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The Wall: Pentagon Authorizes $1 Billion in Funding Toward Trump’s Wall

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Facing an Unprecedented Crisis at the Border, Pentagon Approves Crucial Funding for Trump’s Wall Project

On Monday, March 25, 2019 the Pentagon informed Congress that it has authorized up to $1 billion in funding to go toward building the border wall along the American and Mexican border.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has given the Army Corps of Engineers the green light to begin constructing 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing in the border towns of Yuma, Arizona, and El, Paso, Texas.

According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon is diverting $1 billion to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection. These funds would be allocated toward installing lighting and constructing roads in those areas.

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Shanahan stated that the Corps’ will be focused on blocking “drug-smuggling corridors.”

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The El Paso region has quickly become the second-busiest corridor for illegals crossing the border right after Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Many of these illegals are families coming from Central America seeking asylum. The Yuma area has witnessed a surge in illegal crossings largely from Guatemalan families.

Trump’s emergency declaration at the border now stands with Congress failing to muster enough votes to secure a veto override.

This latest news comes as a positive development for advocates of strong borders. Immigration reform advocates like Maria Espinoza believe that a border wall is needed to mitigate the negative effects of mass migration. She claims that “where fencing and barriers have been constructed, apprehensions of illegal aliens have declines as much as 95 percent.”

Others look at the European Union’s mass migration policies and the social damage they have done in recent times as to why America needs greater border security. President Trump went as far as to describe Belgium’s capital Brussels as a “hellhole” and warned about the pitfalls of uncontrolled immigration from Islamic countries taking place across Europe.

For closed border advocates, the construction of the wall is a good first step. However, other reforms that closed border proponents have pushed for like ending birthright citizenship and chain migration will encounter stiff challenges thanks to the divided Congress.

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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