Here’s how bad the border bill is that Trump just signed…

As I wrote yesterday, I was really hoping that Trump wouldn’t sign this terrible border bill that both Republicans and Democrats offered up to Trump. But as we all know, he did.

It reminds me of early 2017, when Trump was offered an Obamacare ‘repeal’ by RINO Republicans that didn’t really repeal Obamacare at all, but yet he was ready to sign it and proclaim the end of Obamacare.

This is much the same way. The bill is terrible, yet Trump signed it anyway just to get the 1.375 billion that was being offered to him. He could have vetoed the bill and still proclaimed a national emergency, forcing legislators to override the veto itself or make it better. But Trump, for all his talk, was done fighting for everything except the money to build the wall (which we desperately need).



Before Trump signed the bill, Daniel Horowitz wrote a summary of several of the most egregious parts of this border bill:

1) Less of a wall than even what Democrats already agreed to: Trump originally demanded $25 billion for the wall. Then he negotiated himself down to $5.6 billion. Democrats balked and only agreed to $1.6 billion. This bill calls it a day at $1.375 billion, enough to construct 55 miles. But it’s worse than that. This bill limits the president’s ability to construct “barriers” to just the Rio Grande Valley sector and only bollard fencing, not concrete walls of any kind. There’s no ability to adapt. Furthermore, section 231 prohibits construction even within the RGV in five locations that are either federal or state lands. Remember, the challenge with building a wall in Texas is that, unlike in other states, the feds need to navigate issues with private lands. The first place you’d construct fencing is on public lands, which are now prohibited. The national parks along the border have gotten so bad that park rangers are scared to travel alone in them.



2) Liberal local officials have veto power over wall: Actually, on second thought, it’s likely that not a single mile of fence will be built. Section 232(a) of this bill states that “prior to use of any funds made available by this Act for the construction of physical barriers” the Department of Homeland Security “shall confer and seek to reach mutual agreement regarding the design and alignment of physical barriers within that city.” With whom must the feds consult? “The local elected officials.” Now you can understand the brilliance of limiting the wall to the Rio Grande Valley. These are the most liberal counties on the border (thanks to demographics of open borders itself!), and there is practically no local official who supports the wall in these counties.

What are the consequences? This bill stipulates that “Such consultations shall continue until September 30, 2019 (or until agreement is reached, if earlier) and may be extended beyond that date by agreement of the parties, and no funds made available in this Act shall be used for such construction while consultations are continuing.” Thus, all the Beto O’Rourke type of politicians in that region have de facto veto power. There’s a reason why they didn’t authorize fencing in conservative counties like Cochise and Yuma in Arizona.

3) This bill contains a blatant amnesty for the worst cartel smugglers: Section 224(a) prohibits the deportation of anyone who is sponsoring an “unaccompanied” minor illegal alien – or who says they might sponsor a UAC, or lives in a household with a UAC, or a household that potentially might sponsor a UAC. It’s truly difficult to understate the betrayal behind this provision. One of the driving factors of the invasion is the misinterpretation of the UAC law. Under current law, Central American teenagers are only treated as refugees if they are A) a victim of “A severe form of trafficking” and B) have no relatives in the country. Yet almost all of them are self-trafficked by these very illegal relatives who are indeed present in the country. Rather than clamping down on this fleecing of the American people, the bill gives amnesty to the very people paying the cartels to invade us!

4) More funding to manage and induce the invasion rather than to deter it: While offering no new funding for ICE deportation agents or immigration judges to speed up asylum claims, as the president requested, this bill adds another $40 million for the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, which moves asylum seekers to facilities in the interior of the country, where they are usually released. Vaughan, who has studied interior immigration enforcement for decades, warned that “this bill will further expand and institutionalize the catch-and-release policies for those arriving illegally at the border from all over the world.”

What are the effects of the ATD program? “Most of these people have no intention of asking for asylum and know they don’t qualify for it, but are simply joining the illegal population, knowing it’s unlikely that they will be deported. The bill funds ‘case management’ staff to keep tabs on those who don’t abscond immediately, but no money for ICE officers to find and remove them. This is going to saddle the communities that have been forced to absorb these new arrivals with billions of dollars of future costs for schooling, health care, and other welfare services.”

5) Doubling low-skilled workers: This bill (p. 1,161) doubles the number of H-2B non-agricultural, unskilled seasonal workers who will continue to be a public charge on America. This gives you a glimpse of what is driving this amnesty bill on the Republican side.

