“I DON’T EXPECT MUCH HELP”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 31, 2019) — On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted his opinion that after a 35-day partial government shutdown and two weeks remaining for negotiations on additional border security with Congress before another shutdown will occur, “Democrats…are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL.”
Last Friday, Trump ended the shutdown by agreeing to a bipartisan appropriations bill which reopened unfunded government agencies, restored employees’ paychecks, and allowed until February 15 for Congress and the White House to reach an agreement on additional funding for border security.
Trump wants $5.7 billion to build or reinforce fencing or a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal drug and human trafficking, illegal entry of individuals from various countries, and sexual assault of women and children during their trek north in “caravans” which continue to emanate from Central America. It has been reported that three caravans, with one consisting of as many as 12,000 people, are en route to the U.S. border.
“Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time,” Trump tweeted shortly before 8:30 AM EST, likely referring to a bipartisan group of congressmen who met for the first time Wednesday in an attempt to draw up a framework by which a border-security agreement might be reached with the White House. “Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I’ve got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!”
According to Fox News on Thursday morning, a proposal introduced by House Democrats contains no funding to complete a border wall.
Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, a Democrat, told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” that an element in Congress’s failure to reach an agreement with the White House might be Trump’s “rhetoric,” and that it is important that the White House issue a consistent message in its demands. As an example, Coons said that a written proposal from the administration not only insisted on wall funding, but also changes to “asylum” policy.
Many “migrants” attempting to gain entry to the U.S. claim political asylum, but DHS has reported that approximately 90% of asylum-seekers do not meet the legal qualifications to remain in the country.
Coons said he favors “border security” without specifically advocating for a physical barrier or wall. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said that a “wall” is “immoral.”
“Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!” Trump tweeted. [sic] “A WALL is a WALL!”
Prior to that tweet, Trump insisted that “The Wall is getting done one way or the other!”
An option which Trump floated in December was the declaration of a “national emergency” to tap into funds not appropriated by Congress. Trump has been reluctant pursue that avenue given that it would almost certainly face an immediate legal challenge and that he believes the proper way to obtain funding for the wall is for Congress to pass legislation encompassing it.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.