GOP Congress Blindsides Democrats With Border Wall Move, Shakes Up 2018 Race

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Democrats in Congress were blindsided this week as the GOP took a huge step forward for President Donald Trump’s border wall. This has effectively shaken up the 2018 midterm race, leaving liberals shaking in their boots.

President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California, on March 13, 2018. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Breitbart reported on Tuesday that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will introduce a bill this week that will fully fund President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, thereby setting the midterm elections up as a referendum on immigration policy. 

Outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan hinted at a post-election border wall funding fight on Monday, saying, “We intend on having a full-fledged discussion on how to complete our mission to secure the border, and yes, we will have a fight about this.”

McCarthy’s bill is set to include full funding for the border wall — about $23.4 billion more than what has already gone to the wall effort — as well as several other enforcement measures that have already passed the House of Representatives. Congress has already directed $1.6 billion to wall funding in the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 that just passed Congress, and McCarthy’s new bill, titled the “Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act,” would take the wall the rest of the way, in addition to providing for a variety of enforcement measures.

The enforcement measures expected to be in the wall funding legislation include, among other legislation, Kate’s Law, an enforcement bill named for Kate Steinle, who was killed in San Francisco — a sanctuary city — in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. Kate’s Law passed the House 257-167 last year.

Also included will be a bill the House has already passed targeting sanctuary cities, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which passed the House last year 228-195. The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which passed the House last year 233-175, will be in the bill as well as two House resolutions on immigration that passed the House this year; one upholding and honoring Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, the other admonishing illegal alien voting in a number of American cities.

“For decades, America’s inability to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration has encouraged millions to undertake a dangerous journey to come here in violation of our laws and created a huge loophole to the legal channels to the immigration process where America welcomes immigrants to our country,” McCarthy said in a statement. “President Trump’s election was a wakeup call to Washington. The American people want us to build the wall and enforce the law. Maintaining strong borders is one of the basic responsibilities of any nation. For too long, America has failed in this responsibility.”

For those who say that we simply cannot afford to spend so much money securing our porous southern border, a new report shows that Americans are actually paying an enormous amount more for the births of illegal immigrant children than for the funding that Congress plans to give to the wall.

Americans are paying more to cover the costs of illegal immigrants having children in the United States than Congress plans to give President Trump in border wall funding this year, according to an explosive new analysis of Census Bureau data.

The new report reveals that women in the United States illegally had 297,000 children in 2014 at a cost of $2.4 billion. That is $800 million more than the Senate has approved for Trump’s border wall this year and enough to pay for the wall over 10 years.

The Center for Immigration Studies report also put a price on the likely Medicaid bill for childbirth and early care to illegal and legal immigrants combined, at $5.3 billion. That is one-fifth the total cost of building the border wall. [Source: The Washington Examiner]

Technically, illegal immigrants are not eligible for welfare services, but the report explained, “Medicaid will pay for a delivery in almost all cases if the mother is uninsured or has a low income, though some mothers without insurance may not even realize the program has paid health care providers. Illegal immigrants and most new legal immigrants are ineligible for Medicaid, but the program will still cover the cost of delivery and post-partum care for these mothers for at least a few months.”

It only makes sense to secure the border. The U.S. simply cannot go on shelling out billions and billions of dollars in health care for the immigrants who come here illegally, especially when many of our own citizens, particularly veterans, are going without.

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