Immigration : Walls and Fences



Walls, fences and militias:

Illegals surge, Trump builds, and House tries to shut down border wall construction behind him.  With as many as four million migrants vowing to enter the U.S. illegally in 2019, nearly 100,000 apprehended in April alone, and 168,000 "families" released into the U.S. interior this year, the surge is on.  President Trump is working at breakneck speed to get some semblance of a wall built, particularly at the critical crossing areas.  According to a report from Townhall's Katie Pavlich, citing official Homeland Security releases, waivers are being issued to permit wall construction now.

"We Build The Wall' Donors Demand Answers After Months of No Construction.  A "We Build The Wall" GoFundMe campaign quickly raised $22 million in online donations, but months after its launch and still no construction, donors are beginning to ask what's being done with their money.  In the run-up to what became the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, all related to a debate over border wall spending, Purple Heart veteran Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe in December calling on people to privately fund a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.  The activist currently promises that his campaign would "do it for a fraction" of the cost it would take the government, telling The Washington Post in January that his project would cost in the range of $2 to $3 million per mile.

Pentagon to Transfer $1.5 Billion to Border Wall.  Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved the transfer of $1.5 billion to build more than 80 miles of barriers on the border with Mexico, U.S. officials said on May 10, including taking about $600 million from an account meant for Afghan security forces.  "The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on force readiness," Shanahan said in a statement.  Shanahan said that the U.S. military had more than 4,000 service members on the border, along with 19 aircraft.

Pentagon shifting $1.5 billion to border wall construction.  The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of nearly 80 miles of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday [5/10/2019].

The GoFundMe Campaign to Build the Wall Is a Bust.  Back in December, Washington state Trump supporter Joshua Greene donated a small amount of money to the crowdfunding effort to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.  He wasn't alone.  The GoFundMe page to build the wall, to which he'd donated, was a sensation on the right in late 2018 and raised more than $20 million.  Organized by triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage, the campaign eventually morphed into a nonprofit called We Build the Wall, which promised to build portions of the wall on private land using the money it raised.  Months later, there's no evidence that any construction has started, despite claims from Kolfage and his allies that construction would start in April.  And now Greene is wondering what ever happened to that wall he was promised his dollars would fund?

The New York Times Says "Give Trump His Border Money".  The New York Times has endorsed giving Trump the $4.5B he requested in funds for the border.  Not just a single writer either, it's the whole editorial board. [...] While the Times manages to get the top line decision right, they still had to get their shots in.

Barriers Against Barbarism.  [Scroll down]  An easily overlooked reason that walls were so omnipresent in separating civilization from barbarism was that the nomads of the Eurasian steppe had two main advantages:  They were tougher than civilized men and they possessed vast herds of horses that flourished on the Eurasian grasslands.  We are constantly lectured today that a 50-foot wall will be overcome by a 51-foot ladder, but horses didn't like ladders.  By the early 20th century, however, the civilized powers were developing vehicles, such as trucks and airplanes, even more mobile than horses.  It's now easy for a small number of defenders to monitor a long wall.  Hence, building effective barriers and manning them is now relatively cheaper than in the past.  So, many countries around the world are building new border defenses to keep out unwanted outsiders.  But here in America, we are supposed to believe that a technology that worked for Constantinople for a millennium against the greatest armies of the age can't possibly keep out migrant fruit pickers.

NYT Columnist Friedman:  Solution To Immigration Is A 'High Wall With A Big Gate'.  New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman explained on Wednesday [4/24/2019] on CNN how he thinks the U.S. government can solve the situation at the border, following his trip there.  Friedman's appearance on the network corresponded with his op-ed from the day before, in which he described the port of entry at San Diego a "troubling scene."

'This is a war': Meet the Texas ranchers forming their own border militia.  For Mike Vickers, not much has changed here since 1823, the year a group of frontier lawmen formed the Texas Rangers to protect settlers and their land.  "We're still dealing with the bad guys from Mexico," Vickers, 69, told The Post, referring to smugglers who traffic in drugs and migrants.  "This is a war."  Dressed in a cowboy hat, tan cargo pants and weathered boots, Vickers, a veterinarian, runs Las Palmas Animal Hospital, but he's also chairman of the Texas Border Volunteers, a 300-strong militia helping thinly spread Customs and Border Patrol agents cover more than a million acres of private land throughout the state's border counties.

Armed border militia member accused of detaining migrants arrested in New Mexico.  A New Mexico man belonging to a militia group accused of detaining migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border at gunpoint was arrested Saturday on charges of firearms possession by a felon, authorities said.  Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, was arrested in the border community of Sunland Park with the help of local authorities, the FBI said in a statement.  Hopkins was a member of the group holding migrants in the area, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a separate statement.

Leader of armed militia that held migrants arrested on weapons charges.  The leader of a militia operating along the southern border has been arrested by the FBI days after the armed group detained over 200 migrants who had just illegally crossed into New Mexico.  Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, New Mexico, was arrested Saturday [4/20/2019] on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the FBI Albuquerque office said.  Hopkins was arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, which lies right on the border with Mexico and is just 8 miles northwest of El Paso, Texas.

Pentagon awards nearly $1 billion to build Trump's border wall.  The Defense Department announced Tuesday that it had awarded $976 million in contracts to build President Donald Trump's much-sought-after border wall with a completion date for these projects of October 2020.  A $789 million contract was awarded to the Texas-based company SLSCO Ltd. for the construction of border wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico which is located in the El Paso sector of the border.  A second $187 million contract was awarded to the Montana-based Barnard Construction Company for work in Yuma, Arizona.

Democrats hate Trump more than they want to keep our country safe and secure.  For decades, presidents along with scores of Members of Congress from both political parties have been in agreement that our nation's immigration system is broken and that a crisis is brewing at our southern border.  During his historic 2016 campaign for the presidency, Donald J. Trump, the ultimate political outsider, made border security and building a beautiful border wall the signature issue of his candidacy.  President Trump appealed to hardworking American citizen-taxpayers from coast to coast who were elated that there was finally a candidate with the courage to confront the failed status quo by stopping illegal immigration and reforming the ridiculous chain migration and visa lottery systems.  During the first two years of his presidency, President Trump has never wavered on his commitment to secure our porous southern border.  Much to the dismay of the D.C. swamp creatures, he's determined to make good on his promise to solve the existential threat at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump's border wall joins 31 other national emergencies currently in effect.  President Trump's "national emergency" declaration to complete construction of his multibillion-dollar wall along the U.S.-Mexico border Friday came as a shock to some Americans.  There is less than $1.4 billion in the budget deal the Senate and House approved on Feb. 14 — enough for just 55 miles of new barriers and fencing, significantly less than the 200 miles of wall Trump was hoping to start putting up.  In order to accomplish his goal, Trump is reportedly prepared to use his executive authority to gain access to roughly $6.6 billion in Pentagon and Treasury Department funds.

The real story behind Brian Kolfage and 20 million private dollars for the wall.  A couple of weeks ago, the liberal blog BuzzFeed "broke" a "story" about President Trump supposedly ordering his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress on his behalf, citing an unnamed "source" within the Robert Mueller investigation.  But the "news" was so fake that Mueller's office publicly disavowed it almost immediately after it appeared.  And re-appeared, practically everywhere.

Pentagon authorizes up to $1B to start 57 miles of border wall construction.  The Pentagon notified Congress late Monday [3/25/2019] that it authorized the transfer of up to $1 billion to erect 57 miles of "pedestrian fencing" along the U.S.-Mexico border in direct support of President Trump's national emergency declaration from last month.  The fencing, which will be 18 feet high, is to be erected in the Yuma and El Paso sectors, the statement read.  The Pentagon's announcement was notable.  A reporter from the New York Times tweeted that it is the first time the funds will be transferred under section 284 for the border wall.

Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses 'unacceptable risk'.  The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed "unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency."

The Editor says...
The Marines go where the Commander in Chief sends them.  If you have a son in the Marine Corps, would you prefer that he be in Afghanistan or Laredo?

The Supreme Court will likely approve Trump's wall.  Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build the wall derives from that singular authority in the National Emergencies Act (NEA), passed by Congress in l976.  Since then, presidents have resorted to the NEA 58 times.  In each case, the president — Democrat and Republican — spent funds not appropriated by Congress and the Supreme Court did not overturn the action.  Pildes notes, "Courts are uncomfortable when asked to second-guess presidential judgments in areas such as national security, foreign affairs and emergencies."  The courts are not experts on these matters.  Pildes cites the key Supreme Court decision, Immigration and Naturalization Service v.  Chadha, which declared, he says, that "legislative vetoes are unconstitutional" — including vetoes of actions under the National Emergencies Act, the basis on which Trump acted.

Need some wall money?  How about $13B?  The previous bidding in the government debate over new border wall construction seemed to come down to an offer of $5.7B from the President and one dollar from Nancy Pelosi.  With those talks effectively turning into a stalemate, President Trump has been looking into alternate funding options, and it now appears that he's latched onto something else.  And that "something else" is big.  We're talking about nearly $13 billion and it would all be coming from the military.  But not everyone is happy about it.

Pentagon finds $12.8 billion for Trump's border wall.  The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion in possible funding that it could use to fulfill President Trump's call for a border wall. [...] The Pentagon's list said it has found possible funding sources that are "in excess of the amount needed."  But it's not clear which projects the Defense Department will draw from.  Some states that have been allocated big chunks of money that haven't been spent could see a hit.  California, for example, was identified as having more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction that could be used.  Hawaii has more than $400 million that could be used.

Pentagon finds $12.8 billion for POTUS Trump's border wall.  It appears it really will be another promise made and another promise kept by an American president who continues to confound his enemies and delight his tens of millions of supporters both in the United States and around the world.

GoFundMe Veteran Is Still Building the Wall, and Has Raised Nearly $20 Million.  Rumors of We Build the Wall's demise have been greatly exaggerated.  In fact, you can go to its GoFundMe page yourself, right now, and see that the group has collected a little over $20 million.  This is despite a sustained media barrage claiming GoFundMe was going belly-up and refunding every donation — more than 300,000 — that had been sent into the wall-building effort.  It's also despite a sustained online pounding on founder Brian Kolfage's past and character from the likes of BuzzFeed — the people largely responsible for clickbait listicles — and the Daily Beast.  Brian Kolfage is the Air Force veteran who, during a deployment to Iraq in 2004, was hit by an enemy rocket and lost three of his limbs.  Since his close brush with death and rehabilitation, Kolfage has become a husband and father of two, a frequent guest on cable TV news, and an outspoken advocate for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Walls Across America: Rob Reiner Edition.  Long-time actor and director Rob Reiner is one of many Hollywood celebrities to have frequently expressed disdain for President Donald Trump, particularly when it comes to his border policies.  However, Reiner's stated opposition to Trump's border policies hasn't stopped the "All in the Family" star from implementing a barrier to protect his own home.  So reporters from The Daily Caller paid a visit to Los Angeles to check out Reiner's massive wall.  [Video clip]

Build the Wall to Save Taxpayers Billions.  President Trump launched another battle for border wall funding on Monday, calling for $8.6 billion in his proposed federal budget for next year.  Top Democrats came out swinging, bashing a border wall as "expensive and ineffective."  Truth is, Dems are not leveling with the public about the billions we're already forced to spend on shelters, food, diapers, medical care, and child care for migrants sneaking across the border and claiming asylum.  Not to mention the costs of public schooling and healthcare provided free to migrants once they are released into communities.  The wall will pay for itself in less than two years.  It's a bargain.

Bipartisan Group of Senators Have Ideas on How to Fund the Wall Without a National Emergency.  Legislators in Washington, D.C. have had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration in order to obtain funding for his border wall.  Senators on both sides of the aisle have contemplated ways to provide Trump with the funding without the president having to utilize the national emergency, the Associated Press reported.  One of the proposals include taking $1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension accounts.  According to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, funds are available because Army recruitment is down and a voluntary early military retirement program is being underutilized.  Durbin, however, isn't happy about the development.

Company offers to build 234 miles of border wall for $1.4 billion.  A U.S. company is offering to build 234 miles of President Trump's border wall for just $1.4 billion, a fraction of the $8 billion the Trump administration is hoping to use for that project.  Fisher Sand and Gravel Company's President and CEO Tommy Fisher said the government is overpaying and said that for $4.31 billion, he can build the wall and incorporate paved roads and border technology plus warranty.  "Our whole point is to break through the government bureaucracy," Fisher told the Washington Examiner.  "If they do the small procurements as they are now ... that's not going to cut it."

Border smugglers now ramming down corrugated border fences with trucks in San Diego.  As California's leftist Gov. Gavin Newsom grandstands about suing the Trump administration over its construction of a concrete border wall, Mexico's human smugglers are having a grand old time, ramming through the corrugated junk metal fencing that's there with heavy smuggling vehicles, terrorist-style.

Congress Spends 40 Times More On Foreign Aid Than Border Security.  While Democrats and Republicans battle over funding for the border, there's one thing they can agree on — sending that money to other countries.  One America's Pearson Sharp explains how Congress has approved 40 times more on foreign aid than for protecting the U.S. border.

GOP Establishment Squirms After Trump's Emergency Declaration.  The GOP's business-first wing is complaining about President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, despite the agreement by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to support it.  The pushback began immediately after Trump announced that he would sign the flawed 2019 border security budget because he got McConnell's agreement to support the emergency declaration.  The budget — which was negotiated by McConnell's deputies — provides funds for only 55 miles of border wall.  The budget also requires that gaps be built in the wall and gives Texas Democrats a temporary veto over construction.

Ocasio-Cortez Doesn't Understand Difference Between Berlin Wall, Border Wall.  Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested late last week that she does not understand the difference between the Berlin Wall and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.  During an Instagram live video on Friday, the freshman congresswoman said that she thought the wall was a "moral abomination.  I think it's like the Berlin Wall."  That Ocasio-Cortez thinks the border wall is "like the Berlin Wall" suggests she knows very little about history and concepts of border security.

A Real Emergency.  I have to say at the outset, I want a wall built where a wall is needed.  I don't claim to have the expertise on where those places are, but the people who have the job of protecting this country do and they have spoken.  Our elected politicians, particularly Democrats, would rather play identity politics and appeal to their radical base than protect our country.  It's disgraceful.  That said, I'm not a fan of the declaration of the national emergency.  It's not that I don't think hundreds of thousands of un-screened illegal aliens and millions of pounds of drugs flowing across the border constitutes an emergency, it clearly does.  It's that I don't like the idea of a president, any president, being able to subvert the will of legislative branch.  Yes, half the legislative branch is currently in the hands of people uninterested in their constitutional duties, but they didn't seize power, they were elected because the people they defeated didn't do the things they promised they'd do.

ACLU of Massachusetts sues for border wall contract records.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit demanding information about a contract for a section of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that President Donald Trump said his administration awarded.

Here's where Trump could order up 234 miles of new border wall.  President Trump's national emergency declaration to build hundreds more miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was short on specifics about where the steel structures would go.  Trump's emergency order faces opposition in Congress.  And even the president, in announcing the emergency declaration Friday, admitted it could get bogged down in court fights for some time to come.  In the meantime, though, Trump administration officials are looking to Homeland Security experts for guidance about where along the nearly 2,000-mile southern border it makes sense to add steel wall structures.

Why Trump will win the wall fight.  In the matter of the border wall, Congress could not have been more clear where it was heading.  It put itself on the path to institutional irrelevancy, and it has finally arrived.  I do not agree there is a national emergency on the southern border, but I do believe President Trump will prevail.  This crisis is not the making of Donald Trump.  This is the making of Congress.  For decades, Congress frittered away control over its authority, including the power of the purse.  I have testified before Congress, warning about the expansion of executive power and the failure of Congress to guard its own authority.  The two primary objections have been Congress giving presidents largely unchecked authority and undedicated money.  The wall funding controversy today is a grotesque result of both of these failures.

Trump's emergency declaration is legal and needed to protect America — Here's why.  President Trump's national emergency declaration is well within his executive authority.  Along with other executive action and a new spending bill passed by Congress, it will permit him to reallocate and aggregate $8.1 billion in funding for a barrier along our southern border [...] Any fair-minded legal scholar or commentator would agree that, "Yes, The President Can Declare A 'National Emergency' To Build A Wall," as a headline on a news story on the NPR website stated earlier this year.  Citing Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program, the article notes:  "Congress chose not to put any substantial — or really any — barriers on the president's ability to declare a national emergency."

Why is Trump, and not Obama, the so-called 'dictator'?  President Trump has been turned down by Democrats for a sensible border barrier, so he will declare a national emergency in accordance with a law Congress passed in 1976.  Somehow, following a law Congress passed gets Trump labeled as a dictator.  Here is the case for declaring a national emergency:  Tens of thousands of people die each year from drug overdoses, and a huge percentage of those drugs comes across the porous southern border illegally. [...] Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, including gang members and other criminals, descend on our long southern border each year.

Angel Families March on Nancy Pelosi's Office: 'Build That Wall'.  Angel families stormed into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office again Wednesday [2/13/2019] with calls to secure the U.S. southern border, but they were turned away yet again.  Americans whose loved ones have been killed by illegal aliens flooded into the office with questions as to why their many requests for meetings with the Speaker went unanswered.  Front office staff had little to offer in the way of an answer and wouldn't give an idea of when so much as an aide would be available to meet with the families.

Could California's Doomed Bullet Train Fund Trump's Border Wall?  California Gov. Gavin Newsom just pulled the plug on the state's bullet train boondoggle.  President Trump should demand the $3.5 billion the federal government dumped into this black hole back, so he can put it to better use building the border wall.

President Trump May Have Up to $21 Billion in Military Funds Available for Border Wall Construction.  President Trump declared a State of Emergency at the US southern border on Friday [2/15/2019].  Declaring the immigration crisis a national emergency was overdue.  Presidents have declared national emergencies for nearly 50 years.  Barack Obama declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which continue to this day.  The Obama emergencies included the Swine Flu, Flint water crisis and Iran.

Spending Bill Allows Mexican Cartel-Connected Texas Counties to Stop Border Wall.  A key provision in the spending bill being presented to President Trump for signing stipulates that the federal government give specific Texas border counties the opportunity to derail any efforts to build barriers, fencing, or walls by simply opposing the construction of the border security measures — but many of the specified counties have a long and recent history of top officials taking bribes from the Mexican Gulf Cartel.  Ultimately, the bill allows county offices with historic ties to the Gulf Cartel to stop U.S. border barriers from being constructed in the region.  Local government officials spoke out against the building of additional border barriers and have relied on the judgment of local law enforcement officials.

It's true, Trump really did start building more wall in Texas.  When President Trump said Monday [2/11/2019] at a campaign rally in El Paso 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," I assumed it was nonsense he was spreading in hopes that his supporters might not mob him on stage for so far failing to keep the central promise of his campaign.  He similarly said Tuesday at the White House, "We just started a big, big section [of wall] on the Rio Grande."  I'm happy to say I was wrong.  Trump was telling the truth.

Ted Cruz wants to pass 'El Chapo Act' to make notorious drug lord pay for border wall.  Texas senator Ted Cruz has an idea to fund President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.  Just make Joaqu'n Guzmán Loera, also known as "El Chapo," pay for the wall.  Cruz' Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act would take money from Guzmán and use the funds for "border security assets" and the completion of a border wall.  Cruz reintroduced the bill Jan. 3.

After El Chapo conviction, use seized $14 Billion to build border wall?  Mexico's most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury found him guilty on all 10 counts following a three month trial.  According to Breitbart, the United States has seized $14 billion from the former drug lord, which gave Sen. Ted Cruz a brilliant idea.  The Texas Republican introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act in April 2017, which calls for the use of the $14 billion seized from the cartel drug lord to be used to pay for the wall.

Democrats Insert Language Allowing States and Municipalities to Veto Border Wall.  The language of the bipartisan border security funding legislation is still being written.  Unfortunately, reports indicate Democrat language will be inserted into the DHS funding bill that will allow any town, city, municipality, mayor, city manager or local council within any border state to veto the construction of any structural border security wall or fence.  This definitely sounds like an approach the Lawfare group would be assisting with.  Despite overwhelming support from the majority of Americans, the DC Uniparty seems to consistently find a way to usurp national sovereignty.

