DEMOCRATS AND THE WALL
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.”