Since Saturday, at 22 days in, the federal government shutdown over a border wall becomes the longest in U.S. history.
And as President Donald Trump controlled the media narrative today with a prime-time speech from the Oval Workplace, a trip to the border, and nearly a lots gaggles with press reporters, he stated plenty that’s not making it through this checkpoint without close factual assessment.
Invite to Truth Examine Friday.
Who’s going to spend for the wall?
So far, the answer to who will spend for Trump’s wall is: taxpayers and perhaps victims of natural catastrophes if the president states a national emergency situation.
At the very same time this week, he provided a jaw-dropping caveat to his signature campaign promise that Mexico would spend for the wall, saying, “I never ever meant they are going to compose out a check.”
Trump once again says, without proof, that Mexico will pay for wall by means of trade offer: “When I say Mexico is going to pay for the wall, that’s what I stated, Mexico is going to pay– I didn’t say they’re going to compose me a look for $20 billion or $10 billion” https://t.co/ggvqU6e3Hh pic.twitter.com/qX0Dtt20uA!.?.!— ABC News Politics( @ABCPolitics) January 10, 2019 However in 2016 (while he was informing everyone with
a microphone that Mexico would pay), his project website consisted of a declaration calling for a one-time payment from Mexico … basically requiring Mexico cut a check. The strategy threatened to utilize U.S. banks to cut off billions in remittance payments to Mexico unless Mexico handed over$ 5-10 billion for the wall.” When– during the campaign, I would say,” Mexico is going to
spend for it,” undoubtedly, I never said this and I never ever meant they’re going to draw up a check. I stated, “They’re going to pay for it. “They are,” Trump stated on Thursday. He when again incorrectly declared Mexico will pay
for the wall” indirectly “through his newly modified trade offer with Mexico, called the USMCA. That agreement has yet to be authorized by Congress. Wall is like a wheel Trump’s argument for the wall is
that drugs and criminals are
pouring into the United States through the southern border. Without the wall, he says, this can’t be stopped. For the skeptics, and the layperson, he explained it in this manner Thursday while going to the border in McAllen, Texas:” The wheel is older than the wall. You understand that? And there are some things that work. You understand what? The wheel works and a wall works. Nothing like a wall. “” They say a wall is medieval– well, so is a wheel,” Pres. Trump says at meeting
near southern border. “A wheel is older than a wall. “” There are some things that work, you know what? A wheel works, and a wall works.” https://t.co/0yQDGbdl33 pic.twitter.com/wNJyzNWu8p!.?.!— ABC News Politics( @ABCPolitics )January 11, 2019 Regardless of that humanity’s walls predate the wheel by almost 6,000 years, there’s plenty of evidence bad guys with drugs and weapons would continue to drive
right through ports of entry– with or without a wall. Enter Melisa Lucio, the Patrol Representative in Charge at the McAllen station, who provided a slide show showing the president all the drugs, weapons and cash her representatives have seized.
One issue: Practically everything she showed him was captured at ports of entry– not where Trump desires a wall. This border patrol agent in Texas is mostly providing examples to President Trump of smugglers who have actually tried to move drugs and individuals through ports of entry … likewise a tunnel under
existing wall. pic.twitter.com/MwwW5NtKXt!.?.!— Justin Fishel (@JustinFishelABC) January 10, 2019 That’s not to say drugs do not cross over from the open desert– they do. However according to the DEA 2018 Drug Risk Assessment, large quantities of drugs go into the U.S. through ports of entry
at the southwest border. Drugs like fentanyl are likewise mailed from China. So, the border
patrol authorities showing the president drugs stopped at a point of entry doesn’t support his argument for a wall. She also showed him an image of a drug-smuggling tunnel, developed– under existing wall.
Crisis at the border
Democrats accuse the president of “making” a crisis at the border.
Part of that criticism is accurate, part isn’t.
As Trump explains, President Barack Obama also called it a “humanitarian crisis.” Migrants are certainly suffering. There are close to 15,000 unaccompanied minors in detention centers today, kids awaiting sponsors. Detention centers are overwhelmed in the U.S. and thousands of migrants are now residing in tent cities on the Mexican side of the border waiting to declare asylum in the United States.
However is it really a “national security crisis,” as the president claimed in this opening line from his Oval Office address?
“My fellow Americans, tonight I’m talking to you due to the fact that there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Every day, Customs and Border Security agents experience countless prohibited immigrants trying to enter our country.”
There is a concerning uptick in households encountering the border, however if you’re judging by the overall circulation of migrants into the U.S., it’s not a security crisis.
According to Custom-mades and Border Security information, prohibited migration is down significantly over the last 20 years. For example, in 2001 there were 1,643,679 apprehensions at the border, compared with 396,579 in 2018– a more than 75 percent drop.
It holds true that Trump has seen apprehensions increase by about 90,000 during his second year in office. That troubles him, but it’s not precise to call that situation a “security crisis” given recent historic context.