Horowitz points out that the bill undermines Trump’s own declaration of a national emergency, arguing that the “bill will likely override Trump’s executive powers because of the sneaky limitations on wall construction”.

He also adds that if Trump signs this terrible bill, that he doesn’t deserve reelection.

This is a big reason why we so heartily backed Ted Cruz in the primary of 2016, because it was clear even then Trump didn’t have strong values that he was beholden to and that he would likely govern as a milktoast RINO president.

That’s not to say Trump hasn’t done some great things. And if he does manage to get the wall built, that will be a huge success.

But after hearing him lambaste Democrats for months and months about our terrible border policies and loopholes, and then for him to sign a bill like this that creates more loopholes, only proves that he’s not really serious about fighting Democrats the way they need to be fought in order to defeat them. And clearly, neither are Republicans.

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92 thoughts on “Here’s how bad the border bill is that Trump just signed…

  1. I’m sorry to say that signing this bill negates a lot of the good Trump’s done. Whose side is he on anyway? I don’t believe we will see a wall, and, yes, we’re now that much closer to becoming a socialist country in spite of Trump’s SOTU, feel-good “promise” to the contrary. Big let-down.

  2. That’s not to say Trump hasn’t done some great things. And if he does manage to get the wall built, that will be a huge success.

    But after hearing him lambaste Democrats for months and months about our terrible border policies and loopholes, and then for him to sign a bill like this that creates more loopholes, only proves that he’s not really serious about fighting Democrats the way they need to be fought in order to defeat them. And clearly, neither are Republicans.

    I agree with this in totality.

  3. Well the TDSers won’t listen, but here DHS explains why there’s NOT an “amnesty poison pill” in the Border Security Bill.

    “That ‘amnesty’ claim is based on section 224 of the budget — which appears, on first glance, to block the deportation of many people who are illegally in the U.S.

    But a DHS official told Fox News that terms like “potential sponsor” have precise meanings in Department of Homeland Security regulations — meanings that severely limit the number of people the budget keeps safe from deportation.

    For example, to be a “potential sponsor” according to the DHS regulations, one must file significant paperwork — such as showing ID (U.S. or foreign) and proof of residency. The adult applying must also submit documents about the child.

    Further, because the bill only applies to kids who are unaccompanied, it does not provide protection for those bringing kids into the US.”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dhs-official-border-security-bill-does-not-contain-amnesty-poison-pills

  4. It would be nice to post these comments a few weeks before the 2020 election. My guess is that the majority of the people claiming they were going to vote for Trump in 2020 but wont now, will. It is a political eternity until the next election. By the time Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Erickson and all of the Fox News commentators get done bludgeoning everyone with the binary choice and “what about the Democrat” club most if not all will come into submission. Most will have found a way to compartmentalize truth, hold their nose and vote Trump. If only there were more rebellious ones…

  5. Instead of a room full of hamburgers, Trump now offers up a 55 mile long crap sandwich to his voters. And we all have to take a bite.

  6. The wall is not “desperately” needed.
    Such wording is used to justify terrible omnibus bills like the one passed.

    The largest contributors to the crisis are the current Federal laws and state magnet programs that draw people here and enable them to stay.

    Update: The San Ysidro wall only has about 1 mile of old fence remaining between beach and San Ysidro port of entry.

  7. The first post I saw on this was from Daniel Horowitz on Twitter and the whole thing makes me feel ill. It’s worse than doing nothing at all. Absolutely sickening.

  8. I just don’t understand what possible purpose there was in signing this and giving so much control away, giving so much up. This is such a disaster, it’s disappointing..

  9. “Horowitz points out that the bill undermines Trump’s own declaration of a national emergency, arguing that the “bill will likely override Trump’s executive powers because of the sneaky limitations on wall construction”.

    The restrictions in the bill are on the funds–$1.37 billion—in the spending bill. They were not restrictions on wall construction types and locations in general. More specifically, they are nor restrictions on how the money from the other three sources that Trump tapped –the military drug trafficking corridors, the forfeiture funds, or the emergency declaration funds. Congre

  10. This is a huge disappointment. If he doesn’t make good on his number one promise to the American people it’s unlikely he gets the turnout he needs to get reelected. This is his base we’re talking about.

  11. Like it or not, I will vote for him. As the other choices are letting the ones who hammered this deal out, have free reign once a Liberal is elected. I have already survived eight years, the next eight will complete their agenda, they are already calling for the Border Walls to come down.

