Donald Trump was not shy about his plans for the border between the U.S. and Mexico during the 2016 presidential campaign, and that honesty pushed him over the top in terms of voters.
Trump very simply stated that he felt a new wall on the border between the two nations would behoove Americans in a big way. Obviously, the amount of drugs and weapons crossing the border would decrease with more stringent security, putting a damper on the activities of the Mexican drug cartels who prey on American opioid addicts and exploit the nation’s federal prohibition on marijuana.
A border wall would also help to reign in the raging rivers of illegal immigrants pouring into the United States, where they often come to work in jobs and in professions whose accounting practices aren’t always on the up and up. Meaning that, not only are these undocumented citizens not paying taxes correctly, but in many cases, they are not working in a realm of modern fiscal responsibility either. This means that they are doubling down on the tax break by accepting unregulated cash for a wage, and not filing those earnings at the end of the year.
Worse still – these cash jobs can very often lead to injury due to their shoddy safety programs, and our undocumented and injured workforce will be treated at their local hospital or urgent care with no ways, means, or plans to actually pay for those services.
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For these reasons and more, Trump’s border wall, and the return of law and order that it promises, are a must have for many Americans.
Now, as the fight over its funding begins, the Trump administration has dropped some seriously profound numbers into the mix, claiming that they can have the wall built for a fraction of the original estimated price.
“President Donald Trump’s 700-mile border wall would cost just $1.8 billion annually for ten years, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The expected construction cost is only 1 cent for every $20 spent by the federal government.
“The Journal‘s article said the Department of Homeland Security’s unreleased plan had been sent to a group of Senators:
“‘In total, the administration details about $33 billion in desired new border security spending, including funding for technology, personnel and roads. The document refers to this as “critical physical border security requirements.”’
“‘The document, from the Customs and Border Protection agency at the Department of Homeland Security, envisions the border-wall project unfolding over 10 years. If carried out as described, by 2027, about 970 miles of the 2,000-mile southwest border would have some sort of fencing or wall separating the U.S. from Mexico …’
“‘The non-wall requests include $5.7 billion over five years for towers, surveillance equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles and other technology; $1 billion over five years for road construction and maintenance; and $8.5 billion over seven years for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and other personnel.'”
Now what excuse will the democrats find to flummox the President’s followers, who have largely demanded that this wall be built?