The Department of Homeland Security has been asked by Team Trump to give them information related to border security and “barrier construction.”
Team Trump is on the move, getting ready to fulfill a major campaign promise. Reuters reports,
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.
The team also asked about the department’s capacity for expanding immigrant detention and about an aerial surveillance program that was scaled back by the Obama administration but remains popular with immigration hardliners. And it asked whether federal workers have altered biographic information kept by the department about immigrants out of concern for their civil liberties.
The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump’s transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials, according to an internal agency memo reviewed by Reuters. The document offers a glimpse into the president-elect’s strategy for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration.
Trump’s transition team did not comment in response to Reuters inquiries. A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment.
In response to the transition team request, U.S. Customs and Border Protection staffers identified more than 400 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border, and about the same distance along the U.S.-Canada border, where new fencing could be erected, according to a document seen by Reuters.
This story shows us that Team Trump is engaged in doing what Donald Trump promised over and over when he campaigned. They are getting set to “build a wall” or at least secure the border.
The story also hints that the federal bureaucrats may put up resistance. The fact that Team Trump had to inquire if biographical information was altered to avoid the possibility of deportation shows that they are worried that government workers might try to obstruct them.
Another issue of concern is whether Congressional Republicans will obstruct Trump on immigration. According to Bloomberg Politics,
The two men see eye to eye on repealing Obamacare as the first order of business, but don’t agree yet on the details of how to replace it. Other early flashpoints are likely to be Trump’s insistence on a $1 trillion infrastructure plan and a wall along the Mexican border — both of which could balloon the deficit, anathema to a spending hawk like Ryan.
“This speaker is not a potted plant, and he has strong opinions on matters of policy,” said Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, a Ryan ally and co-leader of a group of House moderates. He said Ryan will work with the Trump administration, “but I just don’t see the speaker rolling over on every policy.”
Is Ryan really going to use the budget as an excuse for continuing Barack Obama’s non-enforcement of immigration law? I hope he knows better than that. Border Security is a real duty of the Federal Government. Ryan should cut spending elsewhere rather than oppose real solutions to illegal immigration!