Breaking the Left's Deception of Black Americans.  Americans welcome immigrants who enter our country legally.  The border wall is to stop the invasion of illegals which includes sex traffickers, drug dealers and violent criminals.  Stats confirm that walls are effective.  Hypocritically, Democrats who preach that building a wall to keep Americans safe is racist and mean live in highly secured communities behind walls.

Ted Cruz wants 'El Chapo' and drug lords to pay for border wall.  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz thinks convicted Mexican drug cartel Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán should finance President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall.  "America's justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts," Cruz tweeted Tuesday [2/12/2019] shortly before the Sinaloa cartel boss was convicted on drug trafficking, weapons violations and money laundering charges in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, N.Y.  "U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder."

4 Liberal Arguments against the Wall and How to Beat Them.  [#3] The wall is immoral.  Liberal argument:  Migration is a human right.  People in poor countries are entitled to migrate to richer ones that offer more opportunity, and it is only moral and fair that those richer countries let them.  Only selfish racists would object to this.  Response:  Having open borders or no borders is unsustainable and irresponsible.  It is unsustainable because American businesses and government cannot offer jobs and social services to every person who would come, particularly low-skilled workers who consume more and produce less than average.  Unregulated illegal immigration would quickly overwhelm the system and turn America into a third-world country.  Eliminating borders would also enable the villains who drive people north in the first place.  Latin American governments already do close to nothing for their people, and there would be little reason to change this.

'Show of force': 100 vehicles line one mile of Texas border to deter caravan on other side.  The Trump administration has flooded the Texas border town that sits just over the river from the Mexican city where 1,800 caravan migrants arrived earlier this week with hundreds of law enforcement personnel.  More than 100 U.S. police vehicles lined a one-mile stretch of the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, Texas, Saturday afternoon [2/9/2019].  Sixty sat together in one section of the river on a local golf course.  The massive "show of force" — as Border Patrol is calling it — is meant to deter Central Americans from illegally entering the country, as large groups attempted in San Diego, Calif., last November and again on New Year's Eve.

Texas Police Form Wall of Vehicles to Help Border Patrol Stop Caravan Migrants.  Police are lining up their vehicles near Eagle Pass, Texas, to help Border Patrol agents stop the illegal crossing of caravan migrants who arrived in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras last week.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed an additional Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers to the region to assist in securing the border section that has no physical barriers to prevent illegal crossings.

Heaven has a wall
Grocery Store Sparks Outrage With Weekly Advert "Heaven Has A Wall... Hell Has Open Borders".  A small grocery chain has sparked outrage (among only progressives) with a message included in their weekly mailer.  "Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy.  Hell has open borders.  Let that sink in."


GOP/Dems Set to Offer Trump a Quarter of $5.7B for Border Wall.  A Republican-Democrat House and Senate committee is planning to offer President Trump a border security package that could include less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall he originally requested.  Capitol Hill sources tell the media that a conference committee of Republicans and Democrats is preparing to unveil a border security funding plan that gives only about $1.3 to $2 billion to Trump for construction of his proposed wall on the southern border to stop wage-crushing illegal immigration.

McCarthy: GOP won't block Trump if he declares an emergency to build the wall.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Friday that GOP lawmakers would not vote to block President Trump from using a national emergency declaration to divert federal funds for the construction of a southern border wall.  "I don't think anyone questions his legal authority to declare a national emergency," said McCarthy, R-Calif.  Trump has threatened to issue an emergency declaration if Congress does not agree to provide billions of dollars for the wall.

Pelosi and other Democrats caving to border wall funding?  On Wednesday [2/6/2019], House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the press "there will not be another shutdown" over the proposed border wall.  She also said she will fully support any resolution that the bipartisan committee in charge of the negotiations come up with, even if it includes full wall funding.  Chances are strong that it will.  Nancy says that as the negotiations continue, "left to their own devices," an agreement will be reached as early as Friday.  Democratic rep from N.Y. Nina Lowey, who leads the conference committee, told reporters negotiations are happening and could be settled in enough time for the House and Senate to vote on new appropriation bills before the February 15 deadline.

Hey, Commander!  Start Commanding!  The U.S. Navy Seabees and Army Corps of Engineers have built all kinds of non-military infrastructure in, among other places, Djibouti, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Somalia, the Congo, Cambodia and Grenada — even in little Micronesia (population: 100,000). [...] The U.S. military does these things in other countries but, we're told, can't build a wall in our own.  At this point, our only hope may be for the border states to secede from the Union and form their own nation, so that we can send troops to build them a wall.  They could call their new country "YouMustGoBackistan."  Democrats and the media (and 90 percent of Republicans) believe the president has the authority to use the military to build walls, schools, hospitals and water purification systems — anywhere but here.

U.S. prepares to start building portion of Texas border wall.  The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property.

Texas Can Get Trump's Border Wall Accomplished.  Texas can make a border wall happen.  Many worry that courts will block President Donald Trump from building a border wall with funds reprogrammed from other projects under a declaration of an emergency.  However, Texas is in the more conservative Fifth Circuit, not the Ninth.  As an attorney who worked for Judicial Watch and more recently for Larry Klayman at Freedom Watch, this topic has prompted legal research by the author.  The border wall should be built exclusively in Texas at first, postponing California, Arizona, and New Mexico until after the Texas border is secure.  That will keep lawsuits in the Fifth Circuit and out of the Ninth.  Texas can make this happen.

Nancy Pelosi:  Replacing "Normandy Barriers" with "Normandy Fencing" is OK — Not a Wall.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi starts shifting the semantic granules to avoid a political loss.  The financing for, and construction of, a see-through fencing system (Trump's position) is the request of DHS and Border Patrol, and supported by the vast majority of Americans.  Today, Speaker Pelosi starts by claiming no wall will ever be permitted, then garbles her way through a pretzel response by saying "Normandy Barriers" being replaced by "Normandy See-Through Fencing", is ok.  She's trying to avoid a political loss.

Walls Across America:  Celebrity Edition.  President Donald Trump has often noted that America's rich and powerful choose to live behind large walls for protection, much like the wall he is trying to build across the U.S.-Mexico border.  Nowhere has that thesis proven truer than in the posh neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Hollywood.  The homes of the rich and famous, peppered throughout the area, are often gated and feature high walls that protect the homes from outsiders.  But what about the viscerally anti-Trump celebrities that reside in Hollywood and hate the idea of Trump's border wall?  Do these moguls, sports and film celebrities really live behind walls?

The simple, constitutional way for Trump to build a border wall right now.  Since the government reopened, the Democrats have sent unmistakably clear signals that they have absolutely no interest in building a border wall, fence, barrier, or anything else.  President Trump is left with virtually no option other than to immediately use his authority under Title 10 of the United States Code.  I urge him to declare that our unfenced areas of the southern border are active drug trafficking corridors, which will allow him to use available funds to build walls, fences, roads, lights, detention facilities, and other necessary infrastructure.

Report: Trump can build wall without declaring emergency.  Unable to nudge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., any closer to approving funding for a border wall, President Trump can move on his own without declaring a national emergency, according to a nonpartisan congressional report.  The Congressional Research Service, Capitol Hill's think tank, is highlighting laws for Trump to tap that would not be subject to Congress' "termination provison."  The CRS "legal sidebar" outlines alternative paths for the president, who has been considering tapping the National Emergencies Act.

Border Patrol Wife Invites Speaker Pelosi to See Why Walls Are Needed.  The wife of a Texas-based Border Patrol agent invited Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit the border to see for herself why walls are needed.  "We would like to show you around!  You don't need to bring any security detail.  Our husbands/significant others are actually very good at their jobs, thank goodness!" Jill Demanski, the wife of a Texas-based Border Patrol agent wrote in a letter to Speaker Pelosi.  She told Fox News she wrote the letter because she felt Pelosi needs to see this area of the border in person in order to make an informed decision about border security funding.

What Pundits Get Wrong About The Border Security Fight.  It is absolutely true that the shutdown ended without Trump being able to deliver increased border security.  The failure to end the shutdown with increased border security is a victory for Pelosi, who said she'd refuse to even think about the topic until the government was re-opened.  She won that standoff.  It is also true that the government is only re-opening for three weeks.  This is not necessarily a permanent failure to secure the border.  All will depend on what the White House, Pelosi, and Senate Republicans do in the interim.  But here there is also reason for concern from those who support borders, rule of law, and national sovereignty.  The White House had lost the high ground in the battle when it started throwing the kitchen sink at Democrats in a bid to get a deal, offering up valuable reprieves on amnesty for younger aliens and Central American programs in exchange for a deal they didn't get.

Of Course a Wall Would Work.  [Scroll down]  Israel had little to no problem with terrorists coming from Egypt.  The problem there was the same as here; illegal immigration.  Between 2010 and 2012, 55,000 illegal immigrants entered Israel, but after the 143-mile wall was built, illegal immigration was cut by 99 percent.  Even the left-leaning PolitiFact acknowledged this.  A border wall also worked in Hungary and cut illegal immigration down by 99 percent.  The Harvard International Review further found that Egypt's border wall with Gaza and Spain's fence in Morocco have been successful.  Indeed, if a wall is a "monument to racism," the rest of the world has a lot to answer for.  USA Today points out that "there are at least 77 walls or fences around the world."

White House drafting emergency declaration to fund border wall: report.  The White House is drafting an emergency declaration to begin construction on a wall along the southern border and has already earmarked over $7 billion in funding, a report said Thursday [1/24/2019].  "The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency," says a draft of the declaration, which was obtained by CNN.  Trump has repeatedly raised the specter of invoking a national emergency to circumvent the congressional logjam that has been the partial federal shutdown, now in its 34th day.

President Trump Can Fund the Border Wall with Unobligated Balances.  To his great credit, President Trump has remained steadfast in his determination to build a border partition on the southern border.  Such border partitions have proven to be effective.  In San Diego, a border partition lowered apprehensions by 95%, while in El Paso, the number decreased by 89%.  President Trump has correctly claimed that Israel's southern border wall is 99.9% successful.  According to a report released by Senator Ron Johnson, Israel's southern border fence was central to a decline of 99.9% of illegal border crossings, with over 16,000 crossings in 2011 down to fewer than 20 in 2016.  Israel's security partition running near the Green Line has also proven extremely effective in an exceptional decline in terrorist attacks.  Since completion of the partition in El Paso, they have seen a significant decrease in drug-smuggling and other crimes.

Sarah Sanders:  Border security with no wall is like flying a plane with one wing.  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders compared proposals for border security that don't include President Trump's wall to flying on a plane with only one wing.  "I'd never want to get on an airplane with only one wing," Sanders said in an interview on CNN when asked if Trump would accept a bill that provided billions for border security without the physical barrier.  "The president wants to make sure we're actually securing the border in a totality, not just with one wing," she said.  "You need two wings.  Which means You have to have a wall.  You have to have technology.  You have to have all of the things that the president has put forward in his proposal."

CNN announces that Trump is preparing a national emergency declaration and has identified $7 billion to use for border wall.  [Scroll down]  This has the ring of truth.  It would be shocking if it were not true, actually, since contingencies must be planned for in advance, even unlikely ones.  The only question I have is, who leaked the confidential documents?  It might well be a Deep State saboteur on the White House staff, but my guess is that this is a deliberate leak, intended to remind the Democrats that they can get nothing in return for a border wall, or they can get something, in the form of a three-year DACA extension.  Psy ops, in other words.

In apparent shot at Trump, Pope says 'builders of walls' sow fear and divide.  Pope Francis has taken another shot at wall-building politicians, telling thousands of Catholics in Panama gathered for World Youth Day that "builders of walls sow fear" and "divide people."  "We know that the father of lies, the devil, prefers a community divided and bickering," Francis told a crowd of tens of thousands of youth Thursday night [1/24/2019] at a seaside park in Panama City.

The Editor says...
Yes, walls separate people.  In most cases, they separate good people from bad people.

Perhaps the Pope should read the Bible.
God Told Nehemiah To Build a Wall.  After the Babylonian Captivity, a remnant of Jews returned to Jerusalem.  They had rebuilt their temple and now needed a wall for protection.  God told Nehemiah, who was neither a priest nor politician, but a builder, to rebuild the broken walls around Jerusalem.  The destruction and deterioration of Jerusalem's wall exposed its people to harm and was a source of disgrace.  A new wall would be a warning to Israel's enemies.  It would provide protection and dignity to a people that suffered the judgment of God but had later been restored.  A broken wall left its people defenseless.  It would allow enemies to enter and cause "great trouble" to its people.  Rebuilding the wall showed God's blessing in that he wanted them protected.

#2 House Democrat Breaks From Pelosi; Supports Border Wall Because It "Protects People."  As reported by D.C. Whispers days earlier, more and more Democrats are upset over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "NO DEAL" stance when it comes to sitting down with President Trump and forging a workable compromise that improves border security and ends the ongoing partial government shutdown.  Apparently, some internal polling has recently been completed by the DNC and it's not looking good for Democrats as more and more voters see them as the party of no solutions.

Walls are Immoral'.  When Nancy Pelosi intoned that "walls are immoral," she was not basing this contention on an analysis of moral permissibility. [...] [I]t is easy to see that it's perfectly okay to install a physical barrier for purposes of preventing unauthorized or illegal entry, which is why such are installed.  This can be a door with a lock or a gated fence around a property.  Try getting homeowners' insurance without a front door.  Does Nancy Pelosi's house have a front door?

The Democratic Party is extinct but for illegal immigration.  Even Sun Tzu wrote about the exhaustion of trying to overcome walls:  ["]Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans; the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces; the next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field; and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities.["]  They should be avoided at all cost. [...] Laying siege to walled cities is costly.  And while natural barriers like rivers, cliffs, and mountains are good, well constructed ramparts are nearly impossible to defeat.

Walls across America.  Walls, Nancy Pelosi tells us, are immoral.  Also, they don't work.  Which ostensibly is why the Democrats have gone to the mat over Southern border security.  Of course, the idea that walls "don't work" flies in the face of common sense and experience.  So the Daily Caller has initiated a "Walls Across America" project.  Caller reporter Benny Johnson goes from place to place, pointing out that when leftists want to protect themselves, their families and their property, what do they use?  Walls.  Johnson first tried to check President Trump's statement that Barack Obama's house is protected by a 10-foot wall.  He found that Obama's security is so tight that he couldn't get anywhere near the house to measure the height of the wall.  His next stop was George Soros's estate in the Hamptons.  Guess what — along with other security precautions, Soros's property is protected by a nine-foot-high wall.

Democrats refuse to compromise on border wall funding to end the shutdown.  The facts speak for themselves.  Over the past three months, an average of 2,000 illegal and inadmissible migrants have arrived at our southern border every day.  Today, the majority of illegal immigrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection are families and children.  Last month, CBP apprehended nearly 40 percent more unaccompanied children and groups claiming to be families than in May 2014, which President Barack Obama described as a "humanitarian crisis."

We need to build the border wall to stop the migrant caravans.  I've changed my mind about building a wall along the Mexican border.  Build it! [...] Building a wall just for a relative trickle of immigrants who've been crossing the border for decades would have been expensive overkill at a time when the US should have been watching its spending.  There must be more cost-effective, high-tech ways to catch small groups of illegal intruders.  Now that "caravans" — the generally accepted word, not mine — are trying to enter the US from the south, the wall makes a whole lot more sense.  In fact, Trump couldn't have asked for a better excuse for his beloved barricade.  In the past there have been "caravans" of sorts coming into the US, only those were ships.  The immigrants coming from Europe in droves came by floating caravans.  But the difference was that they arrived here, were screened and allowed to stay if they were deemed not to become a burden on the social services system.

Democrat capitulation begins.  On Saturday, I informed readers that "The opposition is about to crumble" on expanding the wall along our southern border.  That post cited MSNBC imbecile Donny Deutsch, but an earlier post cited Democrat Congresswoman Katie Hill doing a 180 on the wall.  To the consternation of the complacent press, a dozen or so Democrats already are tired of the shutdown.  Breitbart News counted as capitulating Democrat Congressmen Colin Allred, Ami Bera, Cheri Bustos, Katherine Clark, Jared Golden, Jeff Van Drew, Lucy McBath, Elissa Slotkin, Max Rose, Abigail Spanberger, and Anthony Brindisi.  Add Hill and that's 12 Democrat wall supporters.

Freshman Democrats Turn on Pelosi Over Border Wall, Seek Deal with Trump.  Several freshman Democrat members of the new House of Representatives majority have turned on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her steadfast refusal to fund President Donald Trump's planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and are instead seeking for Democrats to cut a deal on the wall with Trump.  The ongoing partial government shutdown, which affects a quarter of the federal government and is now the longest shutdown in the history of the United States, began late last year just before Christmas.  It dragged through New Years into the new Congress, and Pelosi — after she won the Speakership vote after fending off internal Democrat rebels — has refused to negotiate with President Trump on the wall.  She and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say Trump will never get funding for the wall, and they are keeping the government shut down because they refuse to pass any funding bill that has wall money in it.

Photos: From Vatican Walls to Obama's Fence, 20 Barriers Around the World.  As President Trump requests full funding for a border wall along the United States-Mexico border, elected Democrats continue to claim that walls are "immoral" and "racist." [...] Israel has had one of the most effective border fences and walls in the world, decreasing illegal immigration to the country by 100 percent after it was constructed and built. [...] Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, holds some of the most brutal suspected and convicted terrorists in the world.  The facility is surrounded, as shown in photos, by not only 24-hour security guards, but also a number of barbed wire fences.

Worst Case:  If the Border Barrier Stops Only 14% Of Illegals, It'll Still Pay For Itself.  As President Donald Trump has warned, the cost of illegal immigrants on the U.S. is severe and presents a clear and present danger to our country.  Now, a new report finds that illegal aliens cost us all $113 billion a year.  But making the Democrats' obstruction of a border barrier even more absurd is that best case estimates show that if a wall/fence stops 3-4% of illegal traffic into the U.S., the wall will pay for itself.  The worst-case estimate is that if it stops12-14% of illegal aliens the border barrier will pay for itself.

Do the Math:  Trump's Wall Is $25 Billion, Illegals Cost $165 Billion.  Illegal aliens cost American citizens more in three months than the wall will cost to build in its entirety.  What's more, the available evidence suggests that walls are fantastically effective at arresting migrant flows. [...] Illegal aliens cause economic harm to Americans because they consume far more in government services than they contribute in taxes.  We make: they take.  According to a 2017 report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), illegal aliens and their children cost American taxpayers $135 billion annually — $8,075 per alien per year.  These costs are partially offset by taxes collected from illegal aliens, which total around $19 billion.  Thus, the net cost of illegal immigrants to American taxpayers is $116 billion annually.  The report also details how those billions are spent.  Unsurprisingly, state and local governments bear the majority (two-thirds) of the costs, spending $88 billion annually.  The federal government has it relatively easy, spending just $45 billion.  This is ironic, given that the federal government created this problem.

Democrats who killed Bush's 'virtual fence' now back 'technological wall' at border.  The Obama administration in 2011 pulled the plug on the Bush-era Secure Border Initiative Network, or SBINet, which was envisioned as an integrated system of radar, sensors and video cameras along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.  Democrats at the time cheered the decision to cancel the contract with Boeing for the long-troubled program.  Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who was the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, called SBINet a "grave and expensive disappointment" for squandering a little more than $1 billion to achieve just 53 miles of coverage on the border in Arizona.  Mr. Thompson, who now chairs the committee, said last week that he is ready to try again rather than spend on Mr. Trump's corrugated steel fence.

Mexican Police Halt Human Smugglers' Attempts to Cut Border Fence in California.  Two human smuggling attempts were thwarted by Border Patrol and Mexican police after they observed groups of migrants attempting to cross into the United States from Baja California by cutting holes in a border fence.  Border Patrol Agents observed groups of migrants attempting to cut through fenced barriers separating Calexico and Tecate, California, earlier this week, according to local reporting.

