has been pushing for and in support of President Trump’s America First agenda, as well as, his fight for the security of our nation, including Texas!
Also, the President could National Emergency or invoke 10 United States Code § 284! In fact, Defense Department officials from the Pentagon testified to Congress, that President Trump does not need approval from Congress, nor does he have to declare a national emergency to continue the construction of the border wall. For example, 10 United States Code § 284, explicitly authorizes the U.S. military to legally build barriers at the southern border.
Also, on Monday night, Congressional negotiators said that they had reached a deal that will be offered to President Trump for border security. However, the amount that they are offering to fund a wall was reduced from the $5.7 Billion to $1.3 Billion.
While Sean Hannity slammed the deal, Rush Limbaugh put his support behind it and said that he would personally support it, take the 1.3 Billion, and then get the rest of the funds elsewhere. Regardless, the President has remained cautious, and said to law enforcement on Tuesday, that he is evaluating the legislation while looking for potential landmines, placed within the legislation by the legislators themselves.
According to the Washington Post, it would only provide $1.3 Billion, which equates to about 55 miles of new border fencing along the 2,000-mile border.
Also, the deal does not increase detention space or beds, which has become a major problem, as immigration officers have had to release illegals into the interior of the nation, and with the new deal, those numbers would only skyrocket! Sadly, a Democrat aid even admitted that…
“Limiting the number of ICE detention beds is a way of controlling the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies. ICE is currently detaining recent border crossers who have passed asylum interviews for too long, and they are arresting many people in the interior of the United States who are not criminals or who have minor criminal records, including many with only immigration violations.”
Regardless, the Republican negotiators were able to move the needle from the Democrats desire to cut detention space, to going ahead and leaving it where it’s current levels are! Never-the-less, it is far below the number of detention beds that the Administration was requesting!
Currently, ICE has around 46,000 people in detention, with almost 21,000 who have committed crimes in the United States! Under all of the Democrat proposals, thousands would have to be released into the American interior of the nation, as ICE says it would force them to re-implement ‘catch and release’ policies! Immigration agents are already releasing between 300 to 500 per day due to their inability to detain the massive numbers of illegals!
It has now become obvious that the Democrats will not act to protect the United States, and will do anything they can do, to prevent President Trump from doing his job! Therefore, although the President has given Congress every opportunity to do their job, he will now likely be forced to find the funds and either declare a National Emergency or invoke 10 United States Code § 284! However, that might not be the only option either!
On Tuesday, Mexican Drug Lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted on all counts and will be sent to prison for the rest of his life in a Supermax Prison in Colorado. Now, as El Chapo heads to prison, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is proposing to re-evaluate using the $14 Billion in drug money that was seized to fund the border wall. After all, what better way to repurpose drug money than to build a wall to stop those very drug cartels from continuing to filter the drugs in and poison our youth!
Breitbart revealed that the United States has seized $14 billion from the drug lord ‘El Chapo’, and that would fund Senator Ted Cruz’s ‘Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act’, which was already introduced once in 2017. Senator Cruz said…
“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border. Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities.”
He added that it would…
“offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives. The U.S. Government is currently seeking the criminal forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from El Chapo, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was recently extradited to the U.S. to face criminal prosecution for numerous alleged drug-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering.”
The irony to it all is, it would actually fulfill the aspect of the President’s “Build The Wall” pledge to “Make Mexico Pay For The Wall”!
Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) pointed out to the Washington Examiner that…
“Having the money seized from Mexican drug cartels would mean that the bad Mexicans would end up paying for the wall, and the bad Mexicans have been terrorizing the good Mexicans with crime and kidnappings and murders within Mexico itself.”
He also pointed out that…
“The [Drug Enforcement Agency] has estimated that the gross receipts of the Mexican drug trade or somewhere between $19-$29 billion a year. We don’t have to be 100 percent efficient to get the the money we need to completely pay for the wall relatively quickly.”
The President has previously voiced his support of using seized drug money ass a means to fund the border wall and security, and if he does, it could fully fund the wall in its entirety! Furthermore, how sweet would it be to see drug money be used to stop drug trafficking, as well as other crimes like illegal immigration, human and sex trafficking, murder, rape, and countless other crimes in America!
Ultimately, it is unconscionable that Congressional Democrats are doing everything in their power to hinder the President from doing his job to secure the American border and protect the American people! However, regardless of what the Democrats in Washington do to impede President Trump, he will personally continue to do everything in his power to protect our nation, and the American people, as he fights to not only Make America Great Again but to Make America Safe Again as well!