Here is how some readers of theday.com reacted last week to news coverage of President Trump’s Oval Office address to the nation in which he made the case for why Democrats should support $5.7 billion in funding for a barrier on the southern border.
“There has been more than one time in the past when the Democrats approved higher amounts of funding for border security. In 2006 that amount was $50 billion over a period of 25 years. It was approved by 26 Senate Democrats. The Boston Globe reported that the funds were to cover a secure barrier along the southern border. ThenSens. Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama all voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006.” — Paul Nunes
“Paul: How much of the $50 billion was spent since 2006? All of it? Apparently walls don't work if 13 years later we need more money to waste on something that didn't work. Yes, we need more border security, but something other than a stupid wasteful wall. We are in the 21st century with new technology.” — Michael Donovan
“No Democrat will dispute that they have approved millions of $$ for security because there is no Democrat that does not want border security. That said, the money was spent, technology improved, fences were built where necessary, and since then more money has been approved by Democrats for more personnel. The Democrats have agreed to $1.3 billion in funding for better, enhanced security for the southern border.” — JL Paradis
“This (speech) was not a good idea for Republicans. Knowing (Trump) can't talk for more than two minutes without lying (and) would be outed as the fraud he is had to be eating McConnell and others up.” — Tom Donnee
“No one seems to realize the monetary burden illegal aliens place on our government and that it affects YOUR life in many areas, including healthcare, infrastructure, education. More money spent on them means less or no money spent on us.” — Muffin Austin