Trump is right:  Walls work on the southern border.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) contend the crisis on the U.S. southern border is manufactured.  Yet, The Washington Post, no friend to the Trump Administration, disagrees.  According to the Post, the situation on the southern border is indeed "a bona fide emergency."  Record numbers of migrant families are coming to the United States, the U.S. immigration courts have a backlog in excess of 800,000 cases and the holding cells and detention centers are at overflow capacity.

Border Wall Construction Continues.  With massive amounts of misinformation surrounding the southern border and the need for a border security wall, the following video has been produced.  Pushing back against intentional media disinformation is something critical to supporting President Trump.

Trump Has the Democrats Cornered.  No sooner had the Democrats taken back the majority in the House of Representatives than they proved their harshest critics correct — the party no longer concerns itself with the interests of the American people.  And by refusing to provide a dime for a physical barrier on our border, they did it in the starkest terms possible.  Led by far-left Nancy Pelosi, who held off a challenge to her leadership from the even farther left, the House Democrats promptly put themselves in the position of being seen taking the side of foreigners entering the country illegally over the security and economic prosperity of American citizens.  They reduced themselves to the absurd position that "walls don't work."

We Could Build 2 Border Walls By Just By Eliminating 'Improper Payments,' Audit Shows.  Trump's $5.7 billion would fund 234 miles of border.  Eliminating just half of the government's "improper payments" would provide enough money to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, with $21 billion left over.  The GAO has also found "tens of billions of dollars" in savings simply by reducing overlapping and duplicative federal programs.  For example, the federal government spends almost $3 billion on 163 separate STEM education programs across 13 agencies.  "Nearly all of these programs overlapped with at least one other program," the GAO found.  Citizens Against Government Waste has identified 636 examples of wasteful government spending that, if eliminated, would save $430 billion in the first year alone.

New Dem Talking Point:  Wall Is *Luxury* We Can't Afford.  It's so hard to keep up with the Dems: from "illegal immigration is wrong," to "they aren't illegal, just undocumented," to "there's a crisis at the border" to "the so-called crisis is a manufactured one," to "border walls are ineffective," to "border walls are immoral," and now this, from Pelosi:  [Video clip]

Border Patrol Official in South Texas: 96% of Our Migrant Traffic Occurs Where There's No Fencing.  Acting Chief of the Rio Grande Valley Sector Raul Ortiz, who met with President Trump Thursday, told [Pete] Hegseth that his agents patrol a western and eastern corridor in South Texas.  Ortiz said the western side accounts for 96 percent of foot traffic, since there is no fencing.  On the eastern side, fencing exists and only 4 percent of traffic occurs there, he explained.  Ortiz said the eastern side was the busiest area in the country for illegal crossings in the 1990s, before fencing was added.

Border agents:  Steel fence not impenetrable but still needed.  The steel bollard border fence President Trump is now talking about building is not impenetrable, but it is the best design available and will slow down immigrants who are trying to cross the border illegally, border agents say.  It gives agents visibility into Mexico, meaning they have more of a chance of chasing off people attempting to cut through the fence.  And it was tougher to breach than other fencing, according to Chris Judd, who was part of the Border Patrol's last big round of fence-building a decade ago.

CNN's Acosta Confirms Walled Part of the Border Is Crisis-Free.  CNN reporter Jim Acosta confirmed no crisis existed along a walled portion of the U.S.-Mexico border during a visit Thursday [1/10/2019].  In a video shared to Twitter, Acosta pointed to "some of the steel slats that the president's been talking about."  Walking along the border in McAllen, Texas, Acosta noted that the president has warned of a national emergency at the unwalled portion of the southern border.  Acosta observed that this emergency did not exist along the portion of the border that had already been secured with steel slats.  "As we're walking along here we're not saying any kind of imminent danger," he remarked, patting the border barrier with his hand as he filmed himself.  "There are no migrants trying to rush towards this fence."

NBC's myth of sawing through the wall.  NBC reporters showed they know as much about saws as they do AR-15s.  The network reported, "President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for his border wall, which he described as 'absolutely critical to border security' in his Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday.  But Department of Homeland Security testing of a steel slat prototype proved it could be cut through with a saw, according to a report by DHS.  I seriously doubt Homeland Security said they sawed through the steel.

DOD IG Reveals The Pentagon Let $27.7 Billion 'Expire' As Trump Seeks $5.7 Billion In Border Wall Funding.  The Defense Department has relinquished over $27 billion to the U.S. Treasury since 2013 simply because it couldn't spend the money quick enough, according to a DOD Inspector General report released Tuesday [1/8/2019].  The DOD was required to fork over the "expired funds" because the Pentagon failed to spend it "within the legal timeframes," according to the report.  The revelation comes as President Donald Trump is considering declaring a state of emergency that would allow him to bypass Congress and leverage unobligated military funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

San Diego-Based KUSI: CNN Disinvited Our Journalist Because We Reported Border Wall 'Does Work'.  KUSI News, a television news outlet based in San Diego, California, said Thursday [1/10/2019] that CNN invited — and subsequently rescinded the invitation — for it to provide a reporter to give "a local view of the debate surrounding the border wall and government shutdown."

CNN rejects local San Diego report on border wall because it doesn't support its 'narrative'.  CNN is "news, corrupted."  Seriously, the people over there are rejecting actual news because it doesn't support their manufactured "narrative," turning down a report they themselves commissioned from local station KUSI because they didn't like the facts-on-the-ground the report contained — or, more likely, the bigger fact on the ground that the local report supports the stance of a president who says and shows by numbers that there really is a crisis at our border.

CNN Accidentally Proves Why Walls and Fences Work.  In the 1980s, illegal border crossings plagued the San Diego sector of the U.S.-Mexico border.  The Border Patrol reached its breaking point in 1986, when agents caught more than 600,000 illegal border crossers.  At the time, this accounted for approximately one-third of all apprehensions along the southern border.  Crime was also a serious problem.  The San Diego Police Department logged more than 100,000 crimes committed in 1989.  In 1991, the government began construction of a 46-mile-long wall, now referred to as the "primary fence."  This fence stands between 8 and 10 feet tall.  It was tall enough to stop vehicle traffic, but could be easily breached by ladders and fence jumpers.  In 1997, officials began building what's known as the "secondary fence," which runs 13 miles long and stands at 14 to 18 feet tall.  This was meant to stop the illegal flow of foot traffic.  Today, the San Diego sector accounts for only a small fraction of border apprehensions each year.  According to the Department of Homeland Security, illegal crossings have decreased in the region by more than 90 percent since the walls and fences were built.

Democrats Can Fund the World, but Not the Wall.  The 2019 federal budget requests nearly $27 billion in foreign aid for economic development, health, humanitarian assistance, peace and security, and other objectives.  This is over half the cost of securing "[t]he entire international land and maritime borders of the United States" something Democrats were keen about in 2006.  The Secure Fence Act of 2006 budgeted $50 billion over 25 years to control America's borders.  Unfortunately, Congress appropriated only $1.4 billion and forgot about the rest.  The foreign aid request above was for one single year.  Two years of the foreign aid budget spent instead on U.S. border security would create the type of physical borders so common in the countries we are generously supporting.

Clueless:
CNN's Jim Acosta Makes Case for Wall:  No Emergency Where There's a Wall.  CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta appeared to inadvertently make the case on Thursday for a steel version of President Donald Trump's border wall.  "I found some steel slats down on the border," Acosta tweeted.  "But I don't see anything resembling a national emergency situation[,] at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today[.]"

Democrats Funded a 287 Mile Wall in Jordan — Last Year!  But Won't Fund Border Wall in US!  Nancy Pelosi argued this week that "walls are immoral."  Chuck Schumer called President Trump's stand against open borders a "manufactured crisis!"  But less than one year ago Pelosi and Schumer approved funding on a 287 mile long border wall — in Jordan!

Refusal to budge on border wall shows Dems still hung up on 2016.  After watching the dueling prime-time speeches last night, it was easy to come away with the idea that the dispute is simply over the president's demand for wall funding and the partial government shutdown.  As such, it should be easy for the president and Dems to cut a split-the-difference deal and move on to the next problem.  After all, isn't that why they were hired?  If only things were as simple as they appear.  In fact, the Democrats' refusal even to consider any kind of border barrier and other serious measures illustrates that the dispute is merely a proxy for the real issue dividing the nation:  2016.

Flashback: 7 Democrats Who Once Endorsed Border Fence, Tougher Border Security.  [#1] Barack Obama:  "The bill before us will certainly do some good," said then-Senator Obama in 2006, adding that the Secure Fence Act would provide "better fences and better security" and that it would make headway against "the tide of illegal immigration in this country."  "Real reform means stronger border security," said Obama several years later as president, during his 2013 State Of The Union.  "Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost one trillion dollars in the next two decades," said Obama during his 2014 State Of The Union, bringing up his alleged concern about stopping illegal immigration once again.

It's Time to Listen to Law Enforcement About the Border, Not Politicians.  Talk to a Border Patrol agent, sheriff deputy or police officer in a border county and you will get the truth about the need for a wall.  This week President Trump appeared with National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd at the White House press briefing room.  Judd spoke about the effectiveness of a wall and the need for it and has experience on the border making him a valid voice of reason.  Judd spoke with the men and women who patrol the southern border.  He has been told how a wall would help prevent thousands of illegal crossings annually.  Illegal aliens would not have free reign to cross as easily, preventing and deterring unlawful entry.  Leon Wilmont is sheriff in Yuma County, Arizona.  He said that he cannot speak for others, but in his experience walls work in curbing illegal immigration.

Fact Check: 3 Claims From Trump's Oval Office Address.  Claim 3: "Senator Chuck Schumer ... has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past."  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has supported a physical barrier along the southern border in the past, specifically a fence.  In 2006, Schumer supported the Secure Fence Act.  He also sponsored a 2013 comprehensive immigration bill that included $8 billion to repair and erect fencing along the border.  The Secure Fence Act authorized the construction of hundreds of miles of fencing and paved the way for more vehicle checkpoints and barriers.  The act passed the Senate on a 80-19 vote and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in October 2006.

Levin: Schumer and Pelosi are 'pathological liars,' 'never forced to explain their flip-flop' on the wall.  LevinTV host Mark Levin blasted Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi as "pathological liars" Tuesday night [1/8/2019] on "Hannity," reacting to President Trump's Oval Office address on border security and the Democratic response.  Levin said Trump's speech was "outstanding" and hammered the Democrats for their duplicitous flip-flop on support for physical barriers on the southern border.  "First of all, the president gave an outstanding speech.  It was concise.  It was compassionate — and truly compassionate.  He provided the context, both in terms of what's going on in the border, the expense, which is de minimis, and who is really responsible.  Now, let's keep a few things in mind when you watch Schumer and Pelosi:  They are pathological liars.  They've been in Congress over half a century.  What [...] have they done about the border?  Nothing. [...]"

Chuck Norris Supports Cruz's El Chapo Legislation.  Chuck Norris knows how the U.S.-Mexico border wall can be funded without spending a single taxpayer dollar:  use money from Mexico's most notorious drug lord, El Chapo.  To be fair, Sen. Ted Cruz deserves full credit for the idea, but Norris is throwing his full support behind it and is drawing attention to the important legislation the Texas Republican reintroduced last week.

The Great Wall of America Will Break the Democrats.  The wall is deserving of proper name capitalization.  The Democrats know that The Wall will achieve its intent of deterring and preventing mass illegal immigration, which has resulted in an illegal alien population that the federal government has no true, accurate count of.  The Wall will be the physical affirmation of our historic, theory of black swan, glass-ceiling shattering 2016 win over Empress Clinton.  Tax reform and withdrawals from bogus deals with Iran and climate change globalist welfare treaties aren't palpable; I can't take a selfie in front of the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. [...] The Wall, though?  That proposed happy marriage of steel, spikes, and concrete?  Oh, it will be glorious.

Lindsey Graham on Border Wall:  We're not going to give in to this radical left, ever.  Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham joined Face the Nation where he minced no words about the border wall funding standoff.  The president will compromise, but he will not capitulate, Graham said.  When he was asked about re-opening the government for the benefit of the federal workers currently working unpaid, Graham said, Why would you negotiate with somebody who calls you a racist if you want a wall, who gives you a dollar for a wall, when the Democratic Party supported $25 billion in the past?  We're not going to negotiate with people who see the world this way.  He continued, We'll negotiate with Dick Durban, but I'm not gonna negotiate with someone who calls the border patrol agents a bunch of Nazis when they're trying to defend the border against a mob.

Dem House Armed Services Chair:  Trump Has the Authority to Use the Military to Build His Wall.  Sunday on ABC's "This Week," House Armed Service Committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) said President Donald Trump does have the authority to declare a national emergency and have the military build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.  Host George Stephanopoulos asked, "Does President Trump have the ability, have the authority to declare a national emergency and have the military build his wall?" Smith said, "Well, unfortunately, the short answer is yes. [...]"

Forget the wall — Democrats now hate the border itself.  It's a wonder that Democrats haven't staked out a negotiating position demanding the destruction of already-existing barriers along the US-Mexico border.  Their opposition to President Trump's border wall — or, more properly, his so-called wall — is now so total as to be nearly indistinguishable from opposition to any serious infrastructure at the border at all.

Trump: Democrats Should Look Into the Vatican if They Think Walls are 'Immoral'.  Speaking to reporters from the White House, the president criticized congressional Dems for obstructing funding required to build a wall along the United States Southern Border.  Trump specifically targetted the Democratic talking point that a wall along the border is "immoral."  President Trump highlighted the wall that surrounds the city-state, and headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, Vatican City in Italy, noting it "has the biggest wall of them all."

Trump Proposes 'Slightly Larger' Obama 'Mansion' Wall for U.S.  President Donald Trump pointed to a 10-foot security wall around the Obama's "mansion/compound" as he called for a wall along the U.S. border Sunday [12/30/2018].  "President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound," Trump wrote.  "I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security.  The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!"

Democrats: A plague on the nation.  These people, these Democrats in Congress, are among the most privileged persons on the planet.  They have enjoyed, more than most, the blessings bequeathed by the Founders, the authors of the Constitution.  Yet they are determined, like Obama, to transform us into something this nation was never meant to be:  a land without borders.  While all of them are on record supporting a border wall in the past, now that Donald Trump is president, they all oppose it with every fiber of their being.  They know that it will work, and they cannot abide Trump having a win.

Democrats Hate the Wall because Trump Loves It.  "The Democrats don't want to let us have strong borders — only for one reason.  You know why?  Because I want it," said President Donald J. Trump Wednesday [12/26/2018], to the laughter of U.S. troops at Iraq's Al Asad Air Base.  "But you gave me an idea, just looking at this warrior group.  I think I'll say, 'I don't want the wall.' And then they're going to give it to me."  President Trump is on to something.  Democrats seem determined to stop his plans for a southern-border wall as revenge for beating Hillary Clinton.  They hate Trump's guts more than they love America.

Trump Threatens to Close the Southern Border If Wall Isn't Built.  President Trump threatened to close the southern border if Democrats continue obstructing border wall funding.  In a series of tweets Friday morning, Trump argued that doing so would be a "profit making operation" given the vast amount of money the U.S. is losing on trade with Mexico.  "We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with.  Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!" he said.

Dems Introduced Bill Requiring Mexico To Pay For The Wall, And No One Seems To Have Noticed.  Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas introduced legislation forbidding construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — unless Mexico pays for it.  Lee introduced the Protect American Taxpayers and Secure Border Act into the House on Dec. 19, which would "prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to build a wall between Mexico and the United States," and further require that any barrier constructed on the southern border "be paid for using funds provided by the Government of Mexico."  She referred the bill to the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Homeland Security, and already has four co-sponsors:  Democratic Reps.  Karen Bass of California, Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Joaquin Castro of Texas and Yvette Clarke of New York.

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Obviously a ruse.  On the surface, it appears the Democrats have no objections to the wall itself — just the expense of building it.  When have the Democrats ever objected to spending money?

Sheila Jackson-Lee Quietly Introduces Bill To Block Taxpayer Money From Building The Wall.  Democrat congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee quietly introduced a bill called the "Protect American Taxpayers and Secure Border Act."  The bill, with a title that means the exact opposite of what it proposes, was introduced on December 19 and now sits in the House Judiciary and Homeland Security committees.

Five Dumb Arguments Against 'the Wall'.  [The Berlin Wall] was built to keep people trapped in East Germany.  It was erected by the leaders of that communist hellhole to halt the flow of its best educated and most productive citizens to the free market economy of democratically governed West Germany.  The "big, fat, beautiful wall" the President wants to build along the southern border of the United States will be designed to stop uneducated and unskilled immigrants — many of whom are also infected with communicable diseases — from entering our country illegally.

When Democrats embraced the 'Southern Border Fencing Strategy'.  In 2006 Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, which mandated the construction of multilayer pedestrian fencing along about 600 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.  It passed with big, bipartisan majorities:  283 votes in the House and 80 in the Senate.  Some top Democrats who are still in the Senate today supported the fence:  Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Ron Wyden, Debbie Stabenow, and Sherrod Brown.  Just the next year, Congress made clear it didn't really mean what it said.  The new law was amended to make fence building optional.  In 2013, Congress got back into the fence game.

The cost of the wall is nothing compared to the yearly cost of illegal immigration.  Would you let criminals take your home and hurt your family, or would you pay for a front door that locks?  It typically costs roughly $1,500-$2,000 to purchase and install a no-frills exterior door on your home.  Not cheap at all.  But would you agonize over the cost for a minute when the entire cost and safety of your whole home and its occupants are on the line, especially when dangerous criminals, burglars, and murderers are specifically targeting your neighborhood for infiltration?  Well, elected officials are like the head of this household, America is our house, and our southern border is our exterior front door.

What Happened To The Fence Promised By The Secure Fence Act Of 2006?  The Secure Fence Act was introduced on Sept. 13, 2006, by Rep Peter King (R-NY) and passed Congress on a bi-partisan basis.  In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283-138 on September 14, 2006.  On September 29, 2006, the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80-19.  Out of the eighty senators in total who voted in favor of the secure fence act, twenty-six (out of the forty-four) Democrats voted in favor of the bill (one, Ted Kennedy did not vote). [...] But why wasn't the fence built before Trump became President?  It was supposed to be done by now.

Border walls only work if illegal immigration is illegal.  A border wall can stop a physical invasion, but it can't stop an invasion of 1,000 lawsuits.  Unless we stop the bogus asylum policies and end all cross-border migration in a legal sense, no amount of border security or infrastructure will help.

Protect Our Nation.  Build the Wall.  The wall is about protecting our nation and making sure it continues, strong and free, so that the distressed of the world can continue to see America as a light, a refuge and a bastion of the world's greatest ideals.  It just so happens there are those around the world who are not huddled masses, but terrorists, drug dealers and others who want to undermine our national safety and integrity.

Stonewalling the Wall.  More voters name illegal immigration as the most urgent problem for Congress to fix than any other issue, according to the latest Rasmussen national survey.  A staggering 21 percent of those polled say they'd contribute their own money to build a wall if Congress refuses.  No wonder the dollars are pouring in.  The GoFundMe campaign raised a staggering $16 million by Sunday [12/23/2018], the third-largest haul in history.  It was launched by Air Force vet Brian Kolfage, who lost three limbs in combat in Iraq and received a Purple Heart.

Trump Says Contract Awarded to Build 115 Miles of Border Wall in Texas.  President Donald Trump claims he has awarded a contract to construct 115 miles of border wall in Texas as a partial government shutdown over the U.S.-Mexico border wall extends into Christmas Eve.  "I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115-mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas," President Trump tweeted.  "We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete.  Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding.  Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!"

Feds spend more in food stamps in ONE month than POTUS wants for entire YEAR of wall funding.  Now that Democrats have allowed part of the government to be shut down because they refuse to protect our country and give POTUS Donald Trump his $5 billion border wall budget request, it's time to put some things in perspective.  Like the amount of money at play here.  And Democrats' true motivations.  First the money.  Democrats and Leftist talking heads have complained that the $5 billion POTUS Donald Trump wants in fiscal year 2019 funding for his promised border wall is excessively expensive, but a new analysis finds that this argument to be, well, asinine.  The federal government spends more on the food stamp program in a single month than the president's entire FY '19 border wall budget request, CNS News' Craig Bannister noted on Friday [12/21/2018].

