Put na­tional se­cu­rity first

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Since the Democrats do not want Pres­i­dent Trump to fully fund his bor­der se­cu­rity plan (or “the wall”), then the pres­i­dent and the De­part­ment of Jus­tice should di­vert all funds from sanc­tu­ary cities and states to U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion for the fund­ing of the south­ern-bor­der se­cu­rity plan.

If the Democrats do not want Amer­i­can cit­i­zens pro­tected from il­le­gal aliens, crim­i­nals and drug car­tels be­cause they want the il­le­gal votes, then they should lose all fed­eral fund­ing. Th­ese funds should go to­ward the phys­i­cal and tech­ni­cal bor­der se­cu­rity project of­fered by the pres­i­dent.

In the time­line in which the De­part­ment of Jus­tice is de­mand­ing that sanc­tu­ary cities and state meet fed­eral re­quire­ments, the bor­der wall will be funded by Septem­ber. This will al­low Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion to pro­ceed with the de­sign and plan­ning re­quired to pro­tect our south­ern bor­der.

For­mer Pres­i­dent Obama di­verted De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity funds to his De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram. By this stan­dard, Pres­i­dent Trump can move fed­eral funds around to get the bor­der se­cu­rity plan in place for full con­struc­tion in 2018. We must pun­ish politi­cians who pro­mote poli­cies for il­le­gals over our na­tional se­cu­rity.

CHUCK FLOYD Machipongo, Va.

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