  12. Good points by Horowitz. I would argue that Trump probably has a team of lawyers that have read the bill in full and advised on next steps. Texas itself is thinking of building a wall in their state on their own, separate from the Feds.

  13. Interesting to see those, who were MAGA, then shift themselves away from the group by then critiquing the very group he was a part of lol

    Mike Cernovich
    @Cernovich
    I feel terribly for MAGA. Your country is being destroyed, but you don’t have the courage to demand that Trump keep his promises and stand up to Pelosi. Which is another way is saying, You deserve what Democrats have cooking for you. Enjoy socialism!

  14. The border bill Trump signed is so horrific, that to dwell on its details is to fall into despair… A Free People would be in revolt, but, alas, Americans have fallen asleep, oblivious to the wicked forced in their land.

  15. The art of the deal? The only ones that are disappointed are the Trumpsters who thought that he was the second coming.
    I really do hope Trump will turn this ship around bc we cannot have the extremist on the left take over.

  16. The PATHOLOGICAL LYING CON ARTIST KNEW what he was doing the entire time HE KNEW IT he set out to deceive as many people as possible BECAUSE HE IS A NY FLAMING LIBERAL WHO DONATED TO HILLARY!! IT IS SICK. IT IS DISGUSTING. HE WANTS OPEN BORDERS.

    Ted:

    “This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies,” Cruz added. “In a pattern that is straight out of a psychology text book, he accuses everyone of lying.”

    And: “Whatever lie he’s telling, at that minute he believes it.”

    And: “The man is utterly amoral.”

    And: “Donald is a bully. Bullies don’t come from strength; they come from weakness.”

    “Donald is lying to his supporters. Donald will betray his supporters on every issue. If you care about immigration, Donald is laughing at you, and he’s telling the moneyed elites don’t believe what he’s saying that he’s not going to build a wall — that’s what he told the New York Times. He will betray you on every issue across the board.”

    Ted NAILED him he saw the fraud from 10 miles away he WARNED EVERYONE so there is NO excuse from ANY trumper EVER about this NOT EVER.

  17. Go ahead and bash the President for signing this bill, but let’s not pretend like Ted Cruz would have prevailed over the establishment on the border issue, or we’re giving Red Hats a run for their money.

  18. There is something really screwy going on with disqus. There are currently 265 comments to this article, and on my screen it is giving the message to be the first to comment, with not one comment posted.

    Anyway, I’m sad to hear that Pat Caddell has died. I know he was a Jimmy Carter guy, but I think he knew the Democrat party was going way off the rails long ago. RIP Mr. Caddell.

  19. I was irate yesterday about these items and then I heard most of them were removed from the final bill. Just who do we believe? Both parties have become absolute filthy liars/frauds; again these creeps mock us with every communist bill they sign.

    How do we stop this short of revolution? How do we protect our freedoms, borders, courts, and ourselves from these mafia parties?

  20. I just found this guys. Worth reading:

    “According to Senator Lee’s comms man, Conn Carroll, the president actually took a few actions, not just one. And some of the actions he took were very important to get him where he needs to get without facing interference from the Democrats.
    Carroll goes on to note that Trump actually took three actions, not just the one”national emergency” declaration.

    “First the White House announced they would be funding $601 million in wall construction from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund, relying on 31 U.S.C. § 9705. This does not require an emergency declaration,” Carroll began.

    “Second, the White House announced they would be funding $2.5 billion in wall construction under 10 U.S.C. § 284 (this is MilCon money for combating drug trafficking). This does not require an emergency declaration,” he added.

    “Finally, the WH announced they would be funding $3.6 billion under 10 U.S.C. § 2808. This money does require an emergency declaration,” Carroll added.

    “According to the WH this money will be spent sequentially so the § 9705 money will be spent first then the § 284 money then the § 2808 money,” He wrote.

    “So depending on how fast they can begin construction, they will have to spend over $5 billion (including the $1.3 billion in fencing appropriations) before any of the emergency money is ever tapped,” Carroll concluded.

    These moves are pretty amazing, really. It means that much of the spending Trump is shifting to the wall can’t be stopped by the Democrats and their nuisance lawsuits”.

  21. That “The art of the deal” is nothing but “The art of caving” and/or “The art of not walking the talk” or ….. welcome to open borders .

  22. President Trump has some of the worse advisers who ever served a president. He would be doing the voters a big favor if he fired them all including his family. There is never an excuse to signing any bill without reading it.