Cutting welfare to illegal aliens would pay for Trump's wall.  Mexico won't have to pay for the wall, after all.  US taxpayers won't have to pick up the tab, either.  The controversial barrier, rather, will cover its own cost just by closing the border to illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole.  That's the finding of recent immigration studies showing the $18 billion wall President Trump plans to build along the southern border will pay for itself by curbing the importation of not only crime and drugs, but poverty.  "The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling," Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The [New York] Post.

Fund the Wall "Old School" — Replace War Bonds w/ "Wall Bonds".  There's been a big D.C. dust-up over securing $5 billion to partially fund building a wall along vulnerable sections of our southern border.  Included in the many conversations are ideas outlining how private citizens might be able to offer money through online efforts.  However well-intentioned, that suggestion along with other similar ideas is likely way too problematic.  So why not try applying a variation of a government fundraising program that has enjoyed stunning successes in the past?  Replace the sale of War Bonds with the selling of "Wall Bonds".

Uh Oh:  Funds Raised From The Border Wall GoFundMe Account May Have To Be Returned.  House Resolution 7207 was introduced as a way of addressing the issues surrounding the government receiving donations for the border wall.  If the House can pass the bill before the Democrats take control before the beginning of the year, H.R. 2707 would establish the "Border Wall Trust Fund" and allow the government to receive funds for the earmarked project.  If passed, the Secretary of the Treasury would have 60 days to establish the account.  A website would have to be established so people could donate directly to the cause online.

Congress Hides a 'Pot of Money:' Fines on Illegal Aliens, Remittance Tax.  While President Trump looks to minimal sources to continue funding more United States-Mexico border construction projects — mainly bollard-style fencing — Congress is hiding some of the most commonly proposed sources of money.  On Tuesday [12/18/2018], White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration was looking to "specific pots of money" to fund the bollard fencing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been constructing in San Diego, California; Calexico, California; El Paso, Texas; and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

Ted Cruz Is Right:  Make El Chapo Pay for the Wall.  It would be poetic justice, is deliciously named, and wouldn't cost the taxpayers a dime.  It doesn't make Mexico pay for the wall, just one particular Mexican who has done great injury to the people of the United States and who is responsible for a major part of drugs flooding into the United States.  It is legislation introduced by Sen.Ted Cruz of Texas last year — the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (E.L.C.H.A.P.O.) Act which would use fund confiscated from drug dealers like El Chapo and traffickers to pay for border security.

We need Trump's border wall plus other measures to reduce illegal immigration.  Congressional Democrats have made it clear that they will oppose President Trump's common[ ]sense request for $5 billion to expand fencing and begin work on a wall along our southern border.  But the fight over the wall is just a small skirmish in a war to decide the future of our country and whether we can control our own borders.  Neither President Trump nor the Democrats created the migrant caravans currently camped to our south.  The caravans were organized and launched outside of the U.S. with the intent of demonstrating that large groups of immigrants can breech our borders illegally and with impunity — an outcome that will only encourage more illegal immigration.

Mexico Is Building Its Wall — and the U.S. Is Paying for It.  he Trump administration is committing billions of dollars to help Mexico engage in "institutional reform" to help stanch the flow of illegal immigrants from Central America into Mexico.  Mexican interior secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero tells the Associated Press that Mexico is sealing off its southern border, and that the laxity that invited the flood of illegal immigrants from Central America that crossed into Mexico in October "is no longer an issue."  Apparently, all that was required was the fiat of Mexico's new president, Andrés Manuel López-Obrador.  The $5.8 billion the Trump administration is promising to put up dwarfs the $20 million sweetener the United States offered Mexico back in September to step up its immigration enforcement.

Rep. Jim Jordan Thanks Brian Kolfage:  Your Border Wall GoFundMe Page Had "Tremendous Impact" On House Vote.  Florida-based triple amputee veteran Brian Kolfage created a GoFundMe push to fund President Trump's border wall through donations from the public.  Not only has the campaign been a huge success with fundraising, according to Congressman Jim Jordan, the border wall GoFundMe had a tremendous impact on Congress Thursday night [12/20/2018].

Trump just declared "the United States Military will build the Wall!  Trump is tweeting this morning [12/19/2018] about several things, including getting funding for the wall.  This comes after Trump backed down on his threat to close the government over border wall funding.

Why We're Divided.  Senator Schumer has rejected the President's request for funding a border wall, even withdrawing an earlier offer of $1.6 billion.  As I write, Congress is working on a stop-gap measure to avoid a shutdown but with no funding for the wall.  This action doesn't bode well for congressional relations in 2019.  It reflects the underlying truth that America is more divided than at any point in modern history.  It's not just the border wall.  Sen. Schumer's response is the Bronx cheer to anything the President proposes.  Nancy Pelosi follows up with her sniveling whine about how "he hasn't got the votes."  What about discussion?  It's hard to discuss issues with someone who begins and ends the conversation with derision and contempt for the other, and that's the default position of the Democrat Party today.  Democrats are so reflexively partisan that compromise is impossible.  Then they proceed to accuse conservatives of causing the division.  And that accusation is the basis for more division.

Mark Meadows:  President Trump, Veto this Spending Bill, Fight for the Wall.  The House Freedom Caucus and Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) delivered a series of fiery speeches Wednesday night [12/19/2018], calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to fund his promised border wall; Meadows said they will back Trump if he vetoes the spending bill.  The House Freedom Caucus led a special order on the House floor on Wednesday night, urging Congress and the president to continue fighting for the border wall.  Meadows said, "I rise to encourage my colleagues to stay in the fight to have the president deliver on a promise."

Huge! Trump Border Wall GoFundMe Page Passes $4.3 Million in Donations in 4 Days.  A Florida-based triple amputee veteran has created a GoFundMe push to fund President Trump's border wall through donations from the public.  Brian Kolfage, who launched the GoFundMe, has also been an active free speech advocate who has spoken against censorship on digital media platforms.

Triple-amputee Air Force veteran on mission to raise $1B for US-Mexico border wall.  A triple amputee U.S. military veteran says he was inspired to raise money for President Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall after reading a New York Post article that questioned why no one had taken up the mantle.  In just three days, Brian Kolfage's GoFundMe campaign, "We The People Will Fund The Wall," has racked up more than $2 million from more than 34,000 people, with a goal of raising $1 billion.

Stop Being a Jerk and Give Him His Wall.  [A]s of right now it looks like we're going to have a government shutdown over the Democrats' refusal to fund Trump's border wall.  And almost no Republicans in America will [care].  Trump surely won't.  A Trump shutdown doesn't look like a Barack Obama shutdown, by the way.  First of all, most of the government has actually already been funded via appropriations bills which have passed — so you're only looking at a partial shutdown.  And Trump isn't likely to play up the negative effects of a shutdown the way Obama did — planting barricades around the World War II Memorial in DC, for example, or holding tourists hostage in Yosemite National Park.  It's going to be very mild.  So the only people who will really be bent out of shape about a shutdown will be some government workers and Democrats who need a government service here and there.

Democrats [the] Funded 'Wall' Under Bush [and] Obama [but] Refuse [the] Same Barrier to Trump.  Many House and Senate Democrats voted to fund the same bollard-style fencing constructed by Presidents Bush and Obama that they now oppose under President Trump.  Ahead of a government shutdown, Trump is asking the Republican-controlled Congress for $5 billion in funding — just a fifth of the funding needed — to build what he continues to call a U.S.-Mexico "border wall," though the barrier is almost identical to the bollard fencing erected by both Bush and Obama.

Why hasn't someone started a GoFundMe for Trump's wall?  [Scroll down]  Jack Murray was blunt and creative.  He did the math and came up with this calculation:  "If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall."

Seriously, Just Order the Pentagon to Build the Wall.  It's strange that the president already hasn't ordered the Pentagon to build the wall.  After all, border security is a basic and vital function of the military.  The military, however, has been reluctant to engage in this timeless endeavor.  When President Trump in October ordered the Pentagon to deploy several thousand U.S. troops shore up the southern border against yet another caravan of illegal aliens, top brass balked.  Many argued in the press that the mission was a distraction for the military's far more important duties, like endlessly and ineffectively securing Afghanistan's borders.  Understand, the Department of Defense has a budget in excess of $700 billion.  The Pentagon is so big and bloated, with a budget process so unwieldy, that for years officials resisted any form of audit.  Until this year, when the DOD spent more than $400 million auditing some $2.7 trillion in assets.  It will come as no surprise that the budget uncovered a great deal of waste (though not necessarily fraud).  Given all the money sloshing around, it's fair to say the Pentagon has the cash on hand to build a $25 billion border wall and still have money to spare to continue building and maintaining warplanes that can't fly.

Democrats can't stand the thought of protecting Americans.  Democrats and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media tout themselves as concerned for those addicted to drugs and regularly support increased spending money for therapy.  But they refuse to fund building the wall and for border security on the Mexican border.  The wall would significantly stop the flow of illegal drugs through the Mexican border to the USA, which would reduce the supply of illegal drugs that cause addiction and deaths by overdose.  The Democrats and media support spending money to deal with the effects of drugs smuggled across the border but refuse to spend money to stop the smuggling.

Angel Moms Call Out Nancy Pelosi:  Would You Support Border Wall if It Saved Your Loved One?  Angel Moms whose children have been murdered by illegal aliens living in the United States called out incoming House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), asking them if they would support a border wall if it meant their loved ones would be saved from illegal alien crime.

Democrats and the border:  What they don't want you to know.  Is steel more moral than concrete?  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said last week that she and other Democrats consider a border wall "immoral."  But some of the same Democrats who decry President Donald J. Trump's proposed concrete wall as a 30-foot-tall human-rights violation actually approved 700 miles of steel barriers under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (SFA).  Give Pelosi this:  She is consistent.  She voted against SFA.  Maybe, deep down, she wants an America without borders.  Meanwhile, these current, former, and then-ascendant Senate Democrats all voted for SFA, which President George W. Bush signed into law.  On September 26, 2006, the Senate passed SFA 80-19, with 26 Democrats voting Yea.

It depends on the meaning of what 'wall' is.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and President Trump faced off in the Oval Office Monday [12/10/2018] in a meeting that suggested a shutdown fight is coming on Christmas week.  The Democratic leaders did what their base presumably wants (opposing a wall), and Trump did what his base presumably wants (fighting for a wall).  Trump even said he would shut down the government to get his wall.  But when Trump talks about a "wall," there is a difference between what his supporters and his opponents say he really means, and it is in that gap that the president may have room to maneuver and get off the road to a shutdown.

Pentagon:  U.S. Army could fund, build sections of President Trump's border wall.  The Pentagon has responded to President Trump's suggestion the U.S. military could build the border wall.  In a statement Wednesday, the Defense Department said it currently has no plans to build the wall, but could take part in the construction of border projects in the near future.  The Defense Department said U.S. law allows the Pentagon to use its budget for border security purposes.

Trump threatens to have military build border wall if Pelosi, Schumer won't budge.  President Trump threatened Tuesday [12/11/2018] to have the military "build the remaining sections" of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, appearing to revive a call to use Pentagon money to finish the project ahead of a meeting with congressional Democratic leaders opposed to the president's funding request.

Mexico wants to end caravans.  Mexico wants the USA to aid Central America to keep people from leaving.  America wants a wall.  But Mexico is willing to keep the caravan migrants.

U.S. top court snubs environmental challenge to Trump's border wall.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [12/3/2018] rebuffed a challenge by three conservation groups to the authority of President Donald Trump's administration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a victory for Trump who has made the wall a centerpiece of his hardline immigration policies.

Hispanic Democrats say feds should eliminate all money for border wall.  Hispanic Democrats drew a red line Wednesday [11/28/2018] in budget negotiations, saying they cannot support any year-end spending bill unless it reduces the government's ability to detain illegal immigrants ahead of deportation.  The Democrats also said they want to eliminate all money for the border wall — not the $5 billion President Trump is seeking, nor even the $1.6 billion that Senate Democrats have said they're willing to spend.

Why not build a border barrier?  It's the law.  The news is filled with images of migrants massing at the U.S-Mexico border near the San Ysidro crossing in California.  Why haven't they been able to enter the United States?  Because a physical barrier prevents them from doing so.  It is just another example of a barrier — a fence, a wall, whatever — providing real border security.  Of course, building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border was President Trump's premier campaign promise.  So far, in nearly two years in office, he has made almost no progress toward making it happen.

$145M Texas border wall project awarded, Customs and Border Protection says.  A $145 million construction project was awarded Wednesday to build roughly six miles of border wall in Texas, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Friday [11/2/2018].  The agency, in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers, gave the multimillion-dollar job in the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector to SLSCO, CBP said in a news release.  Work on the project, also known by CBP as RGV-03, is expected to kick off in February, the agency said.

Video shows border wall construction underway in Texas.  ideo released this week shows construction underway in El Paso, Texas, for a portion of a U.S.-Mexico border wall.  The video published by the El Paso Times shows construction beginning to replace existing fencing with a wall in Chihuahuita, El Paso's oldest neighborhood.  The wall, construction for which began last Saturday, is set to run from Chihuahuita and continue east for four miles.  The 18-foot-tall steel bollard wall will replace the chain link and metal fence as part of President Trump's executive order last year authorizing construction of his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the administration said.

Watch that new border wall going up where it is needed most.  Congress still refuses to fund a complete border wall, but that isn't stopping the king of construction, Donald J. Trump, from delivering the goods where it is needed most.  The El Paso Times has provided an entertaining and interesting video of construction of a new, much bigger border wall being built on the border separating the metropolises of Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, with a combined metropolitan population of at least 2.7 million souls.

Ten Inconvenient Facts.  [#2] People like walls.  Progressives want open borders and limitless migration, and that may please the renowned professor who grew up in one city, went to school 1,000 miles away, took a job in yet another state, and lectures and does research in Europe each year.  But most people want a home and they want security.  They believe that good fences make good neighbors, that a country without walls isn't a country.  Walls reinforce the pride of ownership, too.  When liberals decry walls, they belittle the sense of place that people find comforting and meaningful.

Border Wall Construction Progresses In New Mexico.  New Mexico is progressing on its 20-mile border wall construction west of Santa Teresa, replacing old posts and rail barriers as part of President Donald Trump's initiative to halt illegal immigration and drug trafficking.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said more than 8,100 panels stretching over 11 miles were built as of Aug. 8, according to the Associated Press Friday [8/17/2018].  "It's going to be harder to get over, harder to get through, harder to get underneath," Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull of the El Paso sector told the Albuquerque Journal on April 9.  "It's going to have a five-foot, anti-scaling plate at the top."  The barrier will be as tall as 18 feet in some areas, depending on the location.  The "wall of steel" was approved in 2017 and construction of the $73.3 million project began April 9, the Journal reported.

Second Senate Democrat Pledges To Support Trump Border Wall Funding.  West Virginia's Joe Manchin has joined Indiana's Joe Donnelly in pledging to support border wall funding in the upcoming budget.  Both Democrat senators are facing tough re-election bids in states dominated by pro-Trump voters who fully support the President's desire to increase the nation's border security.

Man breaks legs jumping border wall in California.  A man attempting to enter the United States illegally has fallen from a new 30-foot high wall in California, breaking both his legs.

Cutting welfare to illegal aliens would pay for Trump's wall.  Mexico won't have to pay for the wall, after all.  US taxpayers won't have to pick up the tab, either.  The controversial barrier, rather, will cover its own cost just by closing the border to illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole.  That's the finding of recent immigration studies showing the $18 billion wall President Trump plans to build along the southern border will pay for itself by curbing the importation of not only crime and drugs, but poverty.  "The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling," Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The [New York] Post.

Donald Trump Demands Funding to Keep Building the Wall Faster.  President Donald Trump again signaled his support for the wall Monday [7/30/2018], after threatening to shut down the government if Congress failed to deliver construction funding.  "We must have Border Security, get rid of Chain, Lottery, Catch & Release Sanctuary Cities — go to merit-based Immigration," he wrote on Twitter.  "Protect ICE and Law Enforcement and, of course, keep building, but much faster, THE WALL!"

Irony: Portland's Occupy ICE Protest Builds Wall, Creates Border Patrol To Keep Out Police.  On Wednesday [7/25/2018], The Daily Wire reported that "Occupy ICE" protesters in Portland had been given eviction notices and were ordered to pack up their belongings and demonstrate against vague notions of tyranny and oppression elsewhere.  But while some indeed cleared out (in a manner of speaking, at least), others decided to stay and fight, erecting — ironically — a "border wall" to enclose the Occupy ICE PDX encampment and stationing "border guards" around their tiny independent nation.  No, really.  The border wall, which is in fact quite high (perhaps, say, to prevent border jumpers), went up over the weekend.

Mexico reportedly will create its own border force [on its southern border].  Mexico's president-elect has complained about President Trump's immigration policies, but he's looking to adopt some them for his country, a top aide said.  Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is planning his own border force to stop illegal immigrants and drugs crossing into Mexico from Central America, Alfonso Durazo, his chief of public security, told Bloomberg.  Mr. Durazo said the border force would also patrol the U.S.-Mexico line, though he declined to give Bloomberg more details.

What Happened To The Fence Promised By The Secure Fence Act Of 2006?  TheSecure Fence Act was introduced on Sept. 13, 2006, by Rep Peter King (R-NY) and passed Congress on a bi-partisan basis.  In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283 [to] 138 on September 14, 2006.  On September 29, 2006, the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80 [to] 19.  Out of the eighty senators in total who voted in favor of the secure fence act, twenty-six (out of the forty-four) Democrats voted in favor of the bill (one, Ted Kennedy did not vote).  A dozen years later some of those Democratic Senators are still serving in the upper body [...]

The Same People Who Take a Knee For the American Flag Wave Mexican Flags at Anti-ICE Protests.  There is absolutely no question about it, these protests are not about separating children from their parents — it is about abolishing our borders.  The Democratic Party has been radicalized against our nation.

Poll: Majority With Trump:  Want Wall Built, Migrant Families Deported or Detained.  A poll released Sunday [6/24/2018] by CBS News shows a majority of Americans support a wall being built on the border with Mexico and for migrant families who illegally entered the U.S. to be deported or detained.  The CBS News 2018 Battleground Tracker Poll conducted by YouGov June 21-22 during the midst of the controversy over migrant families and unaccompanied children flooding the southern border shows a shift toward President Trump's views since a March CBS poll by SSRS showed 60 percent opposed a wall.

The Cost of Providing Health Care to Illegal Aliens.  The most objective piece of writing on illegal immigration to emerge from the legacy media last week appeared under the title, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It's Time to Give Trump His Wall." It was penned by Andrew Sullivan, of all people, yet he admitted something few progressives have really accepted:  "He won the election.  He is owed this."  Sullivan's regular readers will reflexively disagree, but his reasoning is irrefutable.  So, most will have to revert to the "prohibitive cost" canard.  In reality, the wall will easily pay for itself in savings to our health care system.  The cost of the border wall has been projected by numerous entities, and the estimates vary wildly.  The Trump administration and the GOP congressional leadership have estimated its cost at $12 billion to $15 billion.  Senate Democrats claim that the price tag would be $67 billion.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has projected the cost at $21.6 billion.  Going with the Trump administration figure, the savings to our health care system should pay for the thing in a decade.  Using the DHS figure, it will take far less time than a typical mortgage.  Specifically, about 20 years.  This depends on what we pay for the health care we provide to illegal immigrants and how many will be stopped by the wall.

Fund The Wall Before Any Other Immigration Legislation.  Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have suddenly found the time and energy to pass a quick legislative fix to end the practice of separating parents from children when they cross illegally into the country — but they apparently do not plan to act on any real illegal immigration fixes, such as funding the border wall.  According to reporting by The Washington Examiner's Susan Ferrechio, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, is working with other GOP senators on a bill that would allow families who enter the country illegally to remain together at immigration facilities at the border as they await adjudication.  The Trump administration has said a court decision requires family separation as adults are prosecuted.  Cornyn's bill would eliminate that requirement, and speed up court hearings for people seeking admission into the country, which can take months.

