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Will Common Sense Prevail on Border Security and Shutdown?


Let’s limit this report to facts.  Here they are – and at the end of this list, you draw the conclusion that best fits your view, based on common sense.  Here are the ten most salient facts related to border security and the recent shutdown, now approaching week two. 

First, according to the Department of Homeland Security, approximately 1,100 illegal aliens have been crossing the border daily between the Rio Grande and Yuma sectors.  This does not include the “caravans,” massing slowly south of San Diego, to seek “asylum” from persecution south of Mexico.

Second, the overall trend in border penetration is growing, after an initial stall that followed President Trump’s election and hardline 2017 position on illegal entrants.  Public projections for refugee flows north are a reaction to three factors:  Rule of law challenges and narcotics-trafficking violence in Central America, more left-leaning Mexican administration, and a 2.3 million refugee outflow crisis from the cratering Venezuelan socialist crisis.  None of these crises will dissipate soon; they must be prepared for.

Third, recent events in the United States indicate that a 2018 nexus exists between elevated illegal alien population, expanding “sanctuary” cities, and drug-related violence (spiking in certain cities, reflective of the national drug crisis).  The nexus is contributing to a broad rise in crime, with the murder rate up (e.g. in Baltimore, DC, cities in Texas) and broader violent crime spiking (e.g. in key parts of Texas, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Indiana, California, New Mexico, Louisiana, Illinois, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, and even South Dakota).  Nor are the rises incremental – they are material.  Then, last week, a California law enforcement agent was killed by an illegal alien – whose prior crimes were not reported to ICE based on sanctuary protection for the criminal alien in California.  The crime is viewed by some as a pointer, to future events – if the border, ICE, CBP and national law enforcement are not supported.

Fourth, cross-border drug trafficking from international sources of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, other dangerous synthetics and marijuana – is experiencing a steep rise, as are concomitant addiction numbers in every drug category, according to a recent national assessment by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  The report is corroborated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  This can only be addressed by direct, proactive counter-narcotics and border security policies.

Fifth, the pending legislation – which is not being signed by the President for lack of five billion dollars to support a border barrier (e.g. wall) – is a composite of seven outstanding (incomplete) appropriations bills.  Ground truth:  The bills total almost one trillion dollars, with roughly 322 billion in “discretionary” money that could be moved around by Congress; the rest is untouchable “entitlements.”  Within the 322 billion – passed by House and Senate, but only House included five billion for a wall – are Senate “marks” that elevate federal spending on programs for things like Housing and Urban Development (HUD), foreign aid, above the president’s request.  Example:  $43.6 billion for HUD that is $11.9 billion OVER the President’s request.  One solution:  Just bump up HUD programs by, say, $6.9 billion, allowing the rest for a wall (i.e. five billion).

Sixth, another possible solution would be for Congress to officially allow the President – in this spending bill – to transfer funds from one or another accounts, up to five billion – to allow for the beginning of the formal border security program or wall.  That would allow the Democrats – which for some reason want open borders as a national policy – to adopt the (political) fig leaf of no border money, but then allow the President to protect all Americans with a transfer of resources up to five billion dollars, to get the process of securing our sovereign border started.

Seventh, polls of Americans are revealing.  First, the “wall” was a signature issue contributing to President Trump’s win in 2016, and by all accounts remains a strong issue for the Republican Party, and some in the Democrat party.  Southern states are sensitive to the issue, but it is national in nature.  Thus, while some polls tip against the “wall,” many (including liberal polls) put at least 40 percent in favor.  More specifically, Gallop (for example) puts 73 percent of Republicans in favor a wall, with 13 percent of Democrats in favor.  On the other hand, while most Americans see some value in making a “pathway to citizenship” for 800,000 children of illegals, “sanctuary cities” are firmly opposed by a majority of Americans.  

