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Will Common Sense Prevail on Border Security and Shutdown?

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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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PaulE

Common sense? The Democrats are in no mood to compromise or show any common sense as the author of this article states. They are about to take control of the House and they fully intend to milk this for all its worth. They are gearing up for the 2020 elections and intend to do everything in their power to try and get a Progressive (Socialist) Democrat in the White House in 2020. Welcome to the first of many examples of how the next two years will play out now that the Democrats control one half of Congress. Elections have consequences. So this is how things are going to work for the next two years. President Trump was in the White House during the holidays and both Pelosi and Schumer were on vacation. Neither Democrat was interested in discussing the matter. As for the 800,000 federal workers temporarily not getting paid,… Read more »

General Patton

Common sense–the libtard Demorats have no common sense, they are dumber than dirt. Worst of all, Unamerican marxists

Hal

Well , let’s put things in perspective . While everyone is keying in on the ” dumb ” democrats , they are winning every round . Might I say it is the dumb republicans we have elected that have sat there ( and even though they had the muscle ) won’t do diddly squat to help Mr. Trump . So I hope and pray he will stand his ground on this one .

Wayne Peterkin

The title is a fair question. Sadly, I think the answer is no. Our border desperately needs secured, but the Democrats have played political games for decades admitting the truth of my statement while opposing any real solution by funding that solution. Today they oppose a physical barrier, a wall, to not just dramatically cur illegal immigration but to also impede crime, yet they offer no effective alternative. They have been playing the same anti-American game since at least 1986 and it has not changed. Why? Because they see the illegal flood of immigrants as a benefit to them, especially if they can get eventual amnesty and citizenship so the grateful lawbreakers can vote for them. Making matter even worse today is that the Democrats have positioned themselves to oppose any Trump initiatives knowing that if his policies are successful then he will be harder to defeat in 2020. With… Read more »

Lala

Send the bulldozers to Schumer & Pelosi’s houses, knock down their walls & put signs in their front yards that read “This house has no guns!”
Two more things: NO PAY 4 congress while fed-gov is shutdown & only 2/3 of their pay until they balance the budget & start paying off the
national debt! Howya like them apples?!!

Joan

Common sense dictates a BORDER WALL! Look at what these illegals are doing now to try to invade our Country. They are throwing
projectiles and rocks, etc. at our Border Agents trying to get over the border. I don’t think these are the kind of people we want in the United States. They are proving that they are not worthy of coming to our Country.

Marsha Files

Those against funding the border wall are acting like spoiled brats. They will go to any lengths to stand in the way of whatever the President has on his agenda. Are they for the American people or not? That’s what it boils down to. We, the people deserve to be protected as any nation has a right to be. Other countries have walls to protect their borders and the United States gave them the funding to do it. Please, let us protect our own.

Roger Miracle

I’ll limit my comments to the facts…….for two (2) years the Republicans controlled the House, Senate and the WH, yet they were unable to get anything done regarding the Wall/border security because Trump could not even convince fellow Republicans to act. Now that the Democrats control the House, does anyone really feel anything meaningful will get done since NOTHING meaningful got done when the Republican were in total charge……very disgusting.

Robert J. White

If this is how the Dems are going to be over the next 2 years, we as Americans have to realize that they HATE AMERICA. The Dems want to do everything possible to tear down American Constitution. Take note how they want to re-write history, how they want gun control, keep people of color “down” and they want Government to control our lives more. It is time for America to Wake Up!!

Darlene Painter

COME SENSE LET THE PRESIDENT BUILD THE WALL

Linda

The democrats hate president Trump. They should play a tape of all the leftists and former presidents giving support for a wall over and over and over until he gets the funding.

Tim Hoelting

All points to a wall. The Dems hate Trump! In their minds , a wall is a win for trump and a loss for them! They don’t care about security, they only want votes! Where are the common sense Dems? They have lost there minds!

DennisF

There is NO common sense in the demokrat party

Barbara S.

Heck no….the only way I could see any possible Democrat/RINO change of mind is if the folks on the street wrote to their reps and senators….this is going to be a standoff and the sad part it, more police and citizens minding their own business will be killed….it will be a 3 ring circus, even tho the the people thru the Electoral College voted Pres. Trump in office, their voices have been hushed and ignored by the left and the left media….

Carla Anderson

Common sense is totally lost in the party of fools AKA the Demoncratic Party. There are recorded messages from most of them on how it’s NOT good to have these illegals here, but I guess it all depends on who is in office that determines their decisions these days!!! Funny how they were ALL besties with Trump until he ran for POTUS!!!!!

Army Vet

‘Common Sense’ in a Congress packed shock full of socialist, lobbyist-fed greedy politicians tends to mean the opposite. Every time the label ‘Common Sense’ is applied it tends to stand for some lunacy that will further their agenda, or enrich them personally while either destroying individual rights, or endangering the nation as a whole. The only true ‘Common Sense’ solution, in the true meaning of the words and not the type of 1980’s good and ‘bad’ switch, is fund the wall, deport illegals, and NO deals – NO DACA, NO Amnesty!

Bob L.

While we would normally view “compromise” as being an even trade-off, that’s not how it has worked in Washington for decades. The left has always come out with more than the conservative side when “compromise” is mentioned by the GOP. There’s an old saying about how the GOP has negotiated with the left and it goes like this – “yes, we will give you (fill in the blank) , but you will have to allow for it to be phased in over a period of time rather than all at once”. By doing things in that way, the GOP members who surrender or are part of the progressive agenda are protected from backlash since the distasteful results are oozed in quietly without much, if any, notice.

Barbara Johnson

Get ready for a political war from now until the 2020 elections. I hope everyone is ready for the fight of their lives and pray republicans can win. Unfortunately we have to fight RINO’s like Mitt Romney and the democrats. I took a month off after the midterms, it was exhausting. Here we go again.

Gumbeaux

The Left uses the media to spread LIES to win their battles. They are win at all cost. Emotion overrules Common Sense no matter the cost to dignity.

David L Fisher

Bravo!!! This says it all.