  23. The local officials have a say in regards to the $1.37 billion the bill provides, not the rest of the money Trump will use to build the wall. As for the other parts of the bill, the RINOs along with Kushner ( which I’ve said many times should be sent packing back to NYC) are atrocious… let’s see how this plays out in the end.

  24. This provision of the bill should be titled “Child trafficking rapid growth bill.”

    **Anybody** in the world who wants to illegally enter the US — with zero risk of deportation — just needs to steal a child.

    Parents were willing to send young kids, unaccompanied, several thousand miles to the US with the hope the rest of the family could then come in under chain migration. How many will accept $500 or $1000 for their child?

    …or maybe their 9 year old daughter just never makes it home from school today…she just disappears.

    Now, any jihadist, gang member, or narco can steal or buy a child as a defense against deportation. Have uncle Muhammed accompany nephew 10 year old Ali and neither can be deported under this law. Rafael pays Juanita $500 for her 8 year old daughter Maria, and now neither can be deported — he’s a sponsor. Mohammad snatches 6 year old Sergio off the streets in Monterrey, Mexico, and he can’t be deported either.

    This is a humanitarian disaster. The unintended consequences for this law will be measured in the blood of children.

  25. It reminds me of early 2017, when Trump was offered an Obamacare ‘repeal’ by RINO Republicans that didn’t really repeal Obamacare at all, but yet he was ready to sign it and proclaim the end of Obamacare.

    Well sure. Just like he promised the “end” of Obamacare, he promised a wall. If he doesn’t deliver then….

    And that’s what all this is really about. Border security? Pfft. That’s just the chum.

  26. I wonder if his base is still with him? If so, they need to have their heads examined. He totally sold them out.

  27. Congrats to all those who sought a super-yuge amnesty, you got it!

    There are 4.8 billion (adult population outside the US) potential sponsors in the world. This bill provides every one of them an affirmative defense against deportation.

    This is open borders. Legal immigrants need not apply.

  28. I also wanted Cruz but Cruz wouldn’t have won against Hillary. Trump had the big mouth and he said exactly what a lot of people wanted to hear. Cruz doesn’t speak like that. We needed Trump to get people to wake up out of their leftist coma’s and he achieved that. I know many democrats that voted for Trump but wouldn’t have voted for Cruz. Sad but I believe Trump was a blessing for Cruz. Now those people are paying attention and see the democrats for who they are and will vote Cruz 2024.

  29. If 224 isn’t a blatant amnesty , and a dangerous version of one even if you are pro amnesty.. if it’s not so bad, shouldn’t someone from Team Trump come out and explain that it is ‘limited’ or ‘restricted’ in order to calm people?
    Shouldn’t one of the congressman who voted on it from the conservative R side explain to us rubes why Coulter and Horrowitz are wrong and Hannity is right? I’m open to their arguments. I’d love to be convinced that my concern is misplaced.

  30. No one read this bill. Not Trump. Not The House. Not The Senate. I guess they had to pass it to see what’s in it. Trump has done some good things. This bill he signed obliterated all those good things.

  31. Even after signing this complete dogsh*t bill, dare I say, we’re still in a better overall situation than if Hillary were President.

  32. Here’s how bad the border bill is that Trump just signed…
    —IT’s A SMELLY, NAUSEATING d-cRAT/RINO CRAP SANDWICH
    (Did ANYONE really think that RINO McConnell and RINO McCarthy would come up with anything but a “negotiating” (i.e. CAVING) team of RINOs who would give the d-cRATS everything they want ?)

  33. This is what he did, he freaking surrendered. For NO REASON at all. He could have had this fight a year ago, on far better terms and didn’t. Total GARBAGE.

  34. Horowitz is complaining about “bollard fencing,” but Trump had long ago dropped the idea of a concrete wall based on the preferences of the border patrol. While I would think a concrete wall would be ideal, I would trust what the border patrol says would work best since they’re the experts.

  35. What’s in this bill for the average American citizen? Nothing positive. No border security, more back-door amnesty and more competition from imported low-skilled workers. And as result of this capitualtion by Trump. the invocation of another National Emergency act which will set an awful precedent for future, overreaching Democrat presidents. There is no silver lining to this black cloud.

  36. How did 224(ua minor section) even get in there? No one was asking for that before. Did the Rs need to add that in order to pass this bill? Really, how in the world did it even end up in the text? No one anywhere was asking for that provision. Think about that.

  37. What was the next thing he did? Tweeted out a video of him speaking at the SOTU showing Dems all flat faced with the REM song.

    Response from MAGA folks, “Lol awesome” etc – *sigh*, so gullible, the lot of them.

