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White House Will No Longer Be Able to Restrain Democrats Against Trump's Wall

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WASHINGTON – January 9, 2019

President Donald Trump called on federal legislators and ordinary people on Tuesday night to once again draw their attention to the importance of the issue of building a wall with Mexico. In particular, he focused on illegal migrants who, according to Trump, contribute to the ill-treatment of women and children.

"All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration," Trump said. "It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans."

Trump also noted a surge in violent crime, gang activity, child smuggling, drug abuse and trafficking as a result of the open border.

During his speech, Trump reiterated the recent thesis that powerful and rich politicians build walls around their homes, and the whole country cannot protect its people and its children. The President cited the house of former leader Barack Obama as an example of having a 10-foot wall around his house in Washington.

Trump continued, "They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside. But because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized."

He concluded, "Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders."

His speech met resistance from both parties, including the ranking member on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry, who told the Washington Post that he wouldn’t support dipping into the Pentagon's budget to pay for a border wall. Other Democratic representatives in the state's Congressional delegation didn't support Trump’s words and sharply condemned the President for his "crazy" ideas.

"In the president's remarks, there were falsehoods & inaccurate statistics," U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, tweeted shortly after the televised address. "We heard nothing new, nothing that will endure. What will endure is our national motto – that out of many, we are one."

Trump noted also that the border security structure would be paid for, in part, through the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

That deal has yet to be ratified by Congress and analysts have noted that even if it is approved by lawmakers, the trade pact known as the USMCA would not fund the wall’s construction.

The President’s address came in the midst of a weeks-long partial government shutdown that has hamstrung about 25% of the federal workforce that is working without pay. The shuttering of government offices came after U.S. House and Senate Democrats refused to fund part of the President’s wall during last December’s budget negotiations.

"I'm opposed generously. In short, I'm opposed to using defense dollars for non-defense purposes," Thornberry said. "I think border security is very important. And it is not the responsibility of the Department of Defense."

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio said this week that such a move would be a "profoundly inappropriate" circumvention of the nation's legislative branch.

During his roughly nine-minute speech, the President also remarked on the ills caused by the flow of illegal drugs into the country.

"Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs–including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone–90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War," Trump said.

Among other things, the President mentioned several brutal attacks and murders that occur in the United States to this day due to the presence of a large number of migrants. Among those was the recent killing of a Californian Air Force veteran and current police officer the day after Christmas.

"In Georgia, an illegal alien was recently charged with murder for killing, beheading, and dismembering his neighbor. In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in the United States as unaccompanied minors were arrested and charged last year after viciously stabbing and beating a 16-year-old girl," Trump said, recalling other cases.

"How much more American blood must be shed before Congress does its job?" Trump concluded.

According to many experts, the President's loud and important speech seems to remain in the hearts of many ordinary people, but once again it will cause a lot of condemnation from his opponents.

Now it is 2019, and Trump's wall is still not built, and buzz words continue to be heard. What can we expect next and what are the Democrats afraid of after the construction of the wall?

We all remember that until recently, Democrats obsessed with keeping 25% of the government closed to business rather than funding border security -- a concept they sincerely supported a decade ago.

Just a few years ago many, including Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006. This provided for, "Operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States."

Now, because it's 2019 and Trump is president, Democrats are conveniently against border security. The layman is likely to think it’s because the power is kept under the Republicans led by Trump. After all, before that power belonged to other forces. Is it just jealousy and unwillingness to do anything because you have an unwanted leader "at the helm"?

In simple words, at the moment a huge dispute continues over $5 billion to finance the wall. $4.4 trillion of the federal budget is needed, about 10% of the total budget. Where does the rest of the money go? Foreign aid? For example, the assistance to Belgium in the amount of $1 million or to Pakistan.

In 2019, the federal budget is requesting nearly $27 billion in foreign aid for economic development, health, humanitarian aid, peace and security, and other purposes. According to M.D. and MPS Brian S. Joondeph, this amount is half the cost of "securing [t]he entire international land and maritime borders of the United States"--something Democrats were keen about in 2006.

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 budgeted $50 billion over 25 years to control America's borders.  Unfortunately, Congress appropriated only $1.4 billion and forgot about the rest.  The foreign aid request above was for one single year.  Two years of the foreign aid budget spent instead on U.S. border security would create the type of physical borders so common in the countries we are generously supporting.

If that doesn't fit, let's compare the two administrations, Obama and Trump. In 2012, Congress appropriated $40 billion in foreign aid, a billion more than what was requested. In 2013, the amount went up to $43 billion appropriated. The following year, $42 billion was appropriated.

$31 billion total was spent-- more than half of what America needs to insure its own "peace and security." $570 million went to Syria, and even China received $20 million.

Heroin and cocaine are mainly produced not within the country, but come in via the southern border of the US. And fentanyl, which is mostly from China, comes through the same border. How much more money does China need to allocate for the transit of drugs to the US?

Let's look further at official responses from Democrats and the opponents of the Trump wall--why don't they want construction?

In particular, the Democrats believe that the wall will result in exorbitant costs for the budget. In April, Democratic senators from the National Security Committee estimated that the White House project will cost about $66.9 billion.

"Thus, every man, woman and child in the United States will pay more than $200 for this," a senator-distributed report said.

In addition, every year about $150 million will be required to maintain the wall, according to the Democratic Party.

Also, according to some analysts, construction will entail possible economic difficulties due to the rejection of cheap labor from illegal migrants. For example, Mexican labor migrants perform a significant part of seasonal work: in 2016, the authorities issued 165,741 visas for temporary work in the agricultural sector. Meanwhile, the initiative will be expected to obviously lead to a change in the whole complex of relations with Mexico, which may entail enormous geopolitical problems for Washington.

Traditionally, many consider Mexico a poor peripheral country and almost a "backyard" of the United States. Indeed, the country's economy is highly dependent on ties with its Northern neighbor. US citizens can enter Mexico without a visa and vice versa. Mexico City as a whole did not contradict Washington's foreign policy.

White House Will No Longer Be Able to Restrain Democrats Against Trump's Wall

However, relations between the two countries have not always been so friendly. Suffice it to recall the war of 1846 in which Mexico lost almost half of its territory, the US intervention in the port of Veracruz in 1914, and the current situation fixed, only since 1942, when President Franklin Roosevelt began the implementation of the neighborhood policy.

At the moment, Mexico has a 110 million population, and in terms of GDP and purchasing power parity is not far behind Russia, and the economy of the Latin American country has been growing steadily in recent years. At the same time, both Mexico and the United States are important trading partners for each other. In addition, economic growth and the pro-American orientation in the economy led to the fact that, despite the complex historical heritage, Mexican nationalism remained quite a marginal phenomenon and, accordingly, from the south, America was faced with a flow of migrants, drug trafficking, and crime, but not with geopolitical threats. The presidents who headed the United States in the second half of the 19th century took into account the complex relations with Mexico in the past, pursued a friendly policy, and eventually gained a reliable economic and political partner on the southern border.

Today some media outlets such as nbcnews.com publish materials focused on the technical difficulties of project implementation: The design and construction will take years and there are a number of geographical and legal challenges to implement. Most of the border, especially in Texas, passes through nature reserves, national parks, or private properties, and there are a number of natural barriers to the construction of any engineering structures there.

Mexiconewsdaily.com focuses not on the wall as such, but on the new style of communication of the American President with Mexico, which is called "Twitter diplomacy,” It is there that Trump said: "A Country without borders -- not a country. From that day on, America will resume building its borders."

The wall was one of Trump’s campaign promises, and he said a lot about introducing tough measures against illegal migration. During the election campaign, Trump called himself "the greatest Builder" who will build the biggest wall in history.

"And you know who will pay for it? Mexico it is," the politician added.

Also today, according to most analysts, the main reason for Trump's anti-immigration policy is not the struggle for jobs and not the fear of crime, but the white population’s fear of losing the majority and being pushed aside by migrants.

"Trump positions himself as a defender of ‘white America’ which voted for him," Brian S. Joondeph explained. "According to the National Bureau of health statistics, the white population of the United States is shrinking very quickly, and in 15 years, the country will have less than 50% of white Americans."

It seems that this is the truth. Human rights activists believe there has been a real increase in ethnic tensions in recent years. Charlottesville was a major event in 2017, when in August right-wing activists clashed with those supporting demolishing a General Robert Lee statue. The event was later assessed as a manifestation of racism and xenophobia by the expert group of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Most American media sources expressed a similar point of view. After this story, cases of false reports of hate crimes became more frequent in the US -- some people claimed to have been attacked by neo-Nazis. However, these reports were not always true, experts say.

Whatever the motives of the White House today, the measures that were taken against migration, according to experts, are rather declarative. According to Joondeph, even if the wall is built, it will not stop migrants.

"Trump has a difficult task, and his solution depends on its political future. Now Trump rather portrays efforts to solve the problem. If Washington wants to streamline migration, it's necessary not to build a wall, but to open offices for hiring foreigners under the patent system, so that they work legally and then return home. The wall at the border tells migrants only that there is no way back home for them," Joondeph summed up.

Author: USA Really