Tell Congressional Republicans to Stand Strong for President Trump's Plan

Take action now to make sure Republicans do not sell out the President.

The Resurgent Action Center is live for you to easily connect with your member of Congress and tell him to keep the government shutdown until the Democrats are willing to compromise on border security. Take action now.

It is rather disappointing that securing our southern border has become a partisan issue. While President Trump was addressing the nation on Tuesday night, new media darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex was on MSNBC calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Author and historian Jon Meacham was on social media quoting Ku Klux Klan convention quotes in favor of building walls, implying it was racist to secure the border.

It was not racism that caused Democrats to support Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama’s own border barriers. Fences were built and, when illegal immigrants scaled them, taller wallers were built. Securing the border is not racist.

President Trump wants just over $5 billion to build 234 miles of additional barriers along the souther border. His administration and the border patrol both acknowledge, even if the President’s own rhetoric does not, that there are certain parts of the border where a physical barrier is unneeded or would do more harm than good. There are privately owned farms along the Rio Grande with farmers who require access to the water for their herds. Those are areas that can use other means to secure the border.

While the media rushed to ridicule President Trump’s claims about heroin coming across the border, the reality is that twenty percent of the heroin seized at the southern border is seized by border patrol agents catching it. Thirteen percent of the cocaine seized came from border patrol agents. Seventy-one percent of marijuana seized came from border patrol agents. Again, these are not percentages of drugs seized at points of entry, but by border patrol agents working the unsecured portions of the border between the United States and Mexico.

A great unknown is how much gets across that does not get caught. Likewise, how many people make it across who are not caught? We know drug cartels have taken over most of the human smuggling too, including children and other victims of human trafficking. We also know that it is not practical or feasible to have border patrol agents stationed everywhere. In those locations, a wall is practical.

Last February, Democrats were in favor of giving the President $5 billion to build more border barriers in exchange for allowing the so-called Dreamers to stay in the United States. It was the President’s own folly that killed that deal. Having made the deal, the President walked it back based on conservative backlash. This has always been the most reasonable deal. They should go back to it.

Democrats and many members of the media are “fact checking” the President about the money he wants spent. The reality is that the $5 billion is for more than just a wall. The President wants to expand the number of judges who can hear immigration asylum claims; expand the number of facilities to house asylum seekers; increase the number of customs agents at the border; and increase the number of border patrol agents. The President’s former adviser, Marc Short, noted on CNN this past Wednesday that the Democrats have publicly been agreeable to all these things, but behind closed doors they have rejected them.

Democrats think the border issue helps them. They have turned the border into a partisan matter. Meanwhile, every day more people, drugs, and traffickers cross the border. A secure border should not be a partisan issue and that it is partisan is a good benchmark for how poisonous our political climate has become.

Take action now to tell Republicans in Congress to stand with the President and not go wobbly.

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JASmius
JASmius

I think you mean, "Tell Congressional Republicans to break with Trump and vote to pass the appropriations bills the Senate passed three weeks ago by veto-proof margins." Trump is flying the GOP straight into the ground of political suicide. Why should Republicans passively sit back and let him do it? In reality, this is their REAL "Flight 93 moment".

bigthicket
bigthicket

Back & forth gums chomping about the border for decades makes it clear no one has been serious about it. Now someone is pushing the subject and resistance all over. Similar situation with our $21T national debt. If no one wanted that, how did it get that way?

bigthicket
bigthicket

What a hoot. Old audio clips of Obama backing up what Mr. Trump has been saying about our southern border. Nancy Pelosi also heard from.

DavidMKern
DavidMKern

@Shellyjunk If you read Erick's posts on the border, it is clear that Erick is not on any Trump bandwagon, but he is simply for supporting border enforcement that he believes is the right thing to do. In contrast, instead of arguing whether border enforcement is the right thing or the wrong thing, many Trump critics simply take a stand against border enforcement. If Trump wants something, they act as if the only reasonable position is to oppose it, because stopping Trump is the primary goal. Such critics show no interest in evaluating the underlying issues.

In some respects, Erick is still very much on the bash-side of the Trump debate. For example, Erick claims that it was Trump's folly that killed previous border control legislation. But no border control legislation ever made it to Trump and he never vetoed any such bill. The truth is that 4 different versions of Senate bills failed to pass the 60-vote limit on the same day. It wasn't a certainty that any of these bills would have passed the House as all faced opposition from some set of Democrats and Republicans. There were very many differing viewpoints on what the legislation should have included and what was unacceptable.

As long as arguments are focused strictly on the moral and political deficiencies of Trump, there will be no progress made in fixing real problems on border control or any of the other real problems a responsible set of government representatives should focus on fixing. Even if Trump is the most despicable person the world has ever seen, focusing on Trump's deficiencies will not solve any real issues. It may be an electoral strategy that will bring greater political power to Democrats and Never-Trump advocates. But then again, maybe not.

millmark
millmark

Until we all understand the depths of the "deep state", as our president does, we will not comprehend what he is fighting for. He is not god but he is fighting against something else that has set itself up as god.