They don’t call it the “Great Tweet of China’

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Dur­ing the cam­paign, Don­ald J. Trump made lots of prom­ises -- he’d be the great­est jobs pres­i­dent God ever created, he’d cut taxes, he’d bal­ance the bud­get, he’d give all Amer­i­cans fan­tas­tic health care, he’d rene­go­ti­ate NAFTA, he’d scotch the Iran deal and so on.

But there was one cen­tral prom­ise without which he wouldn’t have been elected: He said he’d build a wall.

Ei­ther Trump un­der­stood the ur­gency of our bor­der cri­sis, as his ev­ery cam­paign speech sug­gested, or it was just mean­ing­less boil­er­plate to get him­self elected. If it was the lat­ter, then our search con­tin­ues for one politi­cian who won’t lie to us.

It was pre­cisely the Ni­et­zschean Eter­nal Re­cur­rence of politi­cians promis­ing to get tough on im­mi­gra­tion, but never, ever do­ing it, that caused vot­ers to cling to Trump like a life vest in a ti­dal wave.

If Trump ac­tu­ally be­lieved what he claimed to be­lieve, he would treat the build­ing of a wall as a far more ur­gent pri­or­ity than send­ing FEMA af­ter a hur­ri­cane.

Tak­ing noth­ing away from the fine peo­ple who lost their lives in the re­cent hur­ri­canes, since the 2005 hur­ri­cane sea­son, about 200 Amer­i­cans have died in hur­ri­canes, plus 82 in Hur­ri­cane Har­vey and 50 in Hur­ri­cane Irma.

That’s 332 deaths from hur­ri­canes in the past 12 years.

Even a fed­eral gov­ern­ment de­ter­mined not to tell Amer­i­cans how many il­le­gal im­mi­grants are com­mit­ting crimes ad­mits that -- at a min­i­mum -- there are 350,000 il­le­gal im­mi­grants in­car­cer­ated in state pris­ons and jails, and 3,500 are in for mur­der.

Con­sid­er­ing that the av­er­age time served for mur­der in Amer­ica is six years, that means that, in the last 12 years, hur­ri­canes have killed 332 Amer­i­cans, and il­le­gal im­mi­grants have killed 7,000 Amer­i­cans.

Throw in the more than 30,000 Amer­i­cans who die ev­ery year from heroin and fen­tanyl brought in by Mex­i­cans, and il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion is a prob­lem at least 100 times more ur­gent than Hur­ri­canes Har­vey, Irma and ev­ery other hur­ri­cane since 2005, com­bined.

(If we’re in­clud­ing U.S. ter­ri­to­ries and Hur­ri­cane Maria ends up killing an­other 100 peo­ple -- cur­rent es­ti­mates are zero dead -il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion is still 80 times worse than the last 12 years of deadly hur­ri­canes. Of course, if we’re in­clud­ing ter­ri­to­ries, then we also must note that il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion is es­pe­cially dis­as­trous for Puerto Ri­cans liv­ing in the U.S., in terms of crime and di­min­ish­ing job prospects.)

There is no ques­tion but that il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion dwarfs any other is­sue, not only in dead Amer­i­cans, but also in wel­fare ex­pen­di­tures, taxes, lost jobs, po­lice and prison ex­pen­di­tures, de­clin­ing neigh­bor­hoods, ru­ined schools, over­whelmed hos­pi­tals, fa­cial re­con­struc­tion surg­eries and rape coun­sel­ing ser­vices, to name a few costs.

We thought Trump un­der­stood this. We were count­ing on him to fight for us on the bor­der -- not with ral­lies, not with hats, not with tweets, but by build­ing a wall.

And yet, as of Wed­nes­day this week, Trump will have been in of­fice 243 days without hav­ing be­gun the wall. Imag­ine if Hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Irma had hit 243 days ago and all we’d got­ten from the pres­i­dent were as­sur­ances that FEMA would be com­ing any day now -- just as soon as he got the go-ahead from Mitch McCon­nell and Paul Ryan! (Or worse, from Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.)

The more ac­cu­rate anal­ogy would be if Trump re­sponded to the re­cent hur­ri­canes not only by send­ing zero fed­eral aid, but by also de­mand­ing that we dis­man­tle FEMA and the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter. That’s ex­actly what he’s do­ing by propos­ing we re­spond to the cri­sis of 40 mil­lion il­le­gal aliens in our coun­try with an amnesty that will lure an­other 40 mil­lion across the bor­der.

We hoped we wouldn’t have to spell it out. We thought Trump un­der­stood that this was an emer­gency. We be­lieved he was ca­pa­ble of get­ting the job done.

If he did un­der­stand, then 243 days ago, he would have sent the Navy Se­abees and Army Corps of Engi­neers to start build­ing the wall.

For most of the na­tion’s his­tory, the pri­mary job of the mil­i­tary -- of which Pres­i­dent Trump is the com­man­der in chief -- was build­ing walls and fortresses on our bor­ders. That’s why we have an Army Corps of Engi­neers. It may not seem like it from re­cent his­tory, but the job of our mil­i­tary is to pro­tect Amer­ica’s bor­ders -- not Ukraine’s bor­ders, not Jor­dan’s bor­ders.

This is our one and only chance to get this done, and we’re los­ing the fight. While Trump dal­lies, last week Cal­i­for­nia be­came a sanc­tu­ary state. Six­teen-year-old girls are tak­ing lessons to learn to be safe driv­ers, but when they’re smashed into by drunk-driv­ing il­le­gal aliens, the state won’t tell ICE, and tax­pay­ers will spend $40 mil­lion to pay for their de­fense.

The wall has to get built, and noth­ing else mat­ters.

Trump will not be able to tweet his way out of not build­ing the wall. He will not be able to change the sub­ject by at­tack­ing the media or Crooked Hil­lary. He will not be able to get away with blam­ing Repub­li­cans in Congress.

Ob­vi­ously, it suits the rest of the traitorous GOP -- which fe­ro­ciously op­posed him -- to pre­tend that Trump’s elec­tion had noth­ing to do with im­mi­gra­tion.

I don’t know about a lot of things. I don’t know where women let you grab them if you’re a rich celebrity. I don’t know how to play a wind in­stru­ment. But when ev­ery­one else said Trump was a joke, I said, nope, he’s go­ing to be our next pres­i­dent. If any­one is telling Trump that a “vir­tual wall,” drones, a conga line or a “Don’t Cross!” sign are as good as a wall, he can get his stock tips from them, but not his po­lit­i­cal ad­vice.

If Trump doesn’t get that wall built, and fast, his base will be done with him and feed him to Robert Mueller.

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