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President Trump Could Use the Military to Build the Wall



President Trump Addressed Funding For Border Wall

President Trump addressed reporters, saying that if he cannot get funding through Congress by using Homeland Security’s budget to build the U.S.- Mexico Border Wall, he could use military funding. The President is seeking approximately 25 billion dollars. “Two Defense Department officials told the Daily Mail in August that the Army Corps of Engineers could take on the task.”

The President said “We have two options: we have military and we have Homeland Security. I’d rather get it through politically; I’d rather get it through Congress. If we don’t, I’m looking at that option [government shutdown] very seriously.”

On Friday, September 28, 2018, President Trump approved the spending bill and avoided a government shutdown. The new bill will keep the government open through December 7th and sets up the fight over the border wall. A number of programs will be discussed on December 7th, but the topic projected to dominate the debate is the funding for the Border Wall.

Can Israel / West Bank Border Wall Success Work in the U.S.?

President Trump has repeatedly talked about Israel’s border wall, and GOP senators have echoed his stance. Specifically talking about the border fence between Israel and Egypt in a February 2017 interview, Senator Ron Johnson, said: "Israel … had a real problem with illegal immigrants coming in from the southern border, about 16,000 in one year. In two years, they constructed 143-mile fence, about $2.9 million per mile, and it cut that illegal immigration rate from about 16,000 to I think 18. Cut it by 99 percent."

As a “thumbs up” to President Trump, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted on January 28, 2017, “President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.”

It is important to note that Israel has built multiple borders between itself, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, and the West Bank which are in place for protection against illegal immigration and terrorism.

Why Building a Border Wall Is a Morally Good Action

In the olden days, walls were built around cities to give peace and security. The walls kept criminals, murderers, and thieves out. Citizens used a main gate to come and go, but the city officials had control of who came and went. Today, the issue is about a country’s border wall, but the principle is the same.

Limited Days before the Midterms

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Lou Dobbs of Fox News spoke to Congressman Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, about building/funding the border wall. Mr. Biggs said, “I’m frustrated as anything. First-of-all, in the overall budget, we’re asking less than one half of one percent to build a wall that will save American lives and preserve our sovereignty, as the Nation will stanch the flow of drugs across the border. It will stop criminality, it will slow down human trafficking, and smuggling. It’s not the be all to everything, but I tell you what, we could build it, we could fund that wall. And if you don’t like that, I’ve got a bill that provides off-budget funding.” Mr. Biggs went on to say, “I think I’m frustrated, I think the American People are frustrated, and if you want to prevent a Blue Wave, what I would be doing in the next week or two is I’d be finding a way to fund that wall and promise to get it started. Because I keep hearing ‘oh yeah, we’re building a wall.’ No, we’re not. We’re making some repairs on walls that already exist. We’re not building new walls, we’re re-building old walls. And that’s a big problem when you look at the numbers of people that are crossing the border. We’re back into a surge situation again, Lou, and that just can’t go on.”

Will the Promise Made, Be a Promise Kept?

There is no doubt that border walls/fences are an effective deterrent in helping to stem the illegal immigration traffic from one country to the next. The 99 percent reduction in illegal immigration in Israel by using a border fence is enticing.

The problem the United States and the Trump Administration face is whether or not Congress will give the “all clear” to finish the Southern Border Wall project.

Marie Rennacker / Journalist
Working as an administrative assistant in the corporate world, academia, medical field and marketing research gave me the bulk of my writing experience. Raised by a WWII Naval Officer and educator, my love of politics and military history goes back to my high school days when I formed "The Young Republicans' Club" in the county where I grew up. My love of medicine is written into my DNA. My love of children and animals knows no bounds.
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