7 Truths Liberals Will Never Acknowledge About Illegal Immigration.  [#2] A wall would make a major difference.  A wall was never intended to be a fix for illegal immigration in and of itself.  To the contrary, it's a force multiplier.  What we see everywhere that we have full fencing up is that illegals overwhelmingly avoid those areas.  In other words, you can use a wall to direct illegals to certain areas and concentrate the border patrol in those areas.  As we've seen in Israel and even around the White House and the Vatican, walls work.  If you're serious about stopping illegal immigration, you support a wall.

Trump border wall crowdfunding possible under Tennessee lawmaker's 'trust fund' bill.  Those who want to see President Trump's border wall built may get a chance to help fund the project if a recently introduced bill is passed.  The legislation, introduced by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., last week, would create a "border wall trust fund."  People could donate any amount of money to it, with the funds specifically designated for "whatever it takes to build the wall" — from supplies to salaries.  It would be overseen by the Treasury Department, according to Black.

Taxing Remittances Can Build the Wall.  Among the alleged asylum-seekers parked on the U.S. border is a contingent of Hondurans, allegedly fleeing persecution, poverty, crime, and oppression.  If that is the case, then why is the Honduran government helping them, driving them northward under orders given to the Honduran ambassador, who is helping and escorting them? [...] Why is the country whose oppression they are allegedly fleeing helping them leave?  The answer is remittances, the money sent back home by so-called "migrants."  Asylum is in large part a colossal scam designed to provide Latin American countries with both a safety valve and a cash cow of foreign exchange.  In 2017, remittances sent back to Honduras totaled $4.33 billion and make up a significant part of the Honduran economy.

DHS to build 20-mile wall along border in New Mexico.  Homeland Security began building a border wall in New Mexico on Monday [4/9/2018], moving to replace vehicle barriers with a modern fence that will deter pedestrians attempting to cross in the remote desert west of El Paso.  The 20-mile project has been on the books for some time and the contract was awarded Jan. 22, meaning it was finalized before the recent fight over border wall money in the new 2018 spending bill.  But the administration says it wouldn't have been built but for President Trump's push for more border wall.

The Military Can Secure the Border and Build the Wall.  The United States has 4,000 troops in Afghanistan, 39,000 in Japan, 34,805 in Germany, 23,000 in South Korea, and around 5,200 in Iraq.  Our military protects the borders of countless nations.  Except our own.  In 1919, we had 18,500 soldiers on the border.  "Twice a day every foot of the border line is patrolled by cavalrymen and infantrymen," the New York Times noted.  A hundred years later, President Trump's proposal to use the military to secure the border is controversial even though Marines fighting drug cartels have come under fire from drug smugglers.

Trump's Idea of Using Military Resources for Border Wall Isn't Unprecedented.  The military has been involved before in putting up a barrier along the U.S.-Mexican border without explicit authorization from Congress, according to a 2009 government report.  President Donald Trump recently proposed to draw from the $700 billion appropriated for the military for funds to build the border wall, which comes with a price tag estimated at $25 billion.  Initial fencing constructed after Congress passed the 2006 Secure Fence Act was paid for by the Department of Homeland Security, while engineering and labor was carried out through an agreement with the Defense Department.  It isn't clear whether this is what Trump had in mind.

The Wall is National Defense.  What is defense?  Is it not to make Americans safe from foreign attack?  To prevent foreigners from imposing their way of life upon us, through invasion or other means?  To maintain the independence, peace, and prosperity of the already-existing American people?  Very little of what the government does in the name of defense accomplishes these things. [...] America maintains hundreds of overseas bases, builds and develops increasingly sophisticated conventional arms, continues to slog on inconclusively in Afghanistan, and, in spite of a smallish uniformed military, still spends mountains of money. [...] The substantial defense budget does nothing to prevent foreigners — whether mere economic migrants, violent drug gangs, or Islamic terrorists — from entering through our porous southern border.  Instead, it funds bases, multiple aircraft carriers, and super-weapons to protect us from ... who exactly?

Trump Wants The Military To Build His Border Wall.  That's A Terrible Idea.  On Tuesday [3/27/2018], The Washington Post reported that President Trump is privately pushing for the U.S. military to build his long-promised border wall.  The $1.3 trillion spending bill Trump signed last week allocated a mere $1.6 billion for the wall, far less than the $25 billion Trump wanted, and the money comes with tight restrictions on how it can be spent.  Despite the president's grandiose promises of a border wall during the 2016 campaign, when he boasted that he would build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, his efforts to secure congressional funding for the project have hit a wall, so to speak.  Democrats balked at his offer to trade long-term wall funding for easier citizenship access for younger illegal immigrants, and Republicans don't see it as a priority.  Earlier this month, likely in an effort to keep the issue alive, Trump traveled to California to view prototypes of the wall.  But nothing will come of them if he doesn't secure funding.

The Army may build the wall.  Install is more accurate.  These will be fabricated in a factory, and taken to the site.  This haul and install operation seems like great training for the combat engineers.  Plus you get a nice big wall.

Is Trump Using Omnibus Bill To Now Fully Fund The Border Wall?  It Sure Looks That Way.  Whispers are now rampant that President Trump is using the significant funds allocated to military spending in the most recent omnibus bill he signed last week to allocate full and immediate funding for the southern border wall project.  If so it would be a brilliant side-step maneuver that would outflank the anti-secure border members of Congress — including many among the Republican leadership.  An omnibus bill is not a budget and so allows a president considerable powers to spend those funds as they choose.

President Trump hints he may use Defense budget to build the border wall now.  President Trump tweeted something very suggestive this morning, indicating that he may use the powers of the executive to work around the $1.3 trillion abomination's limitations on the border wall.

Watch Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Lie About Funding the Trump Border Wall.  President Trump promised to build a border wall with Mexico at nearly EVERY campaign stop he held in 2015-2016.  The president won the election in an electoral landslide with a promise to build a border wall with Mexico.  In January 2017 Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to pass funding of $12-15 billion to build the Trump border wall.  [Video clip]  But it was all a lie.

White House says it can only build 33 miles of new border barriers.  White House officials said Thursday [3/22/2018] that President Donald Trump will sign a hotly contested budget bill when lawmakers send it to him, despite the fact that it provides for only 33 miles of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Trump vowed in April 2017 that his long-promised border wall would be finished by the end of his first term in office.  'It's certainly going to — yeah,' he told reporters then, answering a specific question about a four-year timeline and adding that 'we have plenty of time.'  But at the rate the White House has agreed to, the project could stretch through more than two administrations.

Here's what Congress is stuffing into its $1.3 trillion spending bill.  [Scroll down]  Border wall:  The bill provides $1.6 billion for barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border but with serious strings attached.  Of the total, $251 million is earmarked specifically for "secondary fencing" near San Diego, where fencing is already in place; $445 million is for no more than 25 miles of "levee fencing"; $196 million is for "primary pedestrian fencing" in the Rio Grande Valley; $445 million is for the replacement of existing fencing in that area; and the rest is for planning, design and technology — not for wall construction.  The biggest catch is this:  The barriers authorized to be built under the act must be "operationally effective designs" already deployed as of last March, meaning none of President Trump's big, beautiful wall prototypes can be built.

Without wall, illegal crossings expected to spike 70% in 2018.  Illegal immigration, sidelined by the so-called "Trump effect" in the past year, is likely to surge 70 percent this year as undocumented aliens try to get into the United States before the president's border wall is constructed and to take advantage of the booming economy, according to a leading expert.

Mexican immigrants say wall might slow them down but won't stop them from crossing illegally.  President Donald Trump visited California on Tuesday where he inspected the eight prototypes for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.  But Eladio Sanchez, who lives in Tijuana, Mexico, said a wall wouldn't stop him from crossing illegally into the United States, Agence France Presse reported.  The 30-year-old said he has sneaked into the U.S. several times and doesn't believe a border wall will be much of a deterrent for those who want to cross the border.

Cutting welfare to illegal aliens would pay for Trump's wall.  Mexico won't have to pay for the wall, after all.  US taxpayers won't have to pick up the tab, either.  The controversial barrier, rather, will cover its own cost just by closing the border to illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole.  That's the finding of recent immigration studies showing the $18 billion wall President Trump plans to build along the southern border will pay for itself by curbing the importation of not only crime and drugs, but poverty.  "The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling," Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The [New York] Post.

On The Texas-Mexico Border, Migrants Are Overcoming Every Obstacle In Their Path.  What does it mean to secure the border?  We hear the phrase every time Congress debates immigration reform, usually from immigration hawks who insist that before we extend any leniency to illegal immigrants, even a limited amnesty for those brought to the United States as children, we must first secure the border.  President Trump has taken it a step further with his dogged insistence on an actual border wall, which has become synonymous with border security in the broader immigration debate.

Pelosi's Border Solution: 'Mowing The Grass'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said during a Tuesday [2/20/2018] interview that she thinks "mowing the grass" along the border could be one solution to border security.  Pelosi denounced the idea of a border wall during the interview, which was broadcast on Facebook live, stating that such an idea is "never going to happen."  "Well, I'm not the wall's biggest advocate in Congress, but I do know that representatives in the House and Senators in that body from the border wall areas have some serious objection to a wall," Pelosi explained.  "Because they know how detrimental it can be to the community trade, to all of the other aspects of a border."  [Video clip]

Pelosi Proposes 'Mowing the Grass,' Fences as Alternative to Border Wall.  Tuesday [2/20/2018] during an interview with the Arizona Republic, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said fences and "mowing the grass" along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a better alternative instead of President Donald Trump's proposed wall.

Monday's Tax Receipts Would Pay for Entire Border Wall.  The $18.477 billion in tax revenues the federal government collected on Monday [2/12/2018], according to the Daily Treasury Statement, is more than enough to cover the $18 billion that President Donald Trump is requesting in his new budget proposal for building a wall along the U.S-Mexico border.  "As the President has said, a nation without borders is not a nation at all," Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in written testimony presented to the Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday [2/13/2018].

The butterfly effect:  Trump's border wall could be blocked because it threatens endangered insects.  A tiny endangered butterfly could stop President Donald Trump from building his beloved border wall.  A lawsuit has been filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, environmental groups and the State of California against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  It outlines that the Quino checkerspot butterfly, Riverside fairy shrimp and the Pacific pocket mouse will be threatened if the border wall is built.  The butterfly, which is native to southern California and Northern Mexico, is already on the endangered species list.

McCain, at it again, deals with Dems and kills wall funding.  Sen. John McCain is reportedly joining with Democratic colleague Christopher Coons to introduce legislation that gives Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals' illegals a path to citizenship, but denies President Donald Trump his funding to build a wall.  McCain giving the Democrats what they want at the expense of the Republicans — now there's something you don't see every day, right?  Not.

CEO of Border Wall Construction Company: 'I Really Believe We'll Change History'.  The CEO of Fisher Industries, one of four construction companies selected as finalists to build President Donald Trump's historic border wall, told Breitbart News that he believes his company will change history and can do so at a far lower cost than his competitors.  "It's not just a wall.  It's a complete border protection system with high-speed access roads," Tommy Fisher, CEO of Fisher Industries, told Breitbart News during a sit-down Facebook Live interview in Washington, D.C. Fisher's wall would be constructed from solid concrete and would span the Pacific Ocean in California through western Texas.

Israel Built a 'Wall' and Is Deporting Illegal Aliens.  America Can Learn.  A decade ago, Israelis gave little thought to the issue of illegal immigration.  In 2006, there were 2,766 illegal migrants in Israel, nearly all of them from Eritrea and Sudan, who had entered Israel through its then-open, 150-mile border with Egypt.  In 2007, the dam of illegal immigration burst.  According to Israel's Immigration and Population Authority, 5,179 African migrants — predominantly from Eritrea and Sudan — entered Israel from Egypt in 2007.  The illegal migration reached its peak in 2011, when 17,281 arrived.

Report: Border Wall Prototypes [are] Almost Impossible To Breach [or] Climb Over.  Fox News reports that breach testing of the border wall prototypes was a success.  Special Ops soldiers attempted to climb them but only one person was able to climb to the top and he had to be lowered down with a cherry picker.

Illegal Alien Barrier Passes First Test.  The Left loves to sneer at the notion of a strong wall between the United States and the illegal infiltrators coming across the southern border from Mexico.  As usual, they say it can't be done, it won't work, we can't afford it — their usual litany of reasons How Not to Do It. [...] At this point in the Trump presidency, wouldn't it be smarter for the Resistance Party to stop walking into door jambs, stepping on rakes, and tying their own shoelaces together?  Real Americans are finally catching on to the Democrats' can't-do/won't-do playbook, which manifested itself most recently in the tax cut.  Once the border wall is up — and actually before, as the Mexicans realize we mean business — watch the numbers of illegal "dreamers" fall precipitously.

Border Wall Models Thwart US Commandos In Tests.  Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.

Trump's DHS Says 700-Mile Border Wall To Cost Just $1.8 Billion Per year.  President Donald Trump's 700-mile border wall would cost just $1.8 billion annually for ten years, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The expected construction cost is only 1 cent for every $20 spent by the federal government.

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That amount of money is only one tenth of what it costs to have NASA fly around in circles and accomplish nothing.  The border wall is a matter of national defense, which is authorized by the Constitution.  (The exploration of other planets is not.)  The benefits will far exceed the cost, even before the wall is completed.

Pelosi Lists 8 Things She'd Rather Spend Trump's 'Immoral' Border Wall Funding On.  On Friday, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) listed some of the things she'd do with the money President Donald Trump wants to protect America from the threats posed by illegal immigration.  On her Twitter page, Pelosi introduced her series of posts by claiming the border wall funding "could do so much more" — if it wasn't used to secure the border:  "President Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump, that border wall funding you are asking for (again) could do so much more good in other places...."  Pelosi followed with eight separate Tweets, each touting something she'd spend the border wall funds on — ranging [from rebuilding] Puerto Rico and subsidizing high-speed internet to expanding the State Department.

MSNBC Segment Proves U.S. Border Needs Bigger Wall.  MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff went to preview the prototypes that are being built between two existing border fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.  During the segment, Soboroff was interviewing border patrol agent Roy Villareal when several migrants were caught on camera jumping the existing fence into the United States.  "A small group of three people just jumped over in the middle of the day," Soboroff noted.  "So can you explain to me what's going on?"  "This is the reality of everyday border enforcement.  The United States is the draw for people with dire situations where they are at," Villareal said.  "We are going to continue to witness this.  It plays out on a regular basis for us."

House committee approves $10 billion initial payment for U.S.-Mexico border wall.  The House Homeland Security Committee gave first approval to the broad scope of President Trump's border wall Wednesday, clearing a bill that would authorize $10 billion in new infrastructure spending, new waivers to speed up construction, and 10,000 more border agents and officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico line.  Democrats vehemently opposed the bill, saying the wall was a boondoggle and the fact that U.S. taxpayers will fund it violates the president's campaign pledge to make Mexico foot the bill.  But Republicans backed the bill in a 18-12 party-line vote, saying it was time to get a handle on the border.

Mexican Smugglers Admit Border Walls Work.  A Mexican trafficker admitted that border walls make trafficking significantly more difficult, but claimed that this would somehow be good for his business.  The trafficker, who was identified only as "Alexis," said he specializes in a specific form of human smuggling in cities that are on the border, USA Today reported.  "Right now, I can't imagine exactly how [a wall will be built] but I can tell you that it would be a lot harder if they build that wall," Alexis told USA Today.  "Really, because it's already hard with the fence we have now.  It's difficult because, to start, not just any ordinary person who decides they want to scale it can do it.  It requires skill to get up there.  And to get down, oh man, one of two things can happen.  You jump and if you're athletic you can land OK, but if you're not you can break a foot."

Hungary Builds a Wall, Cuts Illegal Immigration by Over 99 Percent.  Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by over 99 percent after rolling out a series of powerful border fences in response to the European migrant crisis, possibly providing a lesson as to the potential impact of constructing President Trump's much-discussed southern wall in the U.S.

Levin on DACA: 'We Have a Little Problem'; We Don't Know Where Trump Stands.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show program Thursday [9/14/2017], host Mark Levin discussed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), telling his audience "we have a little problem" because it's unclear where President Trump now stands on two key planks of his presidential primary campaign:  DACA and 'The Wall.'  "Well, the backbenchers, TV, the rest, they've kind of caught up where we are here, ladies and gentleman, that we have a little problem," stated Mark Levin.  "We have a little problem.  I'm going to pose a question to you:  Where exactly does President Trump stand on DACA and 'The Wall' today?"

Donald Trump:  The Wall Is Actually Just Renovation of Old Fences.  President Donald Trump admitted that he wasn't actually going to build a great new wall on the southern border but repair existing fences and build selective strategic border structures.  "The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built," Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning [9/14/2017].

Good fences make good neighbors, and walls make better ones.  What could be offensive about a wall, which is as passive a defense system as one can imagine?  If you are worried about offending others, you are already on a slippery slope wherein you can be manipulated by anyone willing to claim hurt feelings.  If Mexico chose to build a wall, I wouldn't be offended.  Amused, perhaps, but I'd cheer them on.  Remarkably, Mexico prefers to let its "cows" wander, letting them feast off our resources.  If only they were literally cows!  They wouldn't ever rape us or kill us in automobile accidents.  They would never sell us drugs.  While they can tunnel under walls or climb over them, these are not reasons to refuse to build a wall.

House Agrees To $1.6 Billion For Border Wall.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday [9/14/2017] that will provide $1.2 trillion to fund the government past Sept. 30, and will allocate $1.6 billion towards President Donald Trump's border wall.  The legislation gives $658.1 billion to the Department of Defense, $44.3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security and allocates the rest of the money towards other federal agencies.  The bill lops [sic] all 12 annual spending bills into two one piece of legislation.

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The word lop does not mean combine, it means cut.  Perhaps the writer meant lump, which can be used as a verb meaning to put in an indiscriminate mass or group.  Five points deducted; see me after class.

Paul Ryan Reportedly Says No Chance for Border Wall at Private Dinner.  House Speaker Paul Ryan, at a private dinner earlier this year, said he thought only "one member" wanted to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Breitbart News has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the comments, including former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO).  The dinner, sources said, took place on the eve of the House's passage of two relatively minor immigration bills at the end of June:  Kate's Law and sanctuary city reforms.  The far wider reaching Davis-Oliver Act was tabled at the same time.

That Time When Democrats Really, Really Liked The Border Wall.  The Daily Caller reported on Obama's border wall support back in 2016:  ["]A leaked internal memo from Barack Obama's 2008 campaign says that fencing at the US-Mexico border could help cut down on illegal immigration.["] [...] Well, by progressive standards, Barack Obama is now a racist.  Yet, it also shows how insane the Left has become over the past decade.  The descent into identity politics and the general shift leftward in political orientation has led the Democratic Party to become insanely out of touch with ordinary Americans, especially in immigration.

Now Republicans Are Running Away From Border Security Promise.  These Republicans.  Has there ever been a more disloyal, spineless, leaderless bunch? [...] The latest exhibit to be added to the long list of Republican broken promises is border security.  Republicans are now running from the Trump "build that wall" promise that was critical in his winning the 2016 Election.  So many Republicans are failing to follow up on this promise (they've been making it to voters for more than three decades) that an open floor vote might prove disastrous.  Instead, a bit of cash will be thrown at the problem, a few miles of new fence, and tens of millions of dollars devoted to further "study."

House Republicans seek to dodge border wall vote.  House Republicans are poised to fund $1.6 billion for President Donald Trump's border wall through a procedural maneuver designed to avoid a floor vote that might fail.  The House Rules Committee is expected to attach funding for the wall that Trump has proposed building along the Mexican border to the so-called minibus, a downsized spending package for the Pentagon, the Energy Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the legislative branch — but not DHS, the Cabinet agency responsible for the wall.  If an amendment to fund the wall is adopted by the Rules Committee, this line item can circumvent a floor vote, sparing GOP immigration moderates and fiscal hawks from being pressed to approve a project that their constituents might view as xenophobic, misguided and wasteful — and sparing GOP leaders possible defeat.