  38. Why isn’t Trump or any R trying to fix 224 in the bill? Why not say “That was a huge mistake and we will work on a remedy immediately”? Does anyone think the Rs would lose on that? Do you really think the Ds would defend 224? What a farce.

  39. And then there’s what Horowitz called “a blatant amnesty for the world’s worst cartel smugglers.”

    “Section
    224(a) prohibits the deportation of anyone who is sponsoring an
    “unaccompanied” minor illegal alien — or who says they might sponsor a
    UAC, or lives in a household with a UAC, or a household that potentially
    might sponsor a UAC,” he wrote.

    I don’t believe that ends in Oct. Double check, but I’m assuming that is law and not tethered to the funding.
    There is no point in pontificating on what happened yesterday if you can’t read that with clear eyes. Ann coulter is going crazy on her feed about some angel mom’s meeting when all she has to win her ‘argument’ is spam retweet the text from 224. Breittards are already back to rah rah. I think God gives us what we deserve.

  40. Just wondering how far Trump supporters will go before they admit he completely failed on his number one campaign promise?

  41. Republicans have never vigorously faught the Democrats. They let the Democrats roll us over when we’re the minority party, and they do nothing to push it back when we’re the majority. And people wonder why the country is slipping away into socialism and left wing morality.

    Trump just failed at getting an effective wall, and anything he does get built will be useless because of policy. Little did he know that he would become known for making illegal immigration worse.

  42. Trump gambled on thinking that he’ll have a better deal. That was either naive, foolish or dumb on his part. Would he have gotten better deal from Congress, if he didn’t end the shutdown? I wouldn’t think so.

    It either takes two to tango or three to conga. What really annoyed me is Grassly bringing the preacher to pray to sign this bill. Praying to sign this poison of a bill, just for what to avert a shutdown? They’re making it sound like life and death.

    Some suggested, to do a clean CR. It sounds reasonable, but Nancy, I think, wouldn’t allow it, and would’ve added poison to that as well. She is not about to let Trump get away with him smelling like a rose.

  43. What a crap sandwich this bill is. I always knew there was a problem electing a man that famously does not like to read. By signing this, Trump undermined his own national emergency declaration, gave more power to Democrats to prohibit any construction of the wall, and likely will never be able to build anything substantial. I was going to vote for Trump in 2020. Not anymore. Why bother? Let the country get a taste of a lunatic socialist President so we can elect Ted Cruz in 2024.

  44. I’ve read some Trump supporters argue that the bill is only good through September or something like that.

  45. This battle over the border wall could very soon become a moot point. On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to take the case of New York Immigration Coalition v. United States Department of Commerce, the case against the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The case will be heard this April and decided this summer. The Democrat’s open borders and sanctuary city policy is driven by reapportionment, the allocation of U.S. House seats, Electoral College members and federal grant funds. Without this advantage, illegal aliens become a liability to the party rather than an asset. Consequently, the Democratic party would be more than willing to build the wall, end sanctuary cities, and deport as many illegal aliens as possible if illegal aliens no longer counted for the purpose of reapportionment.

    It should be noted that the case, decided in favor of the plaintiff, was accepted by SCOTUS before it was even heard by a court of appeals. Presiding over this case was U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the Second Circuit, an Obama appointee. There is also a related case, ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER (EPIC) v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, a case recently decided in favor of the defendant, presiding U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of the D.C. Circuit, a Trump appointee.

    (Read “SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE ON CITIZENSHIP QUESTION IN 2020 CENSUS” by Kevin Daley, Daily Caller)

  46. Trump will fill the gaps with the national crises money. He will not ranchers of mayors or anyone to consult with.

  47. #5 is the best part because it legalizes economic migration, facilitating return to home countries.

  48. He thinks it’s okay. Rush didn’t scold him. He played golf with him last week. He probably had those great advisors that all said it’s okay, sign it, in that golf group….so now the MSM will be talking about his National Emergency thingy which apparently wasn’t an emergency until yesterday after saying, he didn’t have to do this ( no wonder they don’t want him chatting with Mueller). But all the supporters next week will be talking about the National Emergency, The Russian Crap but not about how bad this thing he signed which no one read, really is….

  49. “Trump is a mirror held up to the American electorate.” – Ben Shapiro

    I can’t wait to see what the next president is going to be like. A real doozy, I expect.

  50. For those majors that doesn’t want a fence running though their city. NO problem, Trump should loop a fence outside the city limits around their town. Haha now they will have to go through those check gates when they leave/come into their city.

