Past Features

November 11, 2016

Trump border plans taking shape
Will he build "Hillary's Wall"?

"...they have actually approved a wall..." [Watch]
Trump doesn't need Congress to start building wall, Giuliani says
    Donald Trump's relationship with Congress is going to be very interesting to watch: One top Trump adviser suggested Wednesday the President-elect could enact his biggest campaign promise --- a wall on the border with Mexico --- without any help from the Republicans who control Capitol Hill. [...]
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a top Trump adviser, said Thursday Trump will keep the promise and build the wall, but he cautioned it would not happen overnight.
    "The wall is going to take a while. Obviously he's going to build it. It's a campaign promise. He's not going to break a campaign promise," Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."
    Cuomo pointed out there is bipartisan opposition to the idea of a wall in Congress, to which Giuliani said something very interesting that could presage a very interesting debate over executive power.
    "Well, he can do it by executive order by just reprogramming money within the, within the immigration service," Giuliani said. "And not only that, they have actually approved a wall for certain portions of the border that hasn't even been built yet. So you could take a year building that out, with what has been approved." [...]
    Asked three times by CNN if he supports Trump's signature plan to build a wall with Mexico, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would only say: "I want to achieve border security the way that's most effective."

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Taking Trump Seriously, Not Literally
    On October 21, I suggested that Trump change his plans for a concrete wall up to 55 feet tall and build "Hillary's Wall" instead.
    It is now becoming clear that this is exactly what President-elect Trump plans to do. He will finish building the 700-mile, double-layered fence called for in the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton voted for, but was never completed.
    I also recommended installing SEIDARM on the entire border to show if completing 700 miles of fence is effective at securing the border --- as Senate Majority Leader McConnell requires.
    I had suggested to Univision that Mexico might be glad to pay for SEIDARM since it would satisfy a prerequisite for moving on immigration reform --- it would prove that the border is secure --- and Trump can say they paid for a "border wall" --- a virtual wall.
    I have long said that candidate Trump was using the term "wall" as a metaphor for securing the border. As The Atlantic said, the people were Taking Trump Seriously, Not Literally.
    President-elect Trump can now show that he was serious about border security.