"If we give in to the wall, what's he going to do next time?" Cuellar told the Laredo Morning Times . "... It's dangerous to allow a person to leverage that any time he wants to get something done." The legislator added that such a budget should be earmarked to fund retention bonuses for Border Patrol agents. … [Read more...] about Government Shutdown: More Than 54,000 Border Patrol Agents To Work Without Pay, While Trump Says They ‘Want the Wall’
Why does trump want to build a wall around mexico
Although Trump touted the study as a way to “rebuild” the U.S. military when he ordered it in May 2017, economic motives were clearly a crucial factor. Navarro typically cited the importance of a “healthy, growing economy and a resilient industrial base,” identifying weapons spending as a key element in achieving such goals. The CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, one of the defense lobby’s most powerful trade groups, underscored Navarro’s point when, in July 2017, he insisted that “our industry’s contributions to U.S. national security and economic well-being can’t be taken for granted.” (He failed to explain how an industry that absorbs more than $300 billion per year in Pentagon contracts could ever be “taken for granted.”) … [Read more...] about Trump Had Big Plans To Repair Our Crumbling Infrastructure. Here’s What America Got Instead.
Trump's claim that much of the "Wall has already been fully renovated or built" is only supported when counting work done by past administrations and ignoring the fact that fences are not the towering walls he promised. The 2006 Secure Fence Act has resulted in about 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) of border barrier. Money approved by Congress in March 2018 is to pay for 84 miles (135 km), but that work is not done. … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Trump’s Claims on Border, Drugs, Mattis
"Last fall, I vividly remember touring a barracks with mold growing out of the ceiling where they had to evacuate the soldiers out of certain rooms. And as much as we've done the last two years, we have not made up for that deficit in military construction that does affect readiness, that does affect the quality of life and all sorts of things. So, to take some of that money and use it for something other than [military construction] will obviously be damaging, and I'm not for that." … [Read more...] about GOP Rep. Thornberry: Military Needs Money, Don’t Use for Wall
In brief comments at the White House Friday, Trump urged Democrats to “come back and vote” to fund the wall and reopen the government. Asked about the potential of using his executive authority to build the wall, he said: “What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency.” … [Read more...] about Trump could divert money from Folsom Dam to fund a border wall; Democrats vow a fight