Trump says border needs 700-900 miles of wall.  President Trump put the first concrete number on the miles of border he wants to fence off, saying "anywhere from 700 to 900 miles" need his border wall — and he said he wasn't joking when he suggested erecting solar panels to help pay for construction.  "There is a very good chance we can do a solar wall," the president told reporters Wednesday night [7/12/2017] aboard Air Force One en route to France.  During the campaign Mr. Trump said he wanted to see a wall across the 1,954-mile border with Mexico, but told reporters that he's been convince d there are a number of areas that don't need fencing because of natural barriers.

House GOP allocates $1.6 billion for Trump border wall in 2018.  House Republicans said Tuesday [7/11/2017] they've included $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump's border wall in their new homeland security spending bill, setting up [a] fight with Democrats who have vowed to block any wall funding — even if it means sending the government into a partial shutdown.  GOP leaders said the $1.6 billion fully meets Mr. Trump's request to begin wall construction, which includes 32 miles of new border fencing in Texas, 28 miles of levee wall along the Rio Grande Valley, also in Texas, and 14 miles of replacement fence in San Diego.

France to Use a Wall to Deter Terror.  The French government is constructing a bulletproof, glass wall around the Eiffel Tower to prevent terror attacks that is projected to cost $20 million.  The 8.2-foot-high wall was approved in January, and while many French are outraged by the construction of what they see as an eyesore, local politicians defended the plan.  "The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures," Deputy Mayor Jean-Francois Martins said.  Currently the Eiffel Tower is surrounded by metal barriers as a security measure, but Martins believes the glass wall will be more visually appealing.

Trump Administration Plans Summer Announcement of Wall Prototypes.  President Donald Trump's administration plans to announce design finalists for his "big beautiful wall" soon.  The announcement will take place sometime in the summer of this year, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson.  It will include four to eight designs for wall "prototypes" to be constructed in San Diego.  The exact date and details of the prototypes announcement have not been set, but is expected to be a major milestone for the president's promised project.

Trump requests $24.5-million-per-mile border wall, U.S. choice of immigrants.  The first leg of President Trump's planned border wall will cost an exorbitant $24.5 million per mile, according to the 2018 budget he submitted Tuesday [5/23/2017] that details a massive shake-up in immigration policy.  Mr. Trump calls for a giant increase in detention beds to help end the catch-and-release policies of previous administrations, requests major infusions of cash for more border and interior agents to apprehend illegal immigrants, and proposes more prosecutors and judges to speed their cases along.  Also on tap is a boost in funding for E-Verify, the government's voluntary system that allows businesses to check potential hires' legal status.  Mr. Trump says he wants the system to be mandatory for all U.S. businesses in three years.

DOJ Budget Ramps Up Funding for Eminent Domain' Land Acquisition' in Potential Effort to Clear Way for Border Wall.  Tuesday's Department of Justice budget proposal asks Congress for $1.8 million to "meet litigation, acquisition, and appraisal demands during the construction along the border between Mexico and the United States."  The money will be used to devote 20 new staff members, including 12 attorneys, to the Environmental and Natural Resources Division's Land Acquisition Section (LAS).  This small section of the DOJ handles litigation that arises when the federal government uses its "eminent domain" power to seize land for public projects.

Hungary Unveils New Electrified Border Wall, Watch Towers, And Guards With Machine Guns.  The country of Hungary, 95% of whose citizens opposed European Union migrant quotas in a recent referendum, has reportedly electrified key portions of their border fence.  According to Index.hu, when approaching the border outside of authorized border crossings, those attempting to enter the country will be met with warning signs in Hungarian, Serbian and Arabic advising them that the fence has been electrified.

Trump's Border Wall Will Protect Human Rights.  So what sort of immigration policy best protects genuine human rights?  The Left's answer (often driven by cynical electoral considerations and a seemingly boundless need to virtue-signal) tends favor uncontrolled borders and unlimited immigration.  Many libertarians also support open borders, asserting that people and labor should be allowed to move freely, and that restrictions upon this motion is a violation of rights.  This is certainly better grounded in principles than the Left's customary position.  However, both positions suffer from the same problem:  they privilege the wishes of non-citizens over citizens.

Will Border Wall Divide the Right Over Eminent Domain?  President Trump's border wall could potentially drive a wedge into the GOP as building the structure would require acquiring private property including through eminent domain, which flies in the face of traditional conservative support for property rights.  Conservative property owners along the border in Texas oppose the wall, according to the South Texas Property Rights Association, which represents more than 600 landowners.

AZ Sheriff Opposes Border Wall: 'Medieval Solution to a Modern Problem'.  Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said in an interview with New York Times podcast "The Daily" that lawmakers would be better off giving a fraction of the estimated billions it would take to build the wall to law enforcement.  "I think it's kind of a medieval solution to a modern problem," Napier said.  "I mean, 10,000 years ago we were building walls around things, and here we are in 2017, and this is the best idea we can come up with?"

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Pumping water is also "a medieval solution to a modern problem," but we still do it.  Walls don't require electricity.  They don't have moving parts.  They just stand in place and keep unwelcome people out.

Hungary's border wall
Hungary's new border wall is working spectacularly well.  Hungary is getting major blowback from the E.U. elites.  But as far as I know, they haven't doubled down on "it can't work" the way their American internationalist brethren have.&Nbsp; We have here a classic case of common sense versus "experts" whose predictions can't be trusted.


How Hungary Managed To Erase Illegal Immigration In Just A Few Months.  When other countries welcomed refugees with open arms, Hungary decided it was time to eradicate illegal immigration at any cost.  The country succeeded, but that success damaged relations with the European Union in the process.  Hungary's second border fence has just been completed in the southern town of Asotthalom.  The 96-mile long, 14 ft. tall double-line of defense doesn't look too intimidating from a distance.  Go a little closer and you'll notice several layers of razor-wire capable of delivering electric shocks, cameras, heat sensors and loudspeakers ready to tell migrants they're about to break Hungarian law if they as much as touch the fence.

Don't Obsess Over the Wall.  From Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, Calif., the U.S.-Mexico border stretches nearly 2,000 miles, often across rugged, harsh terrain — including Texas's Big Bend National Park and Arizona's Sonoran Desert.  Building a single, monolithic wall is not feasible for much of this territory, as Trump himself acknowledges at times.  The proposed route of a wall also cuts through privately owned land, raising serious legal questions.  Nevertheless, more barriers in select places are welcome.

California's latest move to "fight the wall" is truly something out of La La Land.  There are still budget battles and (probably) blockades from the 9th Circuit to come, but sooner or later the President is going to get some work started on the border wall.  But if and when he does, California is laying some landmines in advance for any private contractors who dare to bid on the job and pour a single yard of concrete.  In a move being dubbed, "Build it and be banned," California legislators are proposing to impose a permanent ban for government contracts on any company who takes part in the project.

Bulk Cash Pays for the Wall.  In the hyper-charged debate over the merits of building "the wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border and its funding impact on a possible government shutdown, I would like to propose a solution.  The focus has largely been on contraband and illegal immigrants going north.  We largely ignore the other side of the equation; i.e. illicit proceeds — mostly in the form of bulk cash — flowing south.  If we could recover just a few percentage points of the tens of billions of profits from the sale of drugs and other transnational crimes (TOC) that annually flow south across the border, we could pay for the wall.  Moreover, targeting the illicit proceeds should be palatable to both Mexico City and Washington DC, and may serve as a basis for enhanced U.S.-Mexican cooperation on illicit trafficking and related TOC.

Texas Governor:  Build Border Wall With 'Sanctuary City' Funds.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested President Donald Trump and both houses of Congress use federal money withheld from defunded cities, counties and states with so-called "sanctuary" policies to help fund a border wall, during an interview Tuesday [4/11/2017] on "The Laura Ingraham Show."  Abbott, who has withheld state funds from Travis County in Texas because of its sanctuary policies, urged the president to use federal criminal grants stripped away from localities adopting these policies to aid in securing the border.

Why not 50 percent?
Border wall funding solved:  GOP pushes for 2% fee on money immigrants send home.  A group of House Republicans on Thursday [3/30/2017] introduced the first major bill to fund President Trump's border wall, saying the government could collect billions of dollars by imposing a 2 percent fee on all the money Mexicans and other immigrants send back home.  Estimates vary, but remittances from those in the U.S. to their relatives back home could top $130 billion a year.  A 2 percent tax could net more than $2 billion a year if it applied to all money regardless of who's sending it.  "This bill is simple — anyone who sends their money to countries that benefit from our porous borders and illegal immigration should be responsible for providing some of the funds needed to complete the wall," Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican, said in a statement.  "This bill keeps money in the American economy, and most importantly, it creates a funding stream to build the wall."

Here are the design Plans for Trump's border wall.  [Scroll down]  Other requirements include:
  •   A "physically imposing" height of no less than 18 feet but preferably 30 feet tall.
  •   Anti-climbing mechanisms, either by ladder or other tools like hooks that humans may be able to get across.
  •   Prevent tunneling 6 feet below ground.
  •   For breaches to the wall (using building or cutting tools, or torches) to take at least one hour in concrete designs, and 30 minutes in the "other" designs.

Trump's Wall Is Already Paid For.  Critics of the border wall proposed by President Trump have said the cost is prohibitive under current budget and economic conditions, that no way is Mexico going to pay for it, and shifting funds away from the TSA, Coast Guard, and FEMA are counterproductive in terms of national security.  These criticisms ignore the costs to the U.S. in terms other than money — increased crime, overtaxed law enforcement, the drain on public resources such as education, medical care, etc., and the driving down of real wages through an endless supply of cheap labor.  In fact, thanks in large part to the mere threat of the wall, the sudden enforcement of existing law, and the stripping of funding from sanctuary cities by President Trump, illegal immigration has plummeted by 40 percent in February, a trend that if continued will reduce the costs and burdens of illegal immigration to the point that the benefits of enhanced border security, including the wall, will be more than paid for.

Exclusive: Hungary's Border Walls Pay for Themselves Through Savings on Illegal Migrants.  The Hungarian government's decision to rapidly construct strong border fences along their frontiers has had a positive financial effect, achieving substantial savings on the cost of illegal immigration.  Zoltán Kovács, official spokesman for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, told Hungarian media last week that "the monies spent on border protection are very obviously being recouped".

It's worth every nickel, and more importantly, it is fully authorized by the Constitution, inasmuch as we are being invaded.
White House:  Border wall cost could run $25 million per mile.  The estimates of President Trump's proposed border wall run anywhere from $8 million to $25 million a mile, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in a radio interview Monday — though he said no decisions have been made on exactly what the wall will look like.  Mr. Mulvaney, speaking on the "Hugh Hewitt Show," said the White House will ask for some money in the next couple of weeks but won't know the details of the cost and construction until it prepares its 2019 budget, which won't be for another year.

Illegals Cut 9,287 Holes in Obama-Era Border Fence.  During a six-year stretch of the Obama presidency, people illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border cut 9,287 holes in the "pedestrian" fencing that currently covers only 354 miles of the 1,954-mile border, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office.  Only 654 miles of the 1,954-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border currently have any type of fencing, according to GAO.  The other 1,300 miles of border have no fencing.  Of the 654 miles of fencing, 354 miles consists of what the Department of Homeland Security calls "pedestrian" fencing.  The other 300 miles is "vehicle" fencing.

Under Obama, Illegal Immigrants Cut Almost 10,000 Holes In Border Fence.  For six years under the Obama presidency, illegal aliens cuts almost 10,000 holes in the border fence, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.  CNS News' Terry Jeffrey wrote about how these gaps are located in the "pedestrian" portion of the fence, which only covers 354 square miles: [...]

La Raza Declares War on Border Wall, Demands "Reconquista" of Southwest.  The National Council of La Raza, an organization that promotes the Reconquista of the southwest United States, called President Trump's Executive Order a "declaration of war" on the Hispanic community equivalent to the slave trade.  Janet Murgu'a, president of the National Council of La Raza, claimed the president's plan to build a wall on the southern border and deport violent illegal immigrants will "tarnish our nation's character."

More than 200 companies express interest in border wall construction.  Hundreds of companies are lining up to bid on building President Trump's controversial border wall.  As of Tuesday evening [2/28/2017], 225 companies — mostly construction and engineering firms — have expressed interest in building the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a website for contractors interested in doing business with the federal government.

Walls And Fences Are Bad... Except If You're A Hollywood Elitist Attending The Oscars.  Vacuous celebrities stood and applauded a Mexican, Latin-American director who was chosen to present an Oscar, a political jibe at the President's intentions to strengthen border security.  All the while they were safely separated from the unwashed masses by a complex 'maze' of security walls and fences.

The Coming Border War:  A Prediction.  A prediction: when the "Wall" along the southern border begins to be constructed, the left's professional activists will implement an extensive disruption campaign.  It will be modeled after the Keystone Pipeline protest (that involved a makeshift city of 10,000), but be more mobile and flexible, spread out along the border that marks the path of the wall.  Protestors will stand in the path of construction, just at activists have, in the past, chained themselves to trees in the Northwest to stop logging.

DHS secretary: Border wall should be finished in two years.  In his first television interview as Homeland Security secretary, retired four-star Marine Gen. John F. Kelly told Fox News he wants the U.S.-Mexico border wall finished in two years — setting an ambitious schedule for the project ordered last week by President Trump.  "The wall will be built where it's needed first, and then it will be filled in.  That's the way I look at it," Kelly said.  "I really hope to have it done within the next two years."

Dems Won't Rule Out Endangered Species Act Suits To Block Trump's Wall.  President Trump's political opponents may use existing federal laws designed to protect endangered species to stop him from building a border wall to stem the flow of illegal immigrants coming from Mexico.  Environmentalists say Trump's proposed border wall would hinder the movement of endangered species migrating through their natural, cross-border habitats, and activists aren't above filing suit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to stop the wall.

Texas Rep. Calls Out Trump Wall While Los Zetas Cartel Operates in His District.  A congressman from this border city has expressed his disappointment at the executive orders signed by President Donald J. Trump, calling for more border security and a wall.  The comments come at the same time the Los Zetas cartel has laid claim to a local park in his district.  On Wednesday, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) issued a statement calling Trump's wall a 14th century solution to a 21st century problem.  Cuellar denounced the plan, claiming that the move damages bilateral relations with Mexico.

Trump signs executive orders authorizing work on Mexico border wall, withholding funds for 'sanctuary cities'.  President Trump signed an executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and will sign another banning some Muslim immigrants from entering the country — setting off a wave of protests in New York and elsewhere.  Trump's order Wednesday paving the way for construction of the wall is the first in a series of steps he says will stem illegal immigration and strengthen national security.

Top Democrats Voted For The Border Wall Trump Is Building.  President Donald Trump will be able to order the construction of a wall on the Mexico border Wednesday with the stroke of a pen, because of a 2006 law passed with the help of Democrats including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.  The 2006 law authorized the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the southern border, as well as additional lights, cameras and sensors to enhance security.  Although former President George W. Bush signed the measure into law, the Democrat-controlled Congress that took over a few months later ensured it would never be completed by means of an amendment to a 2008 spending bill.

The Current State of the Border Fence.  Recognizing the effectiveness of physical barriers as a means of border control, Congress first mandated the construction of a border fence in 1996 as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA).  IIRIRA called for the construction of a 14-mile, triple-layered fence along the boundary between San Diego and Tijuana.  By 2004, only nine miles of fencing were completed.  Congress subsequently passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006. That legislation called for double-layered fencing along the border, augmented by manpower and technology, and directed the Secretary of Homeland security to construct "reinforced fencing along not fewer than 700 miles of the southwest border, in locations where fencing is deemed most practical and effective."

California Lt. Gov:  We'll Stop Trump's Wall with Environmental Suits.  President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall along with U.S.-Mexico Border will be challenged through environmental lawsuits, according to California's second-highest official.  California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with 'The Golden State Podcast' that he would use specific environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from being built, at least in southern California.

TMZ: Obama Family Building a Wall Around New Home.  President Barack Obama will reportedly have a big, beautiful wall around his new home in Washington DC.  According to spy photos from TMZ, workers are currently building a brick wall around the rental home where the Obamas plan to live after leaving the White House.  The home was sold in 2014 for $5,295,000 and has 9 beds and 8.5 bathrooms.  It has 8,200 square feet and was built in 1928.

Trump Is Laying The Groundwork For His Border Wall Behind The Scenes.  The Trump transition team has asked the Department of Homeland Security to report how much money is available to build a border wall, and to provide other information key to implementing the president-elect's immigration proposals.  The requests outlined by the transition team in an early December meeting with DHS officials suggest Trump is serious about his promises to secure the southern border, deport illegal immigrants and reverse President Obama's executive orders on immigration.

Here We Go!  Republicans In Congress Turn On Trump — Make Move To Stop Border Wall.  And here come the charging RINOs!  Intent on stopping President-elect Donald Trump from building a wall on the border.  You'll recognize the names... it's the same [people] every single time:  Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski.  They join Turban Durbin on drafting a measure that would allow illegal alien children to stay in the US.  Uh, no.  In this particular instance, the sins of the father and mother are the sins of the child.  You cannot justify breaking the law because they are children.  They should stay with their family in their country of origin until they come here legally... the right way... through the front door, not the back.

Why Building the Wall Should Not Be Trump's No. 1 Immigration Priority.  Ironically, Donald Trump's marquee immigration proposal — a border wall, which Mexico will pay for — is the part of his immigration platform least likely to make much difference.  This is not to say it's infeasible or even ill advised.  Only about one-third of the border with Mexico has any kind of fencing, and half of that consists merely of low-rise vehicle barriers intended to stop truck traffic; anyone can easily climb over or under them (as I myself have done on many occasions).  And the president doesn't need further authorization from Congress to build a physical barrier, although he would eventually need additional funding.

The law already allows Donald Trump to build the wall.  There's no shortage of people telling Donald Trump he can't build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.  And maybe, in the end, he won't do it.  But at the moment Trump takes office, he will have the legal authority and the money he needs to get started on the wall.  Yes, there will be obstacles — what's the over/under on the number of lawsuits that will be filed trying to stop it? — but the fact is, the law is already in place that will allow Trump to go forward.  As in other areas of immigration enforcement, Trump will be able to effect radical change simply by following the law.  In this case, it is the Secure Fence Act, passed in 2006 with bipartisan support — 283 votes in the House and 80 in the Senate, including then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Build The Wall:  It Will Save Americans Trillions Of Dollars.  Each year, illegal Mexican migrant workers send $24 [billion] back to Mexico in cash transfers.  American employers paid them under the table and off the books with fraudulent identification.  They never paid taxes, FICA or Social Security on that money.  Their employers wrangled financial murder for the past 40 years.  While illegal alien workers transfer THAT much money annually, all legal and illegal immigrants account for $120 [billion] sent back to Mexico, South America, Africa and Asia.  In other words, immigrants from all countries bleed America financially to death.  At the same time, Mexico smuggles $50 billion annually of drugs into America across a non-guarded, non-existent border.  I've traveled the 1,952 mile Mexican-American border three times to witness that it allows anyone at any time to enter the USA in thousands of unguarded locations.

How 65 countries have erected fences on their borders.  Globalisation was supposed to tear down barriers, but security fears and a widespread refusal to help migrants and refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building across the world, with a third of the world's countries constructing them along their borders.  When the Berlin Wall was torn down a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world.  Today, there are 65 either completed or under construction, according to Quebec University expert Elisabeth Vallet.

Obama shutting off aerial surveillance at border proves the need for border wall.  If you talk to a liberal about solutions for our porous border, they are willing to discuss everything but a fixed, border fence.  They'll filibuster the conversation with talk about aerial surveillance, more border agents, "virtual fencing," cameras, and sensors, etc.  But the minute the discussion turns to a physical barrier on the border, they clam up and adamantly oppose it.  Why the hatred for a physical fence?  For one thing, fences work.

