that's so funny. If you actually read that article, you'll see that the WaPo confirms that there is a crisis at the border, which you missed in your haste. The WaPo calls the situation at the border "a bona fide emergency."This is so funny. In your haste to come up with a counterpunch you cite a WaPo story, reprinted in the LMT. I'll leave it at quoting the lead-in:
"In 2015, the year President Donald Trump launched his White House bid with a promise to build a wall on the Mexico border, illegal migration to the United States plunged 31 percent, falling near its lowest level in 50 years. Security experts saw a success, but Trump looked at the border and saw something ominous: "rapists," "criminals" and other predators lurking on the other side. In 2017, Trump's first year in office, he continued to insist on the urgent need for a border wall, even as illegal crossings dropped further."
With parts of the federal government shut down over what has morphed into the defining symbol of Trump’s presidency, administration officials are clamoring louder than ever. Only this time, they face a bona fide emergency on the border, and they’re struggling to make the case there’s truly a problem.
Record numbers of migrant families are streaming into the United States, overwhelming border agents and leaving holding cells dangerously overcrowded with children, many of whom are falling