HUGE: US Customs and Border Protection Announce Plans for 509 Miles of New Border Wall, More Winning
While it’s true the GOP did nothing to help Trump and the American people regarding the border while they had the majority and Democrats just want open borders since Trump was elected – the President is getting it done by himself. Construction of a new 15-mile, 30-foot-high secondary fence barrier wall is in progress between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
Truth is, President Trump has never said anything original about the border, everyone from Hillary Clinton, to Chuck Schumer, to Barack Obama have said everything Trump is hated for saying regarding the border problem. They all ran very recently, as did Bill Clinton and most of the 2020 Dem candidates, on strong borders and the need to close it down.
The US Customs Border Protection plans at this time to build 509 miles of border fence, wall, barrier, whatever you want to call it, with $9.8 billion in federal funding. Trump did this without A SINGLE VOTE from the Open Borders Democrat Party.
Roger Ogden from Patriot Fire added this on the latest funding for 509 miles of new border wall.
It seems they are completing the requirements of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 in more nearly the way it should have been done from the beginning. To do more than that would probably require a new law by Congress.
The Secure Fence Act called for almost 800 miles of fence and also for double fence. 200-300 miles of the existing fence is probably already acceptable.
Last week when Trump was at the border they said they would construct a double fence where it makes sense, that is probably areas of large urban populations and/or close to highways where illegals can be picked up.
According to Roger…
There was 650 miles of old fence before Trump took office. About half of it was originally intended to stop vehicles and is easy for individuals to climb over. Don’t be fooled by recent articles. Updates of a very ineffective, existing fence in a high traffic area is much, much better and more useful than building a brand new fence in a low traffic area. Updating the inadequate, old fence should occur first. There are hundreds of miles of old fence that should be a priority and needs to be replaced.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan testified on Capitol Hill that a 51-year-old man bought a 6-month-old baby for $80 in Guatemala to pose as a family unit to get into the United States. Democrat members of Congress persisted in strengthening the narrative that the Trump Administration is intent on separating families, but were reminded they have done nothing to help.
McAleenan was speaking Thursday before the House Oversight Committee investigating border problems. His testimony comes amid a growing outcry over the treatment of migrants at the border, an internal investigation into Border Patrol agents who posted crude and mocking posts in a secret Facebook group and the move this week to effectively end asylum on the U.S.-Mexico border .
A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer’s zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children have been separated from families out of 450,000 family groups that have crossed the border since October.
He said they are separated because of health and safety concerns, among other reasons. “The vast majority” of families are kept together, he said. That tally does not include children who come with older siblings, or aunts and uncles and grandparents and are separated under longstanding policy meant to guard against human trafficking.
McAleenan said Congress would need to amend laws to allow border officers more discretion in order to keep those groups together.
But while politicians and Presidential hopefuls expressed their outrage and pointed fingers at the Trump administration, official data indicates that Mexico-U.S. border deaths have actually declined in the first two years of the current administration.
According to statistics compiled by the United States Border Patrol, there were 298 border deaths in 2017 and 283 in 2018, making it an average of 291 per year. The average yearly deaths under President Obama stood at 372 and 382 under the Bush administration.