Ill. Legislator Wants to Sanction Firms That Help Trump Build Border Wall.  A bill introduced Wednesday [11/16/2016] in the Illinois General Assembly would punish any businesses that help the federal government build a wall along the U.S. southern border by placing them on a "Prohibited Investment List" alongside companies that boycott Israel and do business with Sudan and Iran.  Building the wall between the U.S. and Mexico was a major promise President-elect Donald Trump made to voters during his successful presidential campaign.  It is also the first goal of Trump's "10 Point Plan to Put America First."  Trump said he will "begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one.  Mexico will pay for the wall."

Trump Immigration Architect — The Wall Will Be Built and There Will Be No Free Passes.  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the architect of the Trump immigration enforcement structures.  Working diligently behind the scenes Kobach is constructing the actual mechanisms and actionable policies that will make President Trump's policy proposals actually come into fruition.

Clinton wall
Hillary Clinton's protective wall around Chappaqua estate.  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.


Open Borders Zealot Zuckerberg Angers Neighbors by Building Massive Security Wall Around His Hawaiian Home.  The island of Kauai is a masterpiece of natural beauty.  That Zuckerberg would both build a security wall and despoil one of the most spectacular islands in the world would shame a normal person, but not — of course — any Democrat.

Arts commission approves plan for higher White House fence.  A plan to increase the overall height of the fence surrounding the White House by approximately 6 feet, about doubling its current height, won preliminary approval from a Washington arts commission Thursday [6/16/2016].

The Value of a Border Wall.  Throughout the course of this primary campaign, Donald Trump has taken virtually every conceivable position on virtually every issue except one.  Proving even a blind squirrel can find an acorn, Trump has been consistent all along that as president he will construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.  Let's assume for a moment that Trump is telling the truth; an almost always an iffy proposition where Trump is concerned.  However, for the sake of this discussion I'll graciously take Trump at his word and assume he would make this a priority in his administration.

President Obama Decides to Build a Border Security Wall. Only Problem: It's in Africa.  [Scroll down]  Since [2011] not much has been done to secure the Southern border because of the high-cost of such an initiative.  However, it appears that spending billions of dollars on U.S. military personnel and supplies to help Niger secure their country from Boko Haram terrorists by, of all things, building a wall, is a cost-effective undertaking.  Meanwhile, back in the United States, illegal immigration through the completely wide open border with Mexico is reportedly costing American taxpayers some $100 billion per year — fully 15 times what it would have cost to build a border fence or wall.  Undocumented immigrants continue to flood in and the threat of real terrorists originating from the middle east and elsewhere remains at an all time high.  In fact, just last year Congressman Jason Chaffetz reported that Federal agents captured four individuals with ties to the Islamic State attempting to cross into the United States.

Migrants Race North as Hungary Builds a Border Fence.  Like a movable feast of despair, the mass of people has overwhelmed the authorities in one stop after another, from the tiny Greek island of Kos to impoverished Macedonia, which declared a state of emergency last week, and now the train and bus stations of Serbia, as they head north to their ultimate destinations in the richer nations of the European Union.  The next link on their route, almost inevitably, are towns like this one on the Hungarian frontier with Serbia.  But Hungarian officials say they have a firm, if unwelcoming, answer to the slow-motion tide:  a fence.

World of walls: How 65 countries have erected fences on their borders.  Globalisation was supposed to tear down barriers, but security fears and a widespread refusal to help migrants and refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building across the world, with a third of the world's countries constructing them along their borders.  When the Berlin Wall was torn down a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world.  Today, there are 65 either completed or under construction, according to Quebec University expert Elisabeth Vallet.

Kenya Begins Construction on Border Wall to Keep Somalis Out.  The Kenyan government has broken ground on a new wall that will span a large swatch of the border between Kenya and Somalia.  While the project had been announced in March, Kenyan authorities appear to have expedited the groundbreaking in response to the terrorist attack at Garissa University.

Border Fencing: One Tool among Many.  Perhaps 40 percent of the illegal population entered legally and then overstayed their visas — pointing to laxity not only in tracking foreign visitors but also in issuing visas to them in the first place.  What's more, many illegal aliens sneak through the legal crossing points — called ports of entry — by either using fraudulent documents or hiding in vehicles.  Nevertheless, controlling the long stretches of the border between ports of entry is essential, and fencing is an important tool in the border patrol's kit.  Consider the situation in El Paso, which used to be one of the main gateways to the United States for illegal aliens.

Senate Just Proved It Can't Be Trusted On Border Security.  In 2006, Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, requiring 700 miles of double-tiered fencing get built along the Mexican border.  Though the fence would only cover a fraction of that border, President Bush told Americans:  "This bill will help protect the American people.  This bill will make our borders more secure.  It is an important step toward immigration reform."  "We have a responsibility to secure our borders," he added.  "We take this responsibility seriously."  Seriously?  A year later, Congress quietly passed a law that largely neutered the fence requirement, and today, only 36 miles of it have been built.

Homeland Security Axes Bush-Era 'Virtual Fence' Project.  The Department of Homeland Security today [1/14/2011] officially scrapped a Bush-era program designed to use radar technology to detect illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a DHS official and a congressional source.

U.S. ends "virtual fence" project on Mexican border.  President Barack Obama's administration on Friday canceled the troubled "virtual fence" project meant to better guard stretches of the vast U.S. border with Mexico and will replace it with other security measures.  The project, begun in 2006 and run by Boeing Co, has cost about $1 billion and was designed to pull together video cameras, radar, sensors and other technologies to catch illegal immigrants and smugglers trying to cross the porous border.

Border fence

This is a secure border?  Here's some of the 700 miles of border fence the Obama administration takes credit for.  "Your grandma could get over or under," notes Mark Krikorian.

The virtual fence is abandoned:
Work to cease on 'virtual fence' along U.S.-Mexico border.  The Obama administration will halt new work on a "virtual fence" on the U.S.-Mexican border, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday [3/16/2010], diverting $50 million in planned economic stimulus funds for the project to other purposes.  Napolitano said the freeze on work beyond two pilot projects in Arizona was pending a broader reassessment.

Arizona Can't Wait Any Longer.  Weren't we told, ladies and gentlemen, back in 2007 that amnesty would not be pushed through Congress until we had secured the border?  We were told this after the American people rose up and opposed amnesty.  Work was started on the "virtual fence," right?  We were going to secure the border after 2007 and gonna start work on the virtual fence.  Anybody notice how that's been going? ... They abandoned the virtual fence.  They're about to stop funding for it.  It was a pretend thing from the get-go.  It was illusory.

Costly virtual border fence in tatters.  The Department of Homeland Security, positioning itself to cut its losses on a so-called invisible fence along the U.S.- Mexico border, has decided not to exercise a one-year option for Boeing to continue work on the troubled multibillion-dollar project involving high-tech cameras, radar and vibration sensors.  The result, after an investment of more than $1 billion, may be a system with only 53 miles of unreliable coverage along the nearly 2,000-mile border.

Sheriff Babeu:  It's 'An Outrage' Obama Stopped Building Border Fence.  Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., says it is "an outrage" the Obama administration has stopped building the double-fencing needed to assist the Border Patrol in securing the U.S.-Mexico border and says it is time for the United States to begin fighting illegal immigration and drug smuggling directly at the border instead of within the country where it harms American citizens and communities.

America's Slipping Grasp on Self-Governance.  After the public stopped the 2007 amnesty bill, a seemingly repentant Congress promised to build hundreds of miles of double-layered border fence.  The lion's share of the fence was meant to disrupt the high-volume human-trafficking areas along the Arizona-Mexico border.  It was a start.  Unfortunately, the start never started.  After delays due to land "surveying," the border fence has been mostly defunded and forgotten.  Petitions over the federal government's failure to follow through were met with only token promises of extra protection, virtual fences, and more resources on the border.

Obama builds the crisis, not a fence.  In the ongoing chronicle of our broken southern border, Arizona's Republican Sen. John Kyl charged late last month that in a recent one-on-one meeting, Mr. Obama told him if he takes steps to secure the boundary between the U.S. and Mexico, Republicans would be less likely to support comprehensive immigration reform, and therefore he would not do so.  Politics: 1, national security: 0.

Who Tore Down the Virtual Fence?  The need to secure our nation's borders has never been greater.  Each and every day unknown thousands of illegal aliens including, undoubtedly, criminals and terrorists easily make their way across our nation's borders.  Each and every day unknown tons of narcotics and ... other contraband are also smuggled into the United States even as our nation's leaders talk about concerns about weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) being smuggled into the United States.

Just Finish the Fence.  Why did building the fence along our southern border stop?  Instead of building the fence, Barack Obama would rather build a political party of illegal aliens and their supporters.  Unless we want to be dealing with immigration problems in perpetuity, the fence must be completed.

After spending hundreds of millions of dollars on it,
Senators Call for Scrapping 'Virtual Fence'.  Two senators said Tuesday [4/20/2010] it's time to consider ending a contract for a "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexico border, contending it doesn't stop illegal immigration.

De-Fence, De-Fence.  The government puts the brakes on a problem-plagued "virtual" fence on our border with Mexico.  Whatever happened to the old-fashioned kind?  If ever there was a shovel-ready project, this is it.

Napolitano halts funding for 'virtual fence'.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday [3/16/2010] that she has cut off funding for a costly surveillance system billed as a "virtual fence" to protect the Southwest border.

No finish in sight for 'virtual' border fence.  A multibillion-dollar "virtual fence" along the southwestern border promised for completion in 2009 to protect the U.S. from terrorists, violent drug smugglers and a flood of illegal immigrants is a long way from becoming a reality, with government officials unable to say when, how or whether it will ever be completed.

People From Countries Tied to Terrorism Enter USA through Mexico.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told senators it is a national security concern that people from countries with ties to terrorism could 'potentially' gain entry into the United States by crossing the country's southern border.  But according to the Department of Homeland Security's own reports, thousands of people from 14 "special interest" countries already have come into the United States illegally, including some across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Environmental laws put gaps in Mexico border security.  In the battle on the U.S.-Mexico border, the fight against illegal immigration often loses out to environmental laws that have blocked construction of parts of the "virtual fence" and that threaten to create places where agents can't easily track illegal immigrants.

Mr. Obama, Put Up That Fence.  According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), only 32 miles of the called-for 700 by the Congress in 2006 has been erected by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This is in direct defiance of the will of the majority of United States citizens and blame lies directly with Presidents Bush and Obama and the current Secretary of DHS, Janet Napolitano all of whom favored open borders, free entry for illegal aliens and amnesty for those that are already within our borders.

Feds Have Built Only 32 Miles of 700 Mile Double-Border Fence.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has built only 32 miles of double-layer fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border out of the 700 miles originally mandated by a 2006 act of Congress, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Border Fence is Progressing.  The $2.7 billion border "fence" authorized by Congress to be built along stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border is just over two-thirds finished — and should be mostly complete by the end of the year.  But not everyone is happy with it.

Texas officials sue US over border fence.  Texas mayors and business leaders filed a class-action lawsuit Friday [5/16/2008] alleging Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff hoodwinked landowners into waiving their property rights for construction of a fence along the Mexican border.

Homeland Security Scrapping, Replacing Sub-Par Virtual Fence Along Arizona-Mexico Border.  The government will replace its highly touted "virtual fence" on the Arizona-Mexico border with new towers, radars, cameras and computer software, scrapping the brand-new $20 million system because it doesn't work sufficiently, officials said.

'Virtual' Border Fence Virtually Gone.  When Congress mandated that the Department of Homeland Security build a 200 mile fence along the border with Mexico, DHS decided to make 28 of those miles a "virtual fence" — electronically monitored so that border security would be notified if anyone was crossing.  Great idea.  Too bad it's a spectacular failure.

Researchers Fear Southern Fence Will Endanger Species Further.  The debate over the fence the United States is building along its southern border has focused largely on the project's costs, feasibility and how well it will curb illegal immigration.  But one of its most lasting impacts may well be on the animals and vegetation that make this politically fraught landscape their home.

Build the Fence Now.  There is an old saying that a good fence makes for good neighbors.  This truism has never been more applicable than with our Southern neighbor of Mexico.  A good fence makes good immigration policy too.  Unfortunately, the current Senate Immigration Bill's focus is not on the fence.  It is on making people who've broken the law legal.  Unless we want to be dealing with this issue again in five or 10 years, after millions more illegals have entered our country, the fence must become the focus of any solution.

Katrina Nation:  Building the first 100 miles of "virtual fence" will take Bush longer than it took FDR to win World War II.  The admission of failure comes two years after Bush announced plans for "the most technologically advanced border initiative in American history."

The Incredible Disappearing Border Fence.  It's an object lesson in gesture politics and homeland insecurity.  It's a tale of hollow rhetoric, meaningless legislation and bipartisan betrayal.  And in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, it's a helpful learning tool as you assess the promises of immigration enforcement converts now running for president.

U.S. Senate Turns Back On Border Fence.  In a quiet act of defiance, the Senate approved a $555 billion omnibus spending bill that removed legal requirements mandating the federal government fund 854 miles of a double layer border fence spanning America's southwestern border.  The funding requirement was codified into law when Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed, the Secure Fence Act (SFA) in 2006.

A fence we can live with.  A tip of the hat to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for setting aside the environmental laws, as Congress permitted him to do, to facilitate prompt completion of the remaining 470 miles of fence along the Mexican border.  It's good to see recognition that environmental concerns don't always trump everything else, especially national security.

Hutchison on defensive over border fence amendment.  In an uncharacteristic display of public frustration with party colleagues, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday [1/11/2008] sharply criticized two Republican congressmen who had accused her of a stealth effort to derail the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

High-Tech Border Patrol:  5 New Tricks to Find Smuggler Tunnels.  The Department of Homeland Security says tunnels under the U.S.-Mexico border are proliferating as security is tightened aboveground.  The solution?  A sensor network that peers through dirt and rock.  The technologies to build it are being developed with funding from the department's advanced research wing.

The GOP Senate's Collective Contempt For Its Base.  The physical fence is the outward manifestation of an inward conviction to respect the will of the people.  The rhetoric about virtual fence is understood — rightly or wrongly but with certainty — to be a ruse….

Mexican anger over US 'trespass'.  Mexico's Congress has condemned what it says is a border violation by US workers building a controversial barrier between the two countries.  Legislators say workers and equipment building a section of the barrier have gone 10 yards into Mexico.  The alleged border violation comes ahead of a high-level meeting in the Canadian capital Ottawa.

Texas Officials Criticize Fence Plan.  A new map showing President Bush's planned border fence has riled Rio Grande Valley officials, who say the proposed barrier reneges on assurances that the river would remain accessible to farmers, wildlife and recreation.

Texas Cities Block Access to Border Land.  Mayors along the Texas-Mexico border have begun a quiet protest of the federal government's plans to build a fence along the border:  They are refusing to give access to their land.  Mayors in Brownsville, Del Rio and El Paso have denied access to some parts of their city property, turning away federal employees assigned to begin surveys or conduct other preliminary work on the fence meant to keep out illegal immigrants.

All talk and no action:
Senate denies funds for new border fence.  Less than two months after voting overwhelmingly to build 370 miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico, the Senate yesterday [7/13/2006] voted against providing funds to build it.

The immigration facade:  Even if lawmakers had come up with all the funding to pay for the fencing — and they didn't — barriers only squeeze more illegal immigrants through those parts of the border that aren't fenced off.  In the 1990s, crackdowns in El Paso and San Diego sent millions of illegal immigrants to crossing points in the Arizona desert.

Funding for 700-mile border fence falls short.  President Bush's budget includes enough money to build only half the U.S.-Mexico border fence Congress demanded last fall, leaving supporters of a 700-mile barrier seething Monday and immigration advocates shrugging that it was just an election-year ploy.

Minutemen building Arizona border fence.  Scores of volunteers gathered at a remote ranch Saturday [5/27/2006] to help a civilian border-patrol group start building a short security fence in hopes of reducing illegal immigration from Mexico.

Rep. Pelosi criticizes border fence.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a plan to build fencing along parts of the Mexico border a "terrible idea" that overlooks local communities.  Pelosi made the comments during her trip to the Rio Grande Valley for the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science & Technology Week conference at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Lies about the fence.  An earlier Homeland Security appropriations bill earmarked $1.2 billion for border security, so a down payment on the fence is available, but there is some question as to whether that money will or won't be used for the fence, which would cover approximately one-third of our border with Mexico.  One thing is certain, however:  The fence represents a great divide — not between Mexico and the United States, but between those who believe in self-defense and those who don't.

The barrier method works.  A Monday story by the Reuters news service should be required reading for anyone opposed to illegal immigration:  "Experts see U.S. border fence plan as impractical" is a stunning example of the intellectual dishonesty of Big Media and apologists for illegal aliens.  And surely the most stunning, how oblivious both seem to be about it.

With Senate Vote, Congress Passes Border Fence Bill.  The Senate gave final approval last night to legislation authorizing the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border, shelving President Bush's vision of a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in favor of a vast barrier.

New fences protecting fragile areas on border.  Only a few steps north of the barbed-wire fence that separates the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge from Mexico is a chain of steel sawhorses that could help save a park trampled by illicit visitors and littered with trash and rusting vehicles.

Company donates hi-tech fencing for Minuteman group.  A Washington-based company is donating up to $7 million worth of fiber-optic security fencing material for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to use in any new barriers the group erects to try to keep illegal immigrants out of Arizona.

Wall Costs Worth It.  Now that Congress is voting to build fences, punish burrowing illegals, and require Real ID's ofr citizens, (agri-)businessmen and consumers are aghast that improving border security already costs them.  The added expense isn't just in resources like fence lumber, brick mortar, technology, and security manpower.  No, it's hitting home now that the new efforts to restrict illegal immigration may cause serious economic disruptions.  Have you noticed the cost of lettuce lately?

Senate OKs Border Fence, Mulls Citizenship.  The Senate voted to build 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the Mexican border Wednesday [5/17/2006] and clashed over citizenship for millions of men and women who live in the United States illegally.

Fence or no fence, what's all the fuss about?  History has shown that immigrants in search of freedom and prosperity will climb over, tunnel under, or circumvent any fence.  But if fencing helps pass a broad-based reform bill, so be it.

Minutemen Gaining in Immigration Debate.  Minuteman organizers say this spring's marches have proved to be an unexpected recruitment tool for Americans who feel uneasy about the burgeoning immigration movement but may have considered the organization a pack of gun-toting vigilantes.

Minutemen turn away Arab news crew.  The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has canceled plans for an Al Jazeera news crew to interview volunteers patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border today after volunteers threatened to walk off their posts.

Border incursions rattling Arizonans.  After long downplaying the number of incursions along the Southwestern border, top Border Patrol officials now acknowledge such incidents are all too common.  Over the past decade, the Department of Homeland Security has reported 231 incursions along the border, including 63 in Arizona.

The Official Minuteman Civil Defense Corps web site.

A wall is key to any reform.  Every sensible immigration policy has two objectives: (1) to regain control of our borders so that it is we who decide who enters, and (2) to find a way to normalize and legalize the situation of the 11 million illegals among us.  Start with the second.  No one of good will wants to see these 11 million suffer.  But the obvious problem is that legalization creates an enormous incentive for new illegals to come.

Why a 'Virtual Fence' Is a Virtual Farce:  The notion that cameras mounted on Predator drones obviate the need for physical barrier infrastructure should be dismissed as absurd on its face, yet several senators are promoting it seriously.  Upon examination, however, what they describe as a virtual fence is no such thing.  They do not describe a barrier, they describe a detection system.

Border Fence is legitimate self-defense.  Build a double border fence all the way from San Ysidro to Brownsville, and patrol it well.  Where geography prevents construction of a physical fence, deploy other resources in sufficient number to shut down illegal crossings.

Highway sound barriers as border fences?  As discussion of erecting a security fence along U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada heats up, some analysts say it's possible Washington could economically erect thousands of miles of barrier to keep out illegal aliens, smugglers and terrorists, for about half of what the Pentagon is spending a month to fight the war on terror.

"Vigilantes" on the border?  Social Security used to be called the third rail of politics but illegal immigration is the real third rail that both political parties are afraid to touch.  Cops who find illegal aliens are under orders not to turn them in to the feds.  And the federal government's own border guards have their hands tied by the higher-ups as well.

