When you’ve become accustomed to surrendering and doing nothing, any little action must seem like a major accomplishment. Such is the case with House Republicans. While still far better than their Senate counterparts, they’re still nowhere close to living up to their job description of “Representatives.” It’s a House of mostly charlatans and campaign funding compromised beggars and sellouts.
On Tuesday House Republicans proudly announced that they had included a measly $1.6 billion in funding for the border wall. It is a project that is estimated by many to require $20 billion or more, some of them much more, but one that President Trump said in April he could complete for $10 billion or less.
According to The Washington Times, even this pittance is going to be enough to cause the always brazen Democrats to challenge the cowardly Republicans to a fight. Why wouldn’t they when the mere threat of resistance sends the GOP running for a microphone from which to announce their capitulation?
Democrats have vowed to block any wall funding, even if it means the “dreaded government shutdown.” Good, bring it on – and no paying the government workers for their time off like they usually do. They’re all Democrats, let the obstructionism of their Democrat partisans have a personal consequence for a change.
GOP leaders claim the $1.6 billion fully meets President Trump’s request to begin wall construction, including 32 miles of new border fencing in Texas, 28 miles of levee wall along the Rio Grande Valley, also in Texas, and 14 miles of replacement fence in San Diego. If that’s all he’s asking for in his first year Trump is signaling he doesn’t really plan to complete the wall. Maybe he’s recognized the reality that Congress is pathetic but at this rate he’ll get nowhere close to completing it in two terms. The money isn’t all for construction, so even that expenditure is deceptive.
The bill also adds 500 new Border Patrol agents and 1,000 additional ICE Officers as well as funding maintaining 44,000 detention beds. That’s a massive increase over the Obama years, and Trump officials said it will allow them to detain and deport illegal immigrants faster and with a higher success rate. The President had hoped to add ten times that number of agents, 5,000 for CBP and 10,000 ICE Officers.
Additionally, they pretend that adding a couple dozen jurisdictions to the 287(g) program is an accomplishment, but those jurisdictions were already signed up prior to Obama the Destroyer’s tenure squatting in the White House. How tough can it be to ramp it back up when many local law enforcement officers are already familiar with the program?
Rep John Carter (R-TX), chairman of the House homeland security appropriations subcommittee, said, “Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority, this funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations.”
32 miles of new border fence and 28 miles of levee wall screams out the perception that these people are not serious about border security, that they are merely trying to pacify the American public with the minimum amount of security they think they can get away with, and will compromise on that number once the Democrats utter their first objection.
The party of unlimited incorporation of “climate change” money into budgets of every department is already responding. Matthew Dennis, a spokesman for Appropriations Committee Democrats, said, “Democrats will again draw a hard line against wasting taxpayer money to fulfill the president’s campaign applause line. The purpose of the Homeland Security bill is to make communities more safe and secure, and this pointless wall does nothing to accomplish that.”
The wall is not pointless – counting on Republicans to get it built very well could be.
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