Sarah Sanders: ‘In 21 Days This is Happening With Or Without Dems’
This tweet from White House Communications Director Sarah Sanders was pushed out after the Senate and House passed a continuing resolution to reopen the government temporarily so that workers could be paid and negotiations could continue on the impasse on immigration and border security:
In 21 days President @realDonaldTrump is moving forward building the wall with or without the Democrats. The only outstanding question is whether the Democrats want something or nothing https://t.co/dMaDfBOIuT
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 26, 2019
Pretty clear and Speaker Nancy Pelosi was equally clear on the issue: “Our unity is our power,” Pelosi said. “And that is what maybe the president underestimated.” “Have I not been clear on the wall?” the Speaker told reporters when asked if Democrats would continue to object to wall funding in the upcoming negotiations. “I’ve been very clear.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was equally direct: “Democrats are against the wall.”
This video below is really, really interesting. Watch and tell us what is unusual about it?
FLASHBACK: When Democrat Senator Dick Durbin complained about the 2006 Secure Fence Act not covering *enough* of the 2,000 mile southern border —–> https://t.co/iCa0yzRdGj
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 10, 2019
The Secure Fence Act of 2006 enjoyed strong bipartisan support, passing the House of Representatives on a 238-138 vote and the Senate 80-19.
Sixty-four House and 25 Senate Democrats voted for the measure, including Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Barack Obama of Illinois, Joe Biden of Delaware and Dianne Feinstein of California.
BACK TO TODAY:
President Trump agreed to reopen government “without preconditions,” pointing out that he agreement endorses the position Democrats have held throughout the shutdown.
Currently, there exists about 700 miles of various forms of fencing or barriers along the nation’s 1,954-mile border with Mexico. Included in this total is approximately 350 miles of pedestrian fencing and 300 miles of vehicle barriers, National Review reported.
With Democrats still dug in against the wall, it’s difficult to see a solution coming out of the House-Senate conference committee formed as part of the deal to negotiate differences over border security funding.
Can President Trump build the wall by executive order?
Executive Order 13767, titled Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, is an executive order issued by United States President Donald Trump on January 25, 2017. The order directs a wall to be built along the Mexico–United States border. On December 22, 2018, the federal government went into a shutdown.
The order directs “executive departments and agencies … to deploy all lawful means to secure the Nation’s southern border, to prevent further illegal immigration into the United States, and to repatriate illegal aliens swiftly, consistently, and humanely”, and states that “It is the policy of the executive branch to secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border.”
In late 2017 the Department of Homeland Security paid about $3 million for the construction of eight prototypes near San Diego, California, with local taxpayers spending about $2.3 million in security. In November 2017 SWF Construction won an $18 million contract to replace an existing 2-mile wall in Calexico, California. Construction began in February 2018.