Monday evening, President Donald J. Trump said on Twitter that he has contracted a company to build 115 miles of wall along the southern United States border.
“I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas. We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete. Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!” he said.
I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas. We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete. Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018
The announcement comes during a time when the federal government is partially shut down, after Democrats would not allocate $5 billion in budget money to build a wall on the border.
At the beginning of last week, Trump appeared to fold during budget talks, signaling that he would pass the continuing resolution to keep the government open even without funding the wall. After pushback from his base, he reversed course and put the screws to Democrats, telling them to fund the wall or risk shutting the government down. They chose the latter.
Since then, Trump has held talks with border hawks in the legislature on how to get the wall built for the American people, which was his central campaign promise.
Apparently, he has made some progress, announcing that he will move forward with 115 miles of wall in Texas. The border stretches about 2,000 miles in total. Some parts are walled and others are fenced, but as a whole, the border is porous.
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Arrests at U.S Southern Border Surged 40% in Month of June
They’re infiltrating the borders again.
Arrest of illegal aliens at the U.S-Mexico border surged by 40% in the month of June, suggesting that human traffickers and border crossers are seeking to infiltrate the borders of the United States once again after a lull during the coronavirus pandemic.
Acting Customs and Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan called the increase in border crossings concerning. He described a danger to public health from the free movement of aliens across the southern border, citing the rise in crossings as a need for a border wall. “It is imperative that we continue to build the border wall system and enforce CDC policies aimed at protecting the health of Americans.”
Border arrests during the coronavirus pandemic had been the lowest in number in at least a decade, as the pandemic in the United States and Mexico largely placed the illegal movements of people at a halt. The Department of Homeland Security has also implemented special ‘expulsion’ procedures to quickly return illegal aliens to their countries of origin without involving the byzantine and slow-moving immigration court system, which migrants often exploit with dubious claims of persecution in their home countries to claim asylum.
Seizures of hard drugs such as cocaine and fentanyl coming across the border have also increased by a significant percentage, indicating that international drug smuggling organizations are back in business after halting due to coronavirus.
State of emergency ‘expulsion’ powers afforded to CBP allows the agency to return most illegal aliens across the border within two hours.
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