Congress has been stalling on fund­ing bor­der wall for years

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY CHARLES HURT Charles Hurt can be reached at churt@wash­ing­ton­; follow him on Twitter via @charleshurt.

Afull decade af­ter vot­ing to con­struct a se­cure bar­rier along the U.S. bor­der with Mexico, Congress con­tin­ues to refuse to lay out the money re­quired to build the damned wall. This, even af­ter the stun­ning up­set in last year’s elec­tions by the jug­ger­naut pres­i­den­tial cam­paign of Don­ald J. Trump, who won the pres­i­dency on a clar­ion vow to vot­ers that he would once and for all build a wall along the bor­der. Mr. Trump’s his­toric up­set came af­ter years and years of both Demo­crat and Repub­li­can politi­cians talking tough about il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and promis­ing to crack down on the por­ous bor­der, yet re­fus­ing to ac­tu­ally fix the prob­lem.

Be­cause they are politi­cians. If you fix the prob­lem, then you can no longer cam­paign on the prob­lem.

This wall, Mr. Trump promised dur­ing the cam­paign, would fi­nally halt not only il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, but also the highly de­struc­tive drugs, gangs and slav­ery pour­ing over the south­ern bor­der.

De­spite the clear mes­sage from vot­ers last year, House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi dis­misses the wall as “im­moral, ex­pen­sive and un­wise.”

Her com­ment made his­tory as the mo­ment Nancy Pelosi fi­nally dis­cov­ered moral­ity. Also note­wor­thy is that it was the first time Nancy Pelosi has ev­ery found any­thing to be too “ex­pen­sive” to stick to the poor, in­no­cent Amer­i­can tax­payer.

As for her men­tion of wis­dom? Well, clearly, that was some kind of typo or an­other one of her ran­dom brain siz­zles.

It wasn’t so long ago that Ms. Pelosi’s fel­low Democrats were all for the im­moral and ex­pen­sive. Her party’s last two stan­dard-bear­ers — former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and twice-failed pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton — both voted in fa­vor of the so-called “Se­cure Fence Act of 2006.”

Af­ter pass­ing the con­struc­tion of that bar­rier into law, Congress balked at ac­tu­ally pay­ing for it and ul­ti­mately scrapped much of it in fa­vor of — well, what­ever the White House felt like do­ing.

Un­der former Pres­i­dent Bush and then Pres­i­dent Obama, that wasn’t much.

Since then, prob­lems at the bor­der have only grown worse.

To­day, there are un­told millions of il­le­gal aliens in the United States, in­clud­ing many who are crim­i­nals. “Bad hom­bres,” Mr. Trump calls them.

In­creas­ingly, we hear reports of stag­ger­ing vi­o­lence com­mit­ted by the in­ter­na­tional gang MS-13, made up pri­mar­ily of il­le­gal aliens from Cen­tral Amer­ica. These vi­cious thugs ped­dle the drugs across the bor­der and im­port slav­ery in the form of hu­man traf­fick­ing. The vi­o­lence they are ca­pa­ble of is be­yond the imag­i­na­tion of civ­i­lized people.

To be sure, these gangs got much stronger un­der Mr. Obama. Through­out his en­tire pres­i­dency, the U.S. bor­der had a gi­ant blink­ing neon “WEL­COME” sign, en­cour­ag­ing men, women, chil­dren and crim­i­nals to storm across the bor­der.

This beefed up the ranks of MS-13 and led to who knows how many crimes against Amer­i­cans.

Every­one re­mem­bers Kate Steinle, the 32-yearold killed two years ago while walk­ing along a pier with her fam­ily in San Fran­cisco. Charged with her mur­der was an il­le­gal from Mexico who had been de­ported five times.

It is a fair ques­tion: How many Kate Stein­les are there? The an­swer is mad­den­ing: We have no idea.

That is be­cause the fed­eral govern­ment, which keeps records of how many toilets ev­ery ci­ti­zen has in their homes, does not keep track of how many Amer­i­cans are killed by il­le­gal aliens who are sup­posed to be kept out of the coun­try by said fed­eral govern­ment.

Such in­for­ma­tion is scat­tered, and fed­eral bu­reau­crats are shock­ingly in­cu­ri­ous about com­pil­ing that in­for­ma­tion. Any in­for­ma­tion they do have is not shared with the pub­lic.

“Dur­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, it seemed to be very in­ten­tional. The numbers were hid­den,” ex­plained Timothy Lyng, pres­i­dent of The Re­mem­brance Project, a group ded­i­cated to giv­ing voice to the vic­tims killed by il­le­gals.

But there is hope. Pres­i­dent Trump says he re­mains com­mit­ted to build­ing the wall. Al­ready, he has done more than the last five pres­i­dents and 40 years of Con­gresses to fix the prob­lem.

Just since tak­ing of­fice, bor­der cross­ings have plum­meted by an un­think­able 70 per­cent or more.

Mr. Trump has earned the cred­i­bil­ity to get the money he wants for the wall from a Congress that has proved it­self ut­terly in­com­pe­tent when it comes to fix­ing the bor­der.


Pres­i­dent Trump has ar­guably done more than his pre­de­ces­sors to get the bor­der wall along the U.S. fron­tier with Mexico fi­nally re­al­ized. De­spite con­gres­sional prom­ises, lit­tle con­struc­tion progress has yet been made.

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