Several prominent Democrats have turned on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). They are now demanding that we build President Donald Trump’s border wall and end the senseless government shutdown which is now in its fourth week.
The partial government shutdown is now in its fourth week, with “essential” government employees working without pay. President Donald Trump was prepared to stand his ground from the beginning, knowing that his best chance of securing funding for the border wall was to use the shutdown as leverage. The Democrats, however, are starting to back down.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are still opposing funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But in the wake President Trump’s visit to the border last week, many Democrats are breaking with leadership and now say they support a wall.
Trump left the White House in the midst of the government shutdown last Thursday to visit McAllen, Texas, where he held a roundtable discussion on illegal immigration. “I’m honored to be in McAllen, Texas with the heroes of Border Patrol, and they are heroes,” Trump said. “You take so much heat, so much abuse from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. I want to say you have a friend with this administration and you have a friend with me.”
“You have no idea how much you’re loved by the public,” Trump continued. “Maybe not by the fake news, but you’re loved by the public.”
As the president spoke, immediately visible before him were dangerous and illicit items that Border Patrol agents have seized while defending the border, including an “AR-15 rifle, colt handguns, a plastic bag full of cash, and black-taped bricks of heroin and meth.”
This seems to have persuaded some prominent Democrats that we do, in fact, need the wall. On CNN, chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Cheri Bustos, said, “If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine.”
Additionally, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland told CNN, “Certainly you need barriers and we support barriers.”
“Some fencing is useful, some barriers are useful,” added Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. “There’s a lot of surveillance technology. I’ve been to some cities on the border that have triple fencing and have more personnel and have the technology to see the people moving in the middle of the night.”
Coincidentally, these are the border cities which remain the safest. Take, for example, San Diego, California. Despite being just a stone’s throw away from Tijuana, Mexico — a notoriously dangerous and crime-ridden city — San Diego is a very safe place to live.
That’s no coincidence. It’s because this section of the border is heavily secured.
Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Jerry Nadler of New York also said they would support necessary fencing and barriers. Nadler is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Meanwhile, Democratic Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois admitted that he thinks there will be a new barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border in the future.
Moreover, Vice Chair of the Democrat Conference, Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, said that new barriers at the border would be beneficial. “You know, I think there are parts of the border that would benefit from repairing fencing and other barricades that already exist there,” stated Clark.
If Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer would do their jobs, we could end this government shutdown right now. But, unfortunately, they hate President Trump more than they love America and will do anything to stand in his way, even if the rest of their party disagrees.