Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The United States border with Mexico is about 1,900 miles long. Trump seeks $18 billion to build The Wall over 10 years. Not good enough. He’s only in office three more years, after which his successor can halt construction. We’ve seen this before.
Reagan traded amnesty for promises of increased border security, in 1986. A few miles of fence were built in San Diego in 1990 but Democrats handled the promise like a Popeye cartoon.
Bush signed the Secure Fence Act in 2006 which authorized 700 miles of fence, again mostly in border towns. It’s just a fence, nothing particularly hard to defeat, and it’s only a short part of the border. 1,200 miles are still wide open. Immigrants walked around the end of the fence, by the millions.
Bureaucrats complain it’s hard to build a fence in the desert but Israel built a border fence to keep terrorists out after the 2000 conflict. It’s 450 miles long and they completed it in 3 years, start to finish. It’s been amazingly effective at keeping out terrorists. Israeli engineers are capable, but Americans are not? Nonsense.
The lesson from history is clear: Trump must get the entire remaining 1,200 miles of fence built before he leaves office, or it won’t happen. The only way to make that happen is to hang a hammer over the heads of amnesty advocates.
When the fence is FINISHED, we will amnesty to qualified immigrants who can prove they were in the country as of 2017. No new arrivals (end chain migration and anchor babies). No convicts.
Otherwise, I suspect Derb is correct: We shall end up with a bill giving amnesty to the DACA illegals in return for an end to the “diversity visa” lottery and a new paint scheme for the border posts. And Trump will be a one-term wonder.
And the thing is, even the Border Patrol union – the only government union to endorse Trump – said that they don’t need a wall along the entire border; some parts of the high desert are too remote for all but the most desperate illegals – and anyone with the cojones to cross out in the middle of that Godforsaken nowhere might just deserve a shot at being an American; maybe ship out some millennial “Studies” majors to make it even.