Past Features

April 24, 2017

Big debate over the wall -- will the
real issue be discussed?

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Politifact -- April 23, 2017
Fact-check: Did top Democrats vote for a border wall in 2006?
    White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said he doesn't understand Democratic opposition to funding the border wall because top Democrats voted for it just over 10 years ago. [...]
    "We still don't understand why the Democrats are so wholeheartedly against it. They voted for it in 2006. Then-Sen. Obama voted for it. Sen. Schumer voted for it. Sen. Clinton voted for it. So we don't understand why Democrats are now playing politics just because Donald Trump is in office.” [...]
   Originally, the act called on the Department of Homeland Security to install at least two layers of reinforced fencing along some stretches of the border. That was amended later, however, through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, which got rid of the double-layer requirement.

Glenn Spencer -- April 24, 2017
Taking our eyes off the ball
    Politifacts says the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 “got rid of the double-layered requirement.” What that act actually did was to allow DHS not to build a double fence, or anything else, if it determined if “the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operational control over the international border…”
    Operational control of the border is the “prevention of all unlawful entries…” In many cases, DHS installed walk-through vehicle barriers instead of a double layered fence. Was this the most appropriate means of “preventing all unlawful entries? Hardly.
    But how would DHS know if what it was doing was appropriate, since it has no way of measuring operational control, and congress has no way of knowing if DHS did the right thing? The open-borders left-wing knows this, so they avoid all attempts to use operational control as a measure of success.
    Take your eye off the ball: "If someone takes their eye off the ball, they don't concentrate on something important that they should be looking at.”
    The leftist media don't want to prevent anyone from crossing our borders, so they deliberately avoid talking about operational control of the border --- they are making sure we keep our eyes off the ball.
    In his executive order on the border wall, President Trump mentions operational control of the border eight times. He should step up and explain what his ‘wall' is intended to do. He should also stop calling it a wall.
    Polifact: "Experts have repeatedly told PolitiFact that the differences in semantics between a wall and a fence are not too significant because both block people.”
    The difference is that one can see through a fence --- not so will a wall. The same with the flow of water. The differences are significant.