Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appears set to coast to yet another easy victory in an end of year government funding dispute, as the GOP and White House now appear poised to cave on a previous demand for $5 billion in wall funding.
Although it seems a bare minimum to merely begin wall construction is an unacceptable demand, the same government funding package in which wall funding is noticeably absent features more than $10 billion in foreign aid directed towards Mexico and Central America. It was announced at a State Department event in Mexico with the Mexican foreign secretary that $5.8 billion will be spent in Central America for “strengthening government and economic development,” with an additional $4.8 billion slated for economic development in Southern Mexico.
The purpose for the foreign aid payment was framed as a way for poor countries in the region to improve circumstances as a means to make caravan-style mass migration to the United States unnecessary. However, the irony of paying foreign nations to stop the flow of migrants while keeping the porous and unsecured U.S border largely exposed could strike many conservatives and American nationalists as a totally flawed set of priorities.
To put matters in perspective, most serious estimates gauging the price of an effective and serious border wall estimate it would cost between $20-30 billion. The money the U.S. taxpayer is slated to send across the border as a free gift to the notoriously corrupt governments of countries like Mexico and Honduras could have been spent to cover half the costs of the border wall that the American people were promised in the 2016 Presidential election.
After signaling a willingness to shut down the government for the bare minimum of $5 billion to begin wall construction, the Trump administration seems to have backtracked, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying the administration wished to avoid a shutdown. She said that the administration was looking at alternative means of securing wall funding and construction.
Enough excuses and slush payments to corrupt foreign governments while the border wall remains unrealized.
SUV Carrying 27 People Crashes with Semi Truck Near Mexican Border, At Least 15 Killed
A tragedy that could’ve been avoided.
A Tuesday morning crash involving an SUV and a semi truck has killed at least 15 people.
The crash occurred near Holtville, California, a town close to both the Arizona border and the US-Mexico border. The SUV, according to the New York Times, pulled into the path of the semi at an intersection.
14 of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while another died at the hospital. At least six other victims are currently receiving treatment at the hospital as well.
It is believed that 27 passengers were packed inside the SUV, which had a maximum legal capacity of seven to eight people. Because of this and the crash’s proximity to the US-Mexico border, it is probable that the passengers were illegal immigrants being smuggled into the United States.
The California Highway Patrol has not officially confirmed their immigration status because it is still under investigation, but Dr. Adolphe Edward of the El Centro Regional Medical Center said he believes the victims to be illegal aliens.
Big League Politics is closely following the illegal immigration crisis that’s been brewing since Joe Biden’s assumption of the White House. We recently reported on how the Border Patrol expects 13,000 illegal alien minors to arrive at the US-Mexico border in just the month of May. We also reported on Biden’s DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claiming that he didn’t think the situation at the border constitutes a crisis:
Another reporter asked Mayorkas if he thought there was a crisis at the border, to which he replied: “I think that the answer is no. I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.” Despite the reporter’s pushback on his claim, Mayorkas reiterated that his team was working “around the clock” to address the issues confronting the DHS and that the level of illegal immigrants coming across the border constitutes a challenge, not a crisis.
Illegal immigration is harmful to both the nation and the migrants. Tuesday’s accident near the border was a tragedy that could’ve been avoided.
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