Eighth, the new Mexican President – although tipping hard left – is seeking Mexican support for a more “free-trade zone” idea next to the US border, presumably accommodating Mexican corporate interest in a more US-like enterprise zone that encourages higher wages, lower taxes and more productivity, similar to US options.  This zone could be endorsed, in concert with a new US-Mexico trade accord that beefs up US-Mexican border security, reduces drug trafficking, and also helps Mexico contain illegal crossers at its own southern border – and includes the wall.  Ironically, a wall under these conditions might help both economies.

Ninth, the so-called partial shutdown is about to get more real – as four things happen:   The President calls congressional leaders to get an “up close and personal” border security briefing at the White House this week, which will show effects in their many congressional districts; Democrats take control of the US House, thus also responsibility for shutdown resolution; the southern border crisis gets more severe, on the numbers; and federal workers (between 300,000 and 800,000) begin to face a possible delay in one two-week paycheck. 

Tenth, the news will begin to leak out – as this report offers – that the whole resolution is dependent on roughly half of one percent of the pending bill, or less than two percent of the overall discretionary money.  In other words, the Democrats could be outed for “grandstanding” and forced to admit that they can resolve this entire impasse – and protect the US border, which is under siege – with a simple transfer of less than two percent of the total pending bill.

Now, take a deep breath.  Think on this issue, in context of these material facts.  Does it make sense for the US Congress to continue to block the fractional request for money to start President Trumps’ border wall, or not?  If not, what is the argument for not funding this commitment?  If it makes sense, shouldn’t Congress wake up, sit up and step up – to funding?  Is it not common sense to end the shutdown, and protect America’s borders? 

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Steve Polk
4 years ago

The democrats were previously for border security and approved much more money than is being asked for now; this is obviously a political ploy by them and they need to swallow their pride and do what’s right for the country, which is support national security by building a physical barrier, eliminate sanctuary cities/states, and do something about the illegal immigration/drug/human trafficking problem. It’s way past time to work together for the common good of all Americans!

4 years ago

Posted it to Facebook…let’s see if I get kicked off!

4 years ago

Common sense and congress are an oxymoron.

4 years ago

If Trump wants it -they’ll fight it-that simple
Citizens of this country’s rights or wants not on their agenda

4 years ago

Trump needs to go the Nuke option and get it done.

Sam Beasley
4 years ago

Pure common sense judgement goes out the window. All the Democrats want is to be in power. They perceive their hold on power is waning w most Americans and will Do Anything to figure how to win. Bringing in illegals, providing, food, healthcare, and creating for themselves a good source of votes. To this end they are willing to lie, cheat, steal, look into the cameras and tell absolute whoppers. They have done it and used to hide it, but now they do it openly- and most of the media soaks this up and encourages it.

4 years ago

your using common sense, well obviously you have not met the demorats.

David Kayser
4 years ago

In the 1980’s the Republicans and President Reagan compromised with the Democrats on border security. In exchange for the promise of border security the Republicans agreed to ” Amnesty ” for the mass of illegal aliens that were in the USA at that time. The result was they received amnesty and 30 years later we are still fighting for border security. The only answer to the crisis is to secure the border to stop the flow first, then decide what to do about all the illegals that are already here.

Barbara Smith
4 years ago

I’d like to know what happened to the brave wounded veteran who offered himself and his money to help build the wall and requested each American giv) e (the sum was small toward the building of the wall which would enable it to be built in a timely manner? Americans, I believe, would stand behind him and support “the build the wall” which would happen within a short one year according to his plans. Last I heard on that report, his request and plan got squashed for some reason..!!!!!

4 years ago

the 5 billion is ONE TENTH of one percent of the budget-this can be paid without blinking an eye. This is the true measure as to how much Pelosi, Schumer and the rest of the Democrats HATE America as it stands today.

4 years ago

Common sense, currently what is in place for border security isn’t working. How about some positive feedback on working toward a solution instead of pointing fingers.

