Past Features

August 1, 2017

Trump to drop wall idea?

Daily Caller -- July 31, 2017
Report: New White House Chief Of Staff Believes He Has Convinced Trump To Give Up On Border Wall
    New White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly believes he has convinced President Donald Trump to abandon his pledge to construct a large and lengthy wall along the border separating the United States and Mexico, according to The New Yorker.
    At a private meeting in tony Aspen, Colorado, two weeks ago, Kelly told a group of high-profile attendees that he had extensively discussed the border wall issue with Trump. Kelly believes he persuaded Trump to abandon his policy goal of erecting a lengthy wall along the 1,954-mile border which the United States shares with Mexico, according to The New Yorker.
    Instead of a wall, Kelly said he suggested Trump could utilize a combination of complex monitoring equipment, continuous air surveillance and many miles of fencing can effectively secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Such a combination of materials and surveillance would be called a “barrier” instead of a “wall,” Kelly told his audience.
    The people who attended the meeting are current and former principals in the U.S. national security apparatus.
    Kelly, a Marine Corps general and formerly Trump's Homeland Security secretary, also seemed to be suggesting that he can curb some of Trump's tendencies and persuade Trump to dump what The New Yorker describes as his cartoonish policy initiatives.

Glenn Spencer -- August 1, 2017
Cartoons are fun, but now let's get serious
    When I first heard of Trump's wall idea two years ago, I said he was wrong.
    As the campaign progressed I began to understand that Trump was using a "cartoon image" of a wall to fire the imagination of voters --- and it worked, because people want a secure border.
    Ten years ago, speaking just before the Senate vote on amnesty, Sen. Elizabeth Dole (who should have been or first woman president) said:
"And so my strong view is that it's not just promises, it's proof that people want. The American People want to see results, control of our borders. So we need to establish standards, metrics and show that they have been achieved.”
    We should proceed to complete the unfinished work of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, while at the same time installing, what General Kelly describes as "complex monitoring equipment, continuous air surveillance” to give us metrics that can show how well we are achieving operational control of the border --- mentioned six times in President Trump's Executive Order --- BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IMPROVEMENTS.
    This will tell us if the job is being done --- and if more is needed to finish it.
    Cartoons are fun, but now let's get serious.