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President Trump Makes MAJOR Announcement on Border Wall, Shocking Democrats


Posted by Paul Duke |

URL of the original posting site: https://steadfastdaily.com/president-trump-makes-major-announcement-on-border-wall-shocking-democrats/

From the very moment that Donald Trump stepped onto the political stage, the man has been singularly obsessed with reforming the American immigration system. From state to state, city to city, candidate Trump touted the need for a wall on the border between the United States and our southern neighbor, Mexico.  The wall would prevent ne’er-do-wells on the other side of that divider from easily accessing America; particularly the black market that exists here for drug dealers and human traffickers. These bad hombres would be forced to enter the US at legal ports of entry, making their illicit activities that much harder to travel with.

But it’s not as easy as simply pressing the “wall” button, and Donald Trump has learned this the hard way.  Democrats have opposed his wall from the get-go, forcing the President to execute some slick and complex maneuvers in order to get the all-important wall built.

President Donald Trump will transfer another $7.2 billion from Pentagon accounts in 2020 to build the promised border wall, according to the Washington Post.

The paper reported January 13 that the president would use his national emergency powers to:

“divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget, according to internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post.

“The Pentagon funds would be extracted, for the second year in a row, from military construction projects and counternarcotic funding. According to the plans, the funding would give the government enough money to complete [a total of] approximately 885 miles of new fencing by spring 2022, far more than the 509 miles the administration has slated for the U.S. border with Mexico.”

And while this may sound like a major step in the right direction, there is no doubt that the move will be challenged by the Democrats, either in court, or through the legislature.

Newest Section of Trump’s Border Wall Brings Total to Over 70 Miles


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It’s rarely covered in the media, but the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is currently under construction and there has been a lot wall built so far. In total, the Trump administration is planning on a total of over 500 miles of new border wall. With the latest construction underway, this will bring the total number to just over 70 miles of the completed wall.

KRGV in Texas reported,

It’s the second project of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley. This is the ground preparation for the construction of a new border wall.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS asked Border Patrol about the contractors, agents and equipment we’re seeing at this location. They referred us to an April memo announcing $145 million and a contract with SLSCO to build 13 miles of border wall in the Valley.

According to the construction website this next section is only to be 6 miles and the company’s contract calls for the construction and installation of “tactical infrastructure,” which includes building a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee; installing 18-foot-tall steel bollards on top of the concrete wall; removing vegetation within the 150-foot enforcement zone along the path of the new levee wall; building an all-weather patrol road next to the wall and the installation of “detection technology,” lighting and a video surveillance system.

There is actually a very reliable website to track the progress of the border wall being built. The person who created it is a Trump supporter who realized that there weren’t any accurate updates on the building of the wall so he created an interactive site for us to track the progress.

The website is Trump Wall Construction. According to this site, the total number of miles that have been built is 89 with over 500 more miles remaining to be constructed.

#WINNING: Pentagon Allocates $1 Billion For Border Wall Construction


Written by K. Walker on March 26, 2019

President Trump’s major campaign promise is one step closer to becoming a reality.

After facing opposition from RINOs in the 115th Congress and stonewalling from Democrats in the 116th, President Trump declared a national emergency to allocate funds for border construction.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi might believe that walls are ‘immoral’ but fortunately, the Pentagon disagrees.

The Pentagon has approved the transfer of up to $1 billion to build 57 miles of President Trump’s southern border wall, according to a Defense Department statement released Monday night.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan notified Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of the transfer in a letter, released alongside the statement, which said the money will go to block “up to 11 drug-smuggling corridors along the border.”

Look at that! The target areas are known drug-smuggling corridors. That makes perfect sense, don’t you think?

Shanahan “authorized the commander of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to $1 billion in support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Patrol,” according to the statement.

“These funds will be used to support DHS’s request to build 57 miles of 18-foot-high pedestrian fencing, constructing and improving roads, and installing lighting within the Yuma and El Paso Sectors of the border in support of the February 15 national emergency declaration on the southern border of the United States.”

The statement adds that the Pentagon has such authority to transfer the money “to construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement agencies.”
Source: The Hill

The plan is that;

  • approximately $8 million will be reallocated to build the wall,
  • with $6.1 million coming from Pentagon accounts.
  • Of that, $2.5 million will be taken from counter-drug programs 
  • and $3.5 from military construction projects.

Transferring money from counter-drug measures to build the wall to stop drug smugglers is going to really trigger our comrades on the left. And the fact that it’s going to block an area of the border from Yuma to El Paso is going to trigger one particular leftist — one Robert Francis O’Rourke.

Of course, Democrats are opposing the move.

CNN is taking some tentative steps into a return to actual reportage without overt bias. In their reporting on the wall funds, CNN mentions that all of the Senate Democrats on the Appropriations Committee’s subcommittees on Defense and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies signed a letter objecting to the reallocation of funds to the border wall. The Senators claim that the Pentagon did not seek approval before notifying the committee of the transfer of funds.

“We strongly object to both the substance of the funding transfer, and to the Department implementing the transfer without seeking the approval of the congressional defense committees and in violation of provisions in the defense appropriation itself,” the senators wrote. “As a result, we have serious concerns that the Department has allowed political interference and pet projects to come ahead of many near-term, critical readiness issues facing our military.”

The letter was signed by Sens. Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont; Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois; Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island; Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii; Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana; Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington; Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut; Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin; Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California; and Tom Udall, Democrat of New Mexico.
Source: CNN

Wow! That almost looks like honest-to-goodness reporting! However, the article is accompanied by a video that discusses how unlikely and expensive the wall would be.

Baby steps, I guess.

Even CNN’s attempt at throwing cold water on the border funds, (and what exactly is their solution — more physical patrols by border security agents?) this is still a win for President Trump.

It’s time for the wall to be built. We cannot continue to ignore the people flooding across the border. The New York Times was forced to admit that some detainment facilities in Texas border towns are over capacity and illegal border crossers are just let go as hundreds of ‘migrants’ arrive by the day. This simply cannot continue.

Not only that, no one seems to acknowledge the ripple-effects on legal immigrants who have to wait longer to be processed as resources are used to deal with illegal border crossers.

The wall is long overdue.

Border Crisis: Smuggler Uses Young Girls as Decoy


Reported By Tiffany Layne |

#TeamKJ, #KevinJackson

Leftists deny the existence of a border crisis. And they’re willing to stake the future of the Democrat Party on such denials.

It will soon prove to be a bad gamble, as the border crisis grows exponentially every day.

In the latest episode, two young girls were victimized as part of a bigger plan.

Unfortunately, this story will do little to convince liberals we need to secure our border. But we’ll tell it anyway. These events unfolded on the California border, in an area where the fence is aging.

Fox News elaborates:

The unidentified smuggler dropped two Salvadoran girls, ages 6 and 9, into concertina wire at an “aging” section of the border barrier, U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Diego said Tuesday. Video showed the girls being dropped from the wall before the smuggler fled.

Border patrol agents responded to the scene and gave the girls medical attention before taking them to a nearby station.

Video surveillance showed the girls were just a decoy to allow 10 people cross into U.S. territory illegally, officials said.

“All 10 individuals got away,” CBP said.

Officials did not provide further detail on the condition of the Salvadoran girls.

Child Trafficking

Sadly, these two young girls got off easy, compared to what could’ve happened to them. They were used as decoys, spoon-fed to American authorities.

However, more than 20,000 women and children are trafficked into the US each year by crossing the Mexican border.

Further, almost all the immigrants who cross the border illegally are led by smugglers. Since drug cartels maintain a stronghold on the Mexican side, they’re able to charge approximately $600/person to guarantee migrants ‘safety’ as they cross over.

Thus, human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises on the planet.

And before liberals shout another denial, consider this testimony from one retired DHS agent.

I spent over 12 years working as a special agent/undercover operator for Homeland Security Investigations in the Child Crimes/Child Trafficking unit. For a decade of that service, I was stationed at the border office in Calexico, California. Based on my extensive experience fighting transnational crime along the southern border, I know that we should absolutely finish building the wall for the sake of the children.

Not long ago, a 13-year-old girl from Central America – let’s call her “Liliana” – was kidnapped from her village, then trafficked into the U.S. at a location where there is no wall or barrier. From there, she was taken to New York City, where she was raped by American men 30 to 40 times a day.

The private anti-trafficking organization I founded over five years ago, Operation Underground Railroad, eventually helped Liliana escape her hell, and she is now healing in our care, as she prepares to take on her captors in federal court.

The U.S. is one of the highest, if not the highest, consumers of child sex. As such, traffickers know they will become very wealthy by getting their enslaved children into our country. We do these traffickers a great favor by leaving our border virtually wide open.

Even armed with such testimonies, leftists remain committed to the denial of a border crisis for one reason, and one reason only. President Trump wants to secure the border. Thus, democrats even deny their long-time support of a border wall just to build their anti-Trump rhetoric.

More from Agent Timothy Ballard:

[Americans] should stop seeing the border wall as something that would keep the “bad guys” out – though it would certainly help do that too. We must instead focus on its ability to prevent children from being brought in to become sex slaves. The wall would undoubtedly be a significant barrier to entrance into the black market of child sex trafficking, thus decreasing kidnappers and traffickers’ incentives in the first place.

For those children who are still kidnapped, the wall would provide hope. Had there been a wall, Liliana’s traffickers would have likely been compelled to try their luck at any given port of entry, which are armed with advanced technology and well-trained officers. In fact, at about the same time that Liliana was trafficked, I was participating in the rescue of a 5-year-old boy, whose trafficker had kidnapped him in Mexicali, Mexico, where there actually was a wall.

Alert officers, using their sharp skills and high-tech monitoring equipment, snagged the American trafficker at the Calexico Port of Entry, rescued the boy, and then identified an entire trafficking network, allowing us to rescue many more children.

This is how it’s supposed to work. Roughly 10,000 children are being smuggled into the U.S. every year to be sold as sex slaves – we owe it to them to finish this wall and protect them from the monsters within.

Agent Ballard’s testimony highlights both the need to protect more children along with the need to build a wall. His real life examples can’t be brushed off as twisted statistics.

One tweeter hit the nail on the head. Plenty of others chimed in, too.

More Political Cartoon INCORRECTNESS


Breaking: Trump Has Found $8 Billion for Border Barrier Construction


Reported By AP Reports | Published February 15, 2019 at 8:40am | Modified February 15, 2019 at 9:20am

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-the-latest-trump-plans-to-spend-8b-on-border-barriers/

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in El Paso, Texas.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says Trump will tap various other sources of money beyond the nearly $1.4 billion in a government funding bill that Congress passed. Trump is expected to sign the bill.

Besides the money from Congress, Mulvaney said Friday that Trump plans to spend $600 million in Treasury forfeiture funds and $2.5 billion in Defense Department counterdrug money.

Trump is also tapping about $3.6 billion worth of funds set aside for military construction projects.

Mulvaney says Trump is not tapping disaster relief money designated to help Texas and Puerto Rico following recent devastating hurricanes.

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12:45 a.m.

Congress has lopsidedly approved a border security compromise that would avert a second painful government shutdown.

But a new confrontation has been ignited. Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon billions from other federal coffers for a wall on the Mexican boundary is certain to be challenged.

Money in the bill for border barriers, about $1.4 billion, is far below the $5.7 billion Trump insisted he needed and would finance just a quarter of the 200-plus miles he wanted.

The White House said he’d sign the legislation passed Thursday but act unilaterally to get more. That prompted condemnations from Democrats and threats of lawsuits from states and others who might lose federal money or said Trump was abusing his authority.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Today’s Ann Coulter Letter: “Break Ground, Not Promises”


Commentary by Ann Coulter | Posted: Jan 23, 2019 6:45 PM

Break Ground, Not Promises

Source: AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

As days turned to weeks and weeks turned to months and months turned to years, and not 1 inch of the wall was built, the “3-D chess” crowd dwindled.  Sometimes Trump would concede he hadn’t built any part of the wall. Sometimes he would fib and claim it was being built. There’s no way to sugarcoat it: That was a lie.

Drug dealers, drunk drivers, criminals, welfare dependents and low-wage workers driving down American wages continued to flow across our border.  We are now past the midway point of Trump’s first term, maybe his only term. If Trump couldn’t come up with a legislative fix when he controlled both houses of Congress, he’s sure not going to now that he’s lost the House.

We are headed for another failed Republican presidency.

President George H.W. Bush promised, “Read my lips, no new taxes” — then raised taxes. President George W. Bush promised that America would not be “the world’s policeman” — then turned the United States into the world’s policeman.

Whether these promises weren’t kept out of bad faith, incompetence or changed minds is of no consequence. That will be a minor footnote for future historians to debate. All that matters is that it didn’t happen. That’s why Trump got elected.

But he still hasn’t started the wall.

By now, my erstwhile critics are getting the point. But I’m not sure the president is — a few weeks ago, he unfollowed me on Twitter. Trump seems to be mystified about what he needs to do to maintain the support of his most devoted backers. He’s saying the right things, isn’t he? He’s holding press conferences, giving Oval Office addresses and tweeting that he wants a wall.

Here’s what you haven’t done, Mr. President: You haven’t broken ground. You want your supporters back? BREAK GROUND TODAY.

You know those caravans marching north toward our border? They’re not giving speeches about how they’re coming north. They’re not tweeting about how they’re coming north. They’re not giving Oval Office addresses about how they’re coming north.

They’re coming north.

What you need to do today — not after the State of the Union address, not after the next GOP retreat, not after another meeting with the Democrats — is to start rolling construction trucks to the southern border.

When Obama wanted something done, he did it. After spending two years saying he didn’t have constitutional authority to amnesty Dreamers, he issued an executive order amnestying Dreamers.  Obama has a legacy — a terrible legacy, but a legacy nonetheless. We’re still living with that executive order today.

By contrast, Mr. President, you do have constitutional authority to defend the nation’s borders, as you have noted repeatedly. But you’ve chickened out. The only edifice you have built is constructed of tweets, press conferences and speeches.

Ironically, Obama was a man of action. The New York real estate tycoon is just a man of words.

Words don’t stop caravans. No one rushes to a caravan saying — WAIT! STOP! TRUMP IS ABOUT TO TWEET!

Are you sure you want to make a dangerous 700-mile journey through cartel-infested lands when you know that as soon as you get to the U.S. border, there could be a Donald Trump tweet awaiting you?

Obama assumed dictatorial powers, bypassing Congress to issue laws from the Oval Office. You would just be doing your job, Mr. President. BREAK GROUND TODAY.

The most fundamental responsibility of the U.S. president is to protect the nation’s sovereignty. It is not to ensure the safety of the Kurds or the Syrian Christians or Pakistani goat herders, but to ensure the safety and security of the American people. BREAK GROUND TODAY.

The Senate’s latest omnibus spending bill provides “not less than $15,000,000” for border security — in Pakistan. The border security of our own country has become a joke. BREAK GROUND TODAY.

Yesterday people crossed our border who will kill Americans. Today there are people crossing our border who will kill Americans. And tomorrow there will be more people crossing our border who will kill Americans. BREAK GROUND TODAY.
 
It’s great that you met with the Clemson football team, but while you were doing that, people were crossing the border who will kill Americans. BREAK GROUND TODAY.
 
Countless presidents and presidential candidates have vowed to stop illegal immigration. Good intentions, bad intentions — it doesn’t matter. They didn’t keep their promises. BREAK GROUND TODAY.

Fifty years from now, an American family will pile into the car to see the country and, while motoring by the Texas border, will slam on the brakes. Oh look, honey, here’s a historic site! They’ll blow the dust off a small plaque on a garden trellis that will read: “On this site, President Donald Trump built the impregnable southern border wall.”

Stanley, you have to step to the left — you’re blocking the whole thing!

There will be plenty of room in the Trump Presidential Library for the entire border wall, because the library will contain only two books, “The Art of the Deal,” and Trump’s follow-up book, “Never Mind.” BREAK GROUND TODAY.

Emergency powers or no emergency powers, on tomorrow night’s news we want to see helicopters circling the trucks headed to the border. BREAK GROUND TODAY.

They have a caravan; you have a caravan. They’re heading north; you head south. BREAK GROUND TODAY.

Cost: People who don’t like you will continue not to like you. Benefit: Your legacy will be — He kept Americans alive who would otherwise be dead. BREAK GROUND TODAY.

We’ve heard your speeches. We know you understand the crisis, and you know what needs to be done. But none of that will mean anything if you don’t take action — not in a month, not in a week, but today. BREAK GROUND TODAY.

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