4 years ago

Points 2, 3, and 4 have been happening for decades in the decaying big city blue bubble plantations ruled over by Democrats for the last 100 years. So to remedy that we have to raise taxes 70% (or in NY 82%) as proposed by Congresslady Alexandra Occasional Cortex (D-Bronx) and terminate the private ownership of all firearms by deplorable bible clinging Americans in “red” flyover states as the Democratic Party aspires to do.

Sharon B
4 years ago

Time for those who are refusing to fund the wall to be taken directly to the border crossing and be shown what these hoodlums and fake immigrants are doing. Maybe some eyes on the facts will make them pull their heads out of the sand (not the words I’d like to use) and realize we have a serious problem with these people crossing our borders. They certainly aren’t coming here to assimilate! We have more than enough of these fake legals and illegals in our country who have and are trying, and have and are destroying, to take over our states and turn our country into what they cowardly ran away from instead of manning up and fighting for their country like our forefathers fought for the freedom of this country from the British.
Maybe just maybe these stubborn spoiled millionaire Democrats will figure out our country cannot allow this massive influx of hateful degenerates into our country. Make them go to some of the countries these illegals have destroyed, the lives they have taken, the children they have raped and murdered how the survivors have come to be. These radical liberals have walls around their homes, security forces paid by our tax dollars to keep them all safe, they don’t intend nor do they have to see or live in an area where these illegals are raping and murdering our children, their children are safe, protected. They don’t have to contend with thier homes being broken into and things they worked there whole lives to get are stolen or destroyed, their homes are protected. They don’t ha e to into a store or restaurant and be treated as less than dirt, they have servants (paid slaves in many cases) to bare the brunt of their employers hypocrisies.
WE, THE PEOPLE, have to experience this in our daily lives. Now born Americans are being made to bow down to these immigrants and live as though we are in their old world instead of our, the LAND OF THE FREE, but the way things are going, it’s not going to be FREE for long.
Those of us who believe in the greatness of our country, respect our flag and what it stands for are going to stand our ground and we will start fighting back. This country is headed for a civil war. Both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights gives US the power to remove the standing goverment and replace it with those who will follow the wishes of those who elect them.

Cynthia Jane Smith
4 years ago

Don’t forget these suppressed frighten illegal immigrants are standing at our borders proudly waving the flag of their nation ..yet they expect us to open our borders and say. Come on in…seriously…for Nancy Pelosi to stand in front of the cameras and declare a border wall is immoral was a joke .then she offered our President one dollar for.our security . If anyone. Needs to be. Impeached it would be that lady. We need border security and President trump will work very hard to get it. President trump will win in 2020 because the American people are sick of the disgusting behavior of the Democratic party.

Ann Mueller
4 years ago

The hypocrisy of the democratic congressman, esp. Pelosi and Schumer are at an all time high. Their thinking is also totally illogical and obviously show they care more about their own self-importance and power than our Country.

4 years ago

Why are the Democrats never taken to task for their refusal to compromise? Pelosi is NOT the President!

Terry Kellar
4 years ago

Common Sense and Dumocrats do not go together.

4 years ago

sounds really great to me. It’s far past time that these issues get resolved. not doing so evidences once again that the Congress is there for themselves, not us!

4 years ago

Build the wall and protect us, the US citizens, from harm and illness. We need to use our money to take care of our citizens who have paid for social security and medicare instead of spending it on illegals! Also, we have many citizens who are homeless and hungry that we need to take of before spending money on illegals, who many of them are in our jails. The democrats need to stop fighting and take care of the business that is facing them on the table. We would be able to solve a lot of this if we had terms for all of congress, not only the President and Vice President. Some of the people in congress are just too old and set in their ways…………….they have been in office too long and getting their way toooooooooooo long!!!! We need them to step up and do what the people who put them into office wants, not what they want or think that this will keep them in office!!! Let’s clean house so that we can have this country doing what needs to be done and what we, the people, need and want……..it is time!!

4 years ago


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