  51. I don’t care what anyone says, he is a one term President because of this. He refuses to go after voter fraud, even though it was obvious in the 2018 election. He refuses to bust heads at DoJ. He refuses to use the powers of his office to build the wall and now has surrendered his key issue. Ann Coulter will be, sadly, proven correct.

  52. Can’t see any comments again. Occasionally I see one, sometimes one different one. Have fun friends.

    Note to Scoop: DUMP DISQUS, please.

  53. I sincerely hope Mike Lee or Ted Cruz (in that order) run against Trump this upcoming election. And don’t give me this “they’ll never win” stuff. Had it not been for the P-blocking of “Kasick” and “The Rube”, Ted would have probably been the GOP nominee (in spite of Bitch McConnell and friends). I think Mike Lee would be a better choice but either of these two would be perfect and awesome imo. I still will NOT vote for Trump. Especially after this.

  54. Baffled, beaten, bested, circumvented, conquered, cowed, crushed, disappointed, discomfited, disheartened, frustrated, humbled, licked, mastered, mugged, outplayed, outmaneuvered, overpowered, overwhelmed, overcome, overthrown, robbed, rolled, routed, subjugated, surmounted, thwarted, trounced, undone, vanquished, worsted…

  55. He will regret this. A lot.

    He had started to win some of us over. Not big fans but able to support some of what he did. Now?

  56. I was already depressed but this is making it worse. It’s early Saturday afternoon but I am going to drink a glass of wine. While I am still free. We were better off without Trump.

  57. I’m so distraught… Filthy, dirtbag Republicans – especially R senators – are complicit in the destruction of American sovereignty.

  58. So… what does this leave for the American voter? Vote for a dumbass, incompetent braggard? Or vote for the party of death (infanticide) and the GND? America’s future looks bleak imo.

  59. This is a disaster. Unless Trump finds a way to pull this bullet out of the fire come next election he’s finished.

  60. Two terrible observations:

    1) Republicans put us in this mess. If they had been sincere in their false campaign promises and followed through instead, this would be a moot point. Same with obamacare. Same with Planned Parenthood. REPUBLICANS F’d over the country. And McConnell is undoubtedly squarely in the middle of it. Trump was just the stooge who did their bidding – whether knowingly or not. And don’t diminish Kushner’s role in this crap fest.

    2) Pelosi and The Left are smiling. That alone ought make EVERYONE furious!

    I asked the question weeks ago when Trump was bad-mouthing the intelligence community, if America would be better off if he didn’t run again… Now, with this magnificent dumbass move, I sincerely hope he is a one-term president. And I was starting to root for him. No more.

  61. What I used to say about 0bamao was, “I don’t listen to what he says; I’ll watch what he DOES.”

    Actions speak louder than words and Pres. Trump’s words really don’t align with his actions, when it comes to this issue. That he signed this crap sandwich is only proof of that.

    I’ve heard some people say he had no choice but to sign this since both houses of Congress had veto-proof majorities. B.S. I thought this guy was a fighter, so we’ve been told over and over again. This guy was going to “drain the swamp” because he was an outsider. He could have took this to the people and let them see what was in this … if he actually cares about border security, which I’m convinced he doesn’t.

    But then, he has been a RAT Regressive for most of his life. To think that he “suddenly” came around to conservatism was and is pure B.S.

  62. There’s more to this:

    1) Democrats offered X dollars for the wall:

    Democrats offering things doesn’t mean anything. Many of those offers are strictly for PR purposes. What matters is what actually gets into a bill that will pass Congress.

    2) Don’t absolve Congress:

    McConnell has been in Congress forever. Republicans (RINOs) have had many chances to secure the border but they, like Democrats refuse to do it and we all know the reasons why. Democrats in particular benefit too much from illegal immigration to just give it up.

    3) What’s to gain from another shutdown fight right now?

    So air traffic controllers start walking off the job, flights get delayed, public gets angry, RINOs buckle, game over. If Pelosi caves she might as well just resign given the radicalism of the Democrat base. This isn’t the Democrat Party that was present during the Reagan years. This is not to say no more shutdowns but battles have to be picked carefully.

    4) Trump didn’t just declare a national emergency.

    He also used two other statutes to free up funds for the wall.

    5) The bill likely sets up a political fight later.

    It appears that Trump will get some sections of the wall built which should have the effect of funneling illegal immigrants to areas without a wall. Not only would this make border patrol’s job easier but there are political ramifications.

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