One of President Donald Trump ’s biggest, and most controversial, campaign promises was his pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to help curb illegal immigration.
Trump’s proposal has been met with a lot of resistance from Democrats, and a few Republicans, however it appears to be moving along quite nicely.
The House Homeland Security Committee approved a broad outline for Trump’s border wall on Wednesday, clearing a bill, and some waivers, that would eventually enact Trump’s proposals, The Washington Times reported.
The bill would authorize $10 billion for infrastructure spending, and the waivers would speed up the the construction process. In addition, the bill would add 5,000 more border patrol agents to patrol the border. On a 1,954-mile border, that works out to about one agent for every 700 yards of territory. Considering how hostile the area is to human travel, and the limited routes that can be followed, that’s going to be a considerable hindrance to the illegal alien smugglers.
The bill passed the committee on a party-line vote, 18-12. Republicans on the committee agreed that it was time to actually move forward on the border security issue. Democrats objected to the cost of the wall.
“We’ve been talking about border security for so many years, and now we finally have a chance to get this done. We finally have a partner in the White House who has prioritized this issue,” explained committee Chairman Michal McCaul, a Texas Republican.
The bill is quite broad, authorizing 5,000 new border patrol agents, and 5,000 new Customs and Border Protection Officers to guard points of entry.
It would also require the completion of a bio-metric entry system that has been stalled for years, give money to local governments to beef up the border and authorize states to deploy the National Guard at the border.
The Hill noted that while this legislation is expected to eventually clear the house, it stands very little chance of passing the Senate where it would require 60 votes to overcome a likely Democrat filibuster.
The Washington Examiner noted that it is very possible this bill could be used as a bargaining chip during negations over the status of the so-called “dreamers” after Trump stated that he would phase out former President Barack Obama’s executive order Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals — or DACA — within six months.
In any case, it is nice to see congressional Republicans finally following through on a campaign promise and getting this legislation started.
Let’s hope they can find a way to get this passed so we can finally have real border security.
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source: Conservative Tribune