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It does not ap­pear con­ve­nient for Democrats to sup­port the south­ern bor­der wall at the mo­ment. That was not al­ways the case, though.

“Democrats are now op­posed to a bor­der bar­rier — even though they voted for it and strongly sup­ported it in the past,” notes a new study from Mike Reed, re­search di­rec­tor for the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, who based his re­port on ac­tual roll call votes, The As­so­ci­ated Press, The Hill and other news sources.

“Democrats have crit­i­cized Pres­i­dent Trump’s ef­forts to bol­ster bor­der se­cu­rity with a wall, call­ing it ir­re­spon­si­ble, not a ‘se­ri­ous’ pro­posal, and waste­ful. How­ever, many of these same Democrats voted, in some cases twice, to build a 700 mile phys­i­cal bar­rier at the bor­der at a greater cost than the cur­rent pro­posal of $5 bil­lion,” the GOP re­port says.

In 2013, all 54 Democrats voted to pass the Bor­der Se­cu­rity, Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­nity, and Im­mi­gra­tion Mod­ern­iza­tion Act, which spent $46 bil­lion in bor­der se­cu­rity im­prove­ments and added 700 miles of bor­der fenc­ing. Among those who voted yea: Sens. Charles E. Schumer, Dianne Fe­in­stein, Richard J. Durbin and thenSen. Harry Reid.

In 2006, 26 Democrats voted for The Se­cure Fence Act, which al­lowed for 700 miles of fenc­ing along the bor­der at a price tag of $1.4 bil­lion for the fence and $50 bil­lion in to­tal main­te­nance costs over 25 years. Yes, that was $50 bil­lion.

“If you’re go­ing to get bi­par­ti­san sup­port and get [an im­mi­gra­tion] bill done, you’re go­ing to have to do some­thing on the bor­der,” Mr. Schumer said in 2013.

Also among the yea votes: then-Sens. Barack Obama, and Hil­lary Clin­ton, who once re­called in 2010 that she had “voted nu­mer­ous times” as sen­a­tor to spend money on a bor­der bar­rier “to try to pre­vent il­le­gal im­mi­grants from com­ing in.”

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