Congress to vote on bill that waives environmental laws.  Congress is expected to vote next week on a measure that would allow completion of a controversial triple-fencing project along the U.S.-Mexico border near Imperial Beach [California] without complying with state or federal environmental safeguards.  The triple-fencing project would run along the westernmost 3.5 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.



Mexico itself is part of the problem.

The Mexico Tragedy.  Since the country's birth, the barbarism in Mexican life has been its shape-shifting, dog-eat-dog lawlessness — an enduring contempt for shared norms and an allegiance to personal power that in recent decades has expressed itself in waves of violent crime.  And whereas ten years ago, most crime came from drug cartels on the U.S. border, the problem has since metastasized nationwide.  In cities and villages, from north to south and sea to sea, an ever-evolving, ever-replenishing population of thieves, extortionists, kidnappers, drug traffickers, cheats, and assassins has besieged society, defying or co-opting governments at every level.  Mexicans' ingenuity and ambitions, long stifled by their self-dealing political class, are finding an outlet in outlawry.  Consider the agility of the drug trade.  Mexicans have supplied the U.S. with illegal substances for more than a century — beginning with marijuana and heroin between the world wars, then Colombian cocaine in the 1980s, methamphetamines a decade later, and now fentanyl, by way of China.

In El Chapo's Trial, Extraordinary Steps to Keep Witnesses Alive.  International drug lords sometimes kill people who plan to take the witness stand against them.  It has happened so often in Mexico, for example, that some have described the country's witness protection program as a witness detection program, or a hit list.

Fact: The Age of Sexual Consent Throughout the Majority of Mexico is Only 12!  Though the reason behind the massive number of child sexual assaults being committed by illegal aliens is being ignored by the national press, there is a simple explanation for the epidemic of child sexual assaults at the hands of illegal aliens in this country:  the age of sexual consent throughout the majority of Mexico is only 12 years of age.

Mexico's Next Chapter.  Mexico, like Central America, has Sicario levels of crime, with the number of homicides hitting a new record last year.  Further, crime in Mexico has been proliferating, from lucrative drug smuggling into the United States to chaotic domestic crimes like punching holes in oil pipelines and derailing trains.  Indeed, the proliferation of train robberies in Mexico sounds like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid crossed with Lawrence of Arabia. [...] And yet we never are told that Mexico's criminality might be a good reason to, say, build the Wall.  You see, gang violence in Central America drives emigration to the U.S., while gang violence in Mexico does not.  Or something.  Nobody has really thought about it.

The biggest losers in Mexico's election?  The Democrats.  Every election has winners and losers, and Mexico's is no exception.  While the press is making much of Mexico's centrist PRI and center-right PAN parties being the big losers in last night's election of socialist Andrés Manuel López-Obrador in Mexico, the real loser is actually up north, in the U.S. Democratic Party.  Sounds strange until you look at the details.  After all the ideological compatibility between AMLO's new lefty MORENA party and the increasingly socialist U.S. Democrats seems to be identical.  Both favor heavy social spending, forced unionization of workers, political patronage, Chicago-style political muscle, and fealty to the ideals of the Socialist International.  It's what most socialists do until they run out of Other People's Money.  Democrats have staked their future on uneducated, needy illegals forming the base of their party's fortunes.  In Mexico, AMLO has done the same thing.  The problem comes because the Mexicans in question are the same people.

AMLO
Mexican Marxist Wins, Promises Animosity Towards United States.  Andrés Manuel López-Obrador, a former mayor of Mexico City who styles himself as a champion for rural Mexico, anti-Trump, and during the campaign urged illegal immigration into the United States, has won the presidency in Mexico.  If AMLO (as he's also known in Mexico) is indeed a hard left socialist as we are being told, it is time to put up the wall, because Mexico is on its way to becoming a disaster like Venezuela, and the United States is not capable of absorbing the resulting flood of refugees that would result.


The Probable Next President of Mexico Has Called for Mass Migration to the U.S..  Andrés Manuel López-Obrador (AMLO), the far-left presidential candidate in Mexico and former mayor of Mexico City, has called for mass migration to the U.S., saying it is a "human right" for Mexican citizens to enter the United States.  Just what we need.  Another "human right" invented by the left.

Mexico's presidential frontrunner promises Mexicans a new goodie:  Flight from his socialist rule.  Socialist Andrés Manuel López-Obrador, currently the frontrunner in Mexico's presidential election on July 1, has a wonderful goodie to offer the Mexican descamisados: the right to flee his socialist regime.  It's a new one, given that each Mexican presidential candidate, up until now, has always campaigned on the promise that life would be so good for Mexicans if he becomes president.  You would think there would be no need to flee illegally to El Norte.  AMLO, as he is known, sees things differently.

'It's a Human Right': Mexican Presidential Candidate on Mass Exodus to America.  Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) called for mass immigration to the United States during a speech Tuesday declaring it a "human right" for all North Americans.  "And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world," Obrador said, adding that immigrants "must leave their towns and find a life in the United States."  He then declared it as "a human right we will defend," eluniversal.com reports.

The man likely to be the next president of Mexico just called for mass migration to the US.  To be sure, AMLO [Andrés Manuel López Obrador] is only saying out loud what every other Mexican president believed in his heart; that America is Mexico's "social safety net" and that it's up to the US taxpayer to take care of Mexico's unemployable, destitute millions.  Unsaid by AMLO is the implication of a mass migration of Mexicans to the US. The not-so-secret dream of every Mexican government that illegals flooding into America will eventually allow for a "return" of California and much of the American southwest to Mexico.  What makes this socialist different, however, is his novel argument that entering the US illegally is actually a "human right."

112 Politicians Have Been Murdered In Mexico Since Last September.  If you run for political office in Mexico, you are literally putting your life on the line.  On Friday [6/8/2018], another congressional candidate was coldly shot in the back of the head, and the entire nation of Mexico is literally descending into chaos.

Cycling tourists were robbed, murdered in Mexico: authorities.  Two European bicyclists found dead in a ravine in southern Mexico were robbed and murdered, authorities say, despite earlier claims they plunged to their deaths in an accident.  Prosecutor Luis Alberto Sanchez said the bodies of Krzystof Chmielewski, of Poland, and Holger Hagenbusch, of Germany, were found at the bottom of a cliff in Chiapas state, the BBC reported.  Chmielewski, 37, was shot in the head and found on April 26 about 130 feet below the road he'd been traveling on.  Hagenbusch, 43, likely died from a head wound sustained during a beating and wasn't discovered until May 4.

Violence in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos threaten Mexico's tourism industry.  Tourists taking the ferry from this tourist town to the island of Cozumel now walk down a wharf lined with police, heavily armed soldiers and bomb-sniffing dogs.  Those safeguards came after a Feb. 21 explosion ripped through one of the ferries, injuring 24 people, including five Americans.  Explosives were later found on another ferry owned by the same company.  "It's something that makes you feel safer," Roberto Cintrón, president of the Cancún hotel owners' association, said about the soldiers and security after a recent ferry ride to Cozumel.  "It's the complete opposite situation of the insecurity many people think of."

Why the U.S. Considers Parts of Mexico as Dangerous as Syria, Somalia.  The U.S. Department of State (DoS) rolled out a level-based warning system and issued "do not travel" advisories to five Mexican states — all for cartel violence.  A level down, DoS advised travelers "reconsider" (level 3) Central America's Northern Triangle states, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.  The State Department point system quantified freedom to travel safely across the board.

US slaps highest-level 'do not travel' warning on five Mexican states.  The State Department unveiled a revamped travel warning system Wednesday, giving five Mexican states the sternest "do not travel" advisory alongside war-torn nations like Syria, Yemen and Somalia.  All five states — Tamaulipas on the U.S. border and Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero on the Pacific coast — are hotspots of drug cartel activity, either hosting trafficking routes or extensive drug-crop cultivation.  The new warning system designates the states as a "level 4" risk, the highest level of potential danger.  Mexico as a whole has a level 2 rating, meaning Americans should "exercise increased caution" because of concerns about crime.  But an additional 11 Mexican states got a level 3 warning Wednesday [1/10/2018], which urges people to "reconsider travel" there.  Mexico has 31 states in all.

Mexico Ends 2017 Tied with Syria as Most Dangerous Country for Journalists.  Mexico is closing out 2017 — tied with Syria — as the world's most dangerous country for journalists, with 12 reporters murdered during the year, the highest yearly total in its history.  Twelve journalists also were killed in wartorn Syria during 2017.  Although Reporters Without Borders (RSF) registered a global decline in crimes against reporters in 2017, with the year being the least deadly for journalists in the last 14 years, Mexico stood out as an exception with a rising trend of killings.  Of the 65 journalists killed worldwide in 2017, 12 died in Mexico, where drug traffickers and organized crime threaten, extort, attack and execute journalists who report on their criminal activities.  According to RSF, Mexico and Syria both had 12 reporters killed this year, followed by Afghanistan with nine and Iraq with eight.

Mexico Exporting Toxic Waste To Texas?  Thanks, NAFTA!  While American conservatives have traditionally been supportive of free trade, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), no deal is perfect.  The latest testament to that fact comes in the form of this bit of news:  Mexico continues to export toxic waste to the US, courtesy of NAFTA — and in Texas, regulators might even let some rich guy house it in a landfill he's building in a floodplain.

In Wake of Hurricane Harvey Spills, Texas Landowner Fights to Import Toxic Waste from Mexico.  Toll road developer Carlos "C.Y." Benavides III is continuing to press on with his plans for a toxic waste dump in a south Texas floodplain, despite toxic spills from flooding due to Hurricane Harvey around the city of Houston.  Benavides' dump would receive waste from Mexico and other U.S. states around Texas.  "Building a landfill in the middle of a floodplain is a flagrant and reckless disregard of the health and safety of both humans and the environment," Laredo City Council Member George Altgelt said.  "The fact that the proposed dump will be upwind (with volatile heavy metal-laced coal ash) and bringing its toxic supply of trash over the fabled 'streets of Laredo' is a risk we have decided is not something we can expose our constituents to."

Mexico dispatches top official to help Mexicans avoid living in Mexico.  Mexico has dispatched foreign relations secretary Luis Videgaray to California and Washington, D.C. to help Mexicans avoid deportation... to Mexico.  That's right.  Apparently, having to live in that country is so bad that even its officials are trying to help Mexicans escape that grim, grim fate.  Don't imagine that the Mexicans on either side of the border, let alone the media, notice the irony.  But it says something that Mexico is so determined to keep its citizens here instead of "benefiting" from their own country.

State Department issues travel warning for Mexico.  The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning Tuesday [8/22/2017] for Americans traveling to certain parts of Mexico.  The advisory cautions citizens to avoid traveling to certain locations due to increased criminal activity.  Areas such as Baja California Sur, where the popular tourist destination Cabo San Lucas is, and Quintana Roo, where Cancun and Riviera Maya are located, have seen a spike in homicide rates this year.

So many journalists have been killed in Mexico this year that a newspaper is shutting down.  There was the freelance writer, slain at a carwash.  Then, the columnist that was shot twice as he left a restaurant with his wife and son.  And on March 23, a 54-year-old journalist and mother of three, Miroslava Breach, was fatally shot eight times outside her home while she was in her car with one of her children.  A rolled-up piece of cardboard was left with a chilling reason for the crime:  "being a tattletale."  Three Mexican journalists were killed last month in an "unprecedented" wave of violence against the press.  The job of a journalist has become so dangerous in the nation that one Mexican newspaper owner has decided he is no longer willing to take on the risk.

Mexico's Sewage Warfare.  After decades of being a good neighbor and spending more than half a billion dollars to build Tijuana's sewage treatment plants, Mexico has repaid the favor by intentionally unleashing 143 million gallons of stench-filled sewage onto San Diego's beaches over 17 days in February.  It's the biggest spill in two decades, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.  San Diego officials say it was done without warning, was deliberately done, and still has garnered no response from Mexican officials who won't even take U.S. phone calls.  Supposedly, the idea was to save millions in pumping costs by shipping it to the gringos up north.  But it makes one wonder if it might just be sewage warfare, given Mexico's fury at President Trump's proposed border wall and Tijuana's bizarre silence.

How Illegal Immigration Finally Turned Off the Public.  Mexico itself has become quite unpopular.  Accordingly to recent polls, never have Americans had more negative views of Mexico than during the era of Obama.  Americans tired of being told that Mexico did not like the U.S., when the real truth was increasingly the opposite.  It is not just the daily news of cartels, beheadings, and corruption that made Mexico unattractive, but the cynicism of the Mexican government itself.  Mexico and Central American nations receive $50 billion a year in remittances from their expatriate citizens in the United States.  But if illegal aliens were impoverished and exploited as their home countries alleged, how could they transfer such monumental sums back home — and why would not their mother countries worry about the ensuing burdens placed upon their low-wage-earning citizens abroad?

Time to Get Tough with Mexico.  Mexico is a failing narco-state and an economic parasite, and the United States and Canada are hitched to the wagon.  The weak foreign policies and welcoming trade agreements toward Mexico by its two democratic and wealthy northern neighbors have not been productive.  It is time for a rethink on how we should deal with Mexico, and most importantly, it is time to get tough and practice realpolitik rather than a utopian fantasy.

Mexico Is in Free Fall.  As pressing as the Middle East, south Asia, and Russia (as well as Iran and North Korea) are, another crisis far closer to home could create as much peril as a nuclear-armed Iran, an aggressively resurgent Russia, or even an Islamist-dominated Pakistan.  That crisis is located in Mexico, which is in free fall, its state institutions under threat as they have not been since at least the Cristero uprising of the late 1920s and possibly since the Mexican revolution of 1910.  While the Obama administration is obviously aware of what is happening south of the Rio Grande, the threat simply does not command the attention that its gravity requires.

U.S. military report warns 'sudden collapse' of Mexico is possible.  The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and press by criminal gangs and drug cartels.  How that internal conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state.  Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response based on the serious implications for homeland security alone.

First things first:  Fix Mexico.  You want to solve the illegal immigration problem?  Well, here's the answer:  Make Mexico rich. … A Mexico with a per capita income somewhere even close to America's would stop sending its poorest workers abroad, largely because those workers wouldn't want to leave.

Mexico:  The Early Signs of a Failed State?  Mexican law enforcement officials are walking into U.S. ports of entry in increasing numbers to seek political asylum, and the flow may soon become a flood as Mexico's battle with the drug cartels intensifies.  Our first instinct is to welcome them, but there is more at stake than humanitarian sentiments.

Miserable Mexico burdens U.S..  Those who had hoped the NAFTA would prod Mexicans to modernize their economy were disappointed.  Mexico remains among the most corrupt and least efficient nations in the world — tainted by a yawning gap between the tiny minority of very rich and the rest of the country, particularly the 40 percent who are very poor.

Mexico is Harsh to Undocumented Migrants.  Considered felons by the government, these migrants fear detention, rape and robbery.  Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels.  Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take their money.

llegal immigrants follow the money.  More than 10 million have fled Mexico's sputtering economy, where the gross domestic product is only one-sixth that of the U.S. ($5,877 per capita compared to more than $36,000). … Many of these immigrants work long hours in order to send tens of billions of dollars in "remittances" back to desperate family members.

How does Mexico treat its illegals?  Typically, when Mexican authorities catch illegal aliens, they place them overnight in a detention center, then bus or fly them back to their country of origin.  Despite the fact that Mexico militarized its border and deported 203,128 illegal immigrants in 2004, many illegals get through by bribing corrupt military and police.

Mexico Retaliates for Border Wall Plan.  The Mexican government, angered by a U.S. proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, has struck back with radio ads urging Mexican workers to denounce rights violations in the United States.  Facing a growing tide of anti-immigrant sentiment north of the border, the Mexican government is also hiring an American public relations firm to improve its image.

Mexicans crossing the line:  Whoever they are, they're heavily armed, apparently well-trained and pose a serious risk to U.S. agents.  Which is why the Bush administration needs to find out what's going on and who's behind it.  As a matter of border security, the United States cannot allow foreign commandos to operate with impunity inside our country.  That should be common sense.  But apparently it's not the prevailing wisdom.

[Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of Homeland Security, should be fired.  Without secure borders, there is no homeland security.]

The Second Mexican War:  The Mexican invasion of the United States began decades ago as a spontaneous migration of ordinary Mexicans into the U.S. seeking economic opportunities.  It has morphed into a campaign to occupy and gain power over our country — a project encouraged, abetted, and organized by the Mexican state and supported by the leading elements of Mexican society.

U.S. gives Mexico millions for security.  The U.S. government has sent more than $376 million to Mexico in the past decade for that country's military and police to help stop alien and drug smugglers, guard against terrorists and protect America's southern border, including $50 million due this year.

US lawmaker sees border 'war' with renegade Mexican troops.  A Colorado lawmaker said there was a "war" under way along the US-Mexico border and urged President George W. Bush to deploy troops there, alleging drug trafficking by the Mexican military.  Republican Representative Tom Tancredo said the United States was facing "a war" with renegade Mexican troops over the long, porous border.

Illegal Aliens Kill In America, Then Take Refuge In Mexico.  Law-enforcement officials want President Bush to ask Mexican President Vicente Fox at their March 23 meeting in Texas to extradite criminal aliens who fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution, including a Mexican national suspected in the killing of a Los Angeles deputy sheriff.

Mexican official seeks open border.  Mexico's newest border czar wants to begin building additional travel lanes at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border and to increase the number of border crossings into the United States — the first steps, he hopes, toward an open border with no checkpoints.

Something Rotten in Mexico:  Armando Garcia is but one of many beneficiaries of our southern neighbor's enlightened justice system.  More than sixty suspects wanted for murder in Los Angeles County alone are said to be taking refuge in Mexico, whose government is only too willing to see its criminals head for El Norte, yet inexplicably protects them when they return to hide from American courts.

Mexican MDs refuse to set Canadian man's broken legs.  A Cape Breton woman whose son survived a fall from a sixth-floor balcony in Mexico says doctors there won't set his broken bones without cash up front.



Obstacles to legal immigration:

The $64 Billion Question.  Spend 30 seconds on the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Worse yet, try to get a human being who works for USCIS.gov to answer a phone.  You'll soon realize how horribly frustrating, complicated and bureaucratic everything about our government immigration system is.

The Relationship of Legal to Illegal Immigration.  Legal immigrants from 1965 arrived in such massive numbers, they began enclaving and not assimilating.  They've built city-states completely separated from mainstream America.  They kept their own language and mores of their former societies.  Their consequences grow as their numbers grow.

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Multilingualism and multiculturalism is part of the immigration problem.

Spanish-language broadcasting and multilingual ballots are a big part of the immigration problem, in the case of either legal or illegal immigration.  If foreigners come here and speak only the language they knew in the "old country", they'll never blend in with the rest of us.  Assimilation is vital if we are to live in a unified culture.

The flag, the schools, the immigrants, and us.  Exalting multiculturalism and multilingualism, and encouraging separatism on the part of minorities, liberals are in effect asking Americans not just to open their doors but to tear down the house.

E pluribus unum?  "Instead of a transformative nation with an identity all its own," [Arthur] Schlesinger wrote, "America increasingly sees itself in this new light as preservative of diverse alien identities — groups ineradicable in their ethnic character."  He asserts, by way of inquiry, "Will the melting pot give way to the Tower of Babel?"

Schwarzenegger vetoes proposal to offer tests in Spanish.  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill yesterday [10/7/2005] by a South County legislator that would have allowed California to test students in Spanish to measure whether schools are meeting federal education goals.

Multiculturalism's double-edge sword.  As the costs and inconvenience of [illegal immigration] grows, our tolerance for it shrinks.  Soon overburdened schools, rising social welfare costs and demands that we acquiesce to cultural changes undermine support even for legal immigration.  The transformation is ugly, whatever one thinks about immigration policy.

Reporter claims assault at 'racist' public school.  A radio reporter attempting to interview the principal of a publicly funded school backed by radical groups that lay claim to the Southwestern U.S says he was chased down and tackled at the campus today, apparently by order of the principal.

Crane Operator Sues California, Demanding Safety Test in Spanish.  The worker failed an English exam last month even after working more than 24 years in the U.S.


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