Trump’s Gamble for the Wall
As the shutdown over the southern border wall reached a full month, President Trump offered the Democrats the sun, the moon and the stars in exchange for some 200 miles of fencing.
It was the president’s most generous offer to date and frankly, many of us in his base cringed when he made it. But as the Instapundit bloggers put it almost two years ago, “The only thing the Democrats have to do to beat Trump is not be crazy. And they can’t even do that.”
In a rare Saturday address, Trump offered the Democrats protections for the illegal aliens in Obama’s DACA program. As many previous researchers have noted, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” includes illegal aliens from 190 countries – including many terrorism-sponsoring nations – and more than 50% of the applications are fraudulent.
Why wouldn’t illegal aliens sign up for a program like that? They’ve already committed the equivalent of an act of war by invading a foreign country. What’s one more paperwork violation on top of that?
Trump also offered extended protections for hundreds of thousands of “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS) aliens. This is another joke federal program.
Note the word “Temporary” in its title, which in Washington, DC means “actually, permanent.” The individuals with TPS are supposed to be sheltered in America for a temporary time until a war in their home country ends.
The majority of recipients in the program are El Salvadorans and they’ve been here “temporarily” since 1992.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) immediately called the president’s generous offer “more hostage taking.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Trump’s offer is a “non-starter” and she would never allow any such legislation to pass in the House.
Trump has whittled down his offer from a big, beautiful wall from sea to shining sea to a few miles of fencing in exchange for amnesty. Yet still the Democrats will not budge.
One thing the shutdown illustrated is the wild irrelevance of much of the current federal budget. Would most Americans even know a shutdown was going if not for the media wailing about it?
If you stop and think about it, the sun still rises in the morning and sets in the evening, and your pants still go on one leg at a time – even though the Department of Agriculture was shut down! None of us lost any sleep because NASA or the Washington Zoo were closed.
The media’s one-sided focus continues to bemoan the fact that some federal workers went without paychecks.
Pelosi and Schumer are siding with illegal alien criminals and public-sector labor unions over the American people. Meanwhile, Americans in the rest of the country continue to suffer at the hands of illegal aliens who have been granted de facto amnesty and sanctuary by policy makers.
We lose an average of 194 American lives to drug overdoses every single day that our southern border is open. Ten Americans are murdered by an illegal alien every day, and 83 children are sexually molested in the United States every single day by an illegal.
Every one of these crimes is preventable, but Democrats are unwilling to give Trump the slightest concession.
President Trump is holding all the cards at this point if he is willing to play them. He can now say to the American people that he tried to negotiate with the Democrats.
They’ve rejected every overture that he has made to end the impasse. They have left him with no choice but to act unilaterally to build the wall. Hopefully, he will do just that.
This is not a fight that President Trump can afford to lose. He cannot allow “Build the wall” to become his “Read my lips” moment. Democrats and the media need to realize that this is not a vanity project for the president – it is the will of the people.
If they ever left their gilded towers in Manhattan and DC, they would be shocked to learn that a sizable portion of Trump’s base would be perfectly fine with him announcing he wants to seal off the border with a series of electrical fencing or a moat filled with hungry alligators.
You have our permission, Mr. President. Get to it!