Democratic leaders continue to spar with POTUS Donald Trump and Republicans over funding for the president’s border wall — or fencing, or barriers — without offering any real solutions or alternatives.
They are using language like “smart and effective” when talking about border security techniques and strategies that they do support, while dismissing a wall or any other sort of boundary out of hand as ‘ineffective’ and, well,Â not smart.
AsÂ CNS News reports:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) went toÂ the Senate floor on December 22â€”the first day of the ongoing partial government shutdownâ€”to declare that his party had always been for â€œsmart and effectiveâ€ border security measures and to say that Democrats were ready to make a deal with President Donald Trump to fund the parts of the government that were unfunded as long as the deal included no funding for a border wall.
Since then, Schumer and newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) have stuck by that position.
â€œSo President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall, plain and simple,â€ Schumer said at the beginning of the current partial government shutdown, which occurred because his party refuses to fund some of the same physical border barriers they supported just a few short years ago when it was President Obama in the Oval Office.
â€œDemocrats have always been for smart and effective ways to secure our border,â€ Schumer said. â€œWe are pushing for technology, like drones and sensors and inspection equipment.â€
â€œWe are also open to discussing any proposals with the President as long as they don’t include funding for the wall, but in order for an agreement to be reached, all four congressional leaders must sign off and the resident must endorse it and say he will sign it,â€ Schumer said then.
But here’s who disagrees with Schumer, Pelosi, and the rest of the Democrat Party’s position on border security: Border Patrol, ICE, and Customs agents who work the border regions and know what is and is not effective.
Drones, cameras, and crystal balls don’t do anything toÂ prevent illegal immigration or drug smuggling, they argue. Oh sure, border agents can see people violating the sovereign territory of the United States with those technologies and devices, but they can’tÂ stop the flow of people and drugs with them.
Members of theÂ National Border Patrol Council â€” the largest union of Border Patrol members â€” joined the president in the White House Press Room on Thursday to send a two-word message to Democrats and their propagandists in the ‘mainstream media’: â€œWalls work.â€
â€œIâ€™ve been a Border Patrol agent for 21 years,â€ he continued. â€œI can personally tell you, from the work that I have done on the southwest border, that physical barriers, that walls actually work,”Â Brandon Judd, the president of the council, told reporters.
â€œYou hear a lot of talk from the expert that â€” you hear a lot of talk that there are experts that say that walls donâ€™t work. I promise you that if you interview Border Patrol agents, they will tell you that walls work,â€ he added.
â€œI worked in Naco, Arizona for 10 years. We didnâ€™t have physical barriers in Naco, and illegal immigration and drug smuggling was absolutely out of control. We built those walls, those physical barriers, and illegal immigration dropped exponentially.
â€œAnywhere that you look, where we have built walls,Â they have worked. They have been an absolute necessity for Border Patrol agents in securing the border,â€ he said.
Local law enforcement officials whose jurisdictions run up against the U.S.-Mexico border have seen similar drops in illlegal immigration and drug-running when substantial physical barriers are erected.
So when Democrats talk about “smart technologies” and “smart solutions,” they aren’t really talking about things that actually prevent drug smuggling and illegal migration.
Which means they’re not really serious about border security in the first place.
POTUS Trump has vowed to keep the partial government shutdown in place for as long as it takes to get border wall/barrier funding — funds that will be repaid when the newly renegotiated NAFTA agreement, the USMCA, is approved by legislatures in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
He is supported by the men and women who actually work along the U.S.-Mexico border. That itself speaks volumes about who is serious about border security and who is telling the truth about what it will take to get it done right.Â — Jon Dougherty
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