Past Features

April 19, 2017

Opposition to Trump's wall grows
Time to redefine?

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 doesn't say wall -- but it does say operational control of the border
The Hill -- April 18, 2017
Senate Dems: Trump's border wall could cost nearly $70 billion
    President Trump's proposed wall along the southern border could cost more than three times an initial estimate, according to Senate Democrats.
    The U.S.-Mexico border wall could cost $66.9 billion, in addition to roughly $150 million in annual maintenance, according to a report released Tuesday by Democratic staff on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
    The Democratic report's figure is significantly higher than an internal Department of Homeland Security report, which estimated that the wall would take between three to five years to complete and cost $21.6 billion.

The Hill
Poll: More than 6 in 10 Texans oppose border wall
    Sixty-one percent of adult citizens living in Texas oppose President Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a poll the nonprofit, nonpartisan Texas Lyceum released Tuesday.
Glenn Spencer -- April 19, 2017
One sure way of losing the battle
   Sen. Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee has said that President Trump's border wall proposal is a metaphor for securing the border.
    I have said all along that the idea of building a solid wall on the border is a bad idea.
    It is time to drop the idea and instead rephrase the border effort in terms that all Americans can understand. It is time for Operation 20-20. (See my video message to John McCain in 2008 re 20/20).
   Set a goal of reducing the number of illegal border crossers to no more that 20,000, and hold it for twenty months. After that, allow congress to take up comprehensive immigration reform.
    Use whatever means is appropriate to reach the goal of 20,000, but have a way to prove the job has been done.
    President Trump sited the Secure Fence Act of 2006 as his primary authority for his wall executive order, but that act says nothing about walls, only fences --- but it does talk about operational control of the border
    It is time to drop the metaphor and stop talking about a wall --- and start talk about operational control of the border which, by the way, is mentioned eight times in President Trump's border wall executive order.
    One sure way of losing the battle is to keep calling it a wall.