Trump Wrong on Wall

Trump Wrong on Wall

Editor, News-Register:

As the current shutdown of the federal government is now the longest in the history of our great nation, impacting approximately 800,000 federal workers, who are sadly being disrespected and used as “pawns” by President Trump in a quite obvious attempt to secure $5.6 billion of federal funds in order to build a wall on the Mexican border designed to discourage immigration. The vast majority of immigrants are desperately trying to flee from the oppression of their native land for a better life in the United States. A wall, which candidate and later President Trump often declared would be paid in full by Mexico. So much for President Trump touting himself as the “ultimate deal maker!”

Please keep in mind, also, that a stop-gap measure was approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate in December 2018 that would have at the very least delayed and quite possibly prevented the shutdown of our government, for which President Trump, expressed his support, but his sentiments changed dramatically as a result of severe criticism he received from conservative “firebrands” such as Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. Also, if such was indeed a priority for our current president, why was this not approved during the first two years of the Trump Presidency, when both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were under Republican leadership?

Democrats, reportedly, have offered $1.3 billion in “extended border security” funding, which would include enhanced surveillance, as well as the reinforcing of border fencing in heavily populated areas, and the now Democratic-led House of Representatives has moved to reopen the government at existing funding levels, with negotiations to continue, but no longer with the debilitating layoffs of federal workers. But, thus far, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has elected not to bring the motion to a vote for he perhaps fears that a significant number of Senate Republicans may vote in support of the measure which would at the least be most embarrassing to the president, and, if so approved, may lead to a presidential veto.

Homeland security is, as it should be, a top priority for our nation, but the construction of a medieval-type wall to prevent “undesired” foreign entry may not appear to be the best possible solution in the 21st Century, but of course in true Trumpian fashion, the president now conveniently blames the Democrats for the shut down after previously claiming that he wold take full responsibility if the government were to “close.”

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry


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