The Wall Tantrum and Everything Else You Need to Know About the Border

It wasn’t a good look for the Commander in Chief – especially not in front of a room packed with media. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Chuck Schumer witnessed an explosive President Donald Trump’s latest ultimatum over funding a wall between the United States and Mexico. And by explosive, well, that means extremely unpresidential.

“The stunning public spat, during which Schumer accused the president of throwing a “temper tantrum,” ended with no resolution and appeared to increase the chances of a partial government shutdown at the end of next week, just before Christmas,” the Washington Post reports. “The three leaders pointed fingers, raised their voices and interrupted each other repeatedly as they fought over policy and politics, laying bare their differences for all to see.”

If there were any doubts the President would follow through on his threat to shutdown the federal government if he doesn’t receive the full funding he wants for his vanity project, those were dispelled by the end of the argument, when President Trump glibly announced it would be worth a shutdown to keep the country “secure” from the apparently dire threat of migrants seeking amnesty. “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” Trump declared, according to the Post. “Because the people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into this country. So I will take the mantel, I will be the one to shut it down. I won’t blame you for it.”

A closer look at what is really happening at the border refutes the racist and xenophobic stereotypes the Trump administration is propagating. Instead, we continue to see a crisis at the border primarily caused by desperation of migrants and a heavy-handed response from the U.S. border patrol. Currently the border patrol – aided by U.S. military – continue to block those seeking asylum in the United States, fleeing hardship in their home countries. And finding sponsors for those who do try to enter is becoming increasingly difficult as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have been revealed to be arresting those potential sponsors.

According to CNN, “US Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 170 potential sponsors of unaccompanied minors who were in government custody from late July to late November, according to numbers released on Monday. Of those arrested, 109 — about 64% — had no criminal record but were suspected of being in the US unlawfully, and 61 — about 36% — were classified as ‘criminal aliens,’ according to ICE.”

With the family members of potential immigrants afraid to sponsor their own families due to fear of arrest and deportation, the ability to actually enter the U.S. through legal channels is growing more slim, and families are looking less likely to be able to stay together. While protesters are challenging the unjust and inhumane tactics of the U.S. government, border patrol has turned to arresting them as well.  Nearly three dozen protesters were arrested in a mass, 300-person protest organized by the Quakers at the border near Tijuana, Mexico. The protesters called for justice for immigrants seeking asylum, and the end of funding for border patrol and ICE.

It may seem like a far cry to demand that ICE and the Border Patrol be defunded while the President is pushing for $5 billion for a new wall (and Democrats already agreed to $1.6 billion of that). But pulling the funds from the GOP’s misguided war on immigration isn’t just the right thing to do from a human rights perspective – it makes fiscal sense, too. Not only are these entities unafforable considering the massive debt the country faces, it turns out that the funding being used for border patrols to begin with is being completely wasted.

According to Business Insider, a new report from a watchdog group has shown that the Trump administration has paid over $13 million in the last year to a firm that was tapped to recruit and higher more border patrol agents. So far, of the 7500 total agents that the firm Accenture pledged to recruit in over a five year period, the firm has only managed to successfully sign two. The five year contract was signed to give Accenture nearly $300 million for this endeavor – a project that Business Insider says those familiar with ICE and border patrol hiring said was completely unrealistic.

Our country’s treatment of asylum seekers is inhumane, and it has already wasted hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars, as well. And now the President not only wants this to continue, he wants billions for a wall as a monument to his own xenophobia. Meanwhile, rather than saying absolutely not, our Democratic leaders have agreed to a $1.6 billion “comprise” of funding for rightwing battle to keep immigrants out of America.

There should be absolutely no wall funding in the next budget – and if the President chooses to shut down the government over that, it should be on his head. Democrats already compromised far more than they rightfully should.

Photo credit: Phil Roeder, via Flickr cc

48 comments

Mary B
Mary B2 months ago

PAUL B border enforcement is a different issue. This is about BUILDING A STUPID WALL !

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Dr. Jan Hill
Dr. Jan H3 months ago

thanks

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Leo C
Leo C3 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Pam Bruce
Pam Bruce3 months ago

When a child throws a temper tantrum they usually get sent to their room. This so called leaded is acting like a former Russian leader who once pounded the desk with his shoe. He doesn't deserve to be in office. Cut him loose.

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Roberta G
Roberta G3 months ago

Loved Nancy Pelosi's comment about trump's so-called
manhood"!

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Paul B
Paul B3 months ago

Why have Dems shifted gears on border enforcement. EVERY leading Dem supported border enforcement, including Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, Schumer, Reid, every one of them. But now they are against it. Why is that?

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Paul B
Paul B3 months ago

The cost to taxpayers for assistance to these illegal immigrants/refugees(loosely defined as most are just seeking better wages and benefits) is way more than the cost to build the wall. It has been shown that poor immigrants are over 60% receiving federal aid, so including education, and other social benefits offered to these people with an annual cost in the billions, yes even after the taxes they pay, plus many send their wages out of the country so their benefit is even further reduced for citizens.
Open borders can NOT be allowed as long as we have a welfare state that must pay for them.

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Maria P
Maria P3 months ago

thank you

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hELEN h
hELEN h3 months ago

tyfs

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Debbi W
Debbi W3 months ago

He's only fooling his cult and maybe Fox News viewers. That idiotic wall is only for his ego and vanity -Nothing else. He just keep repeating his lies about our security on the border know if he says it enough his cult will believe him. They never question anything he says or does.

Maybe by the end of next week he'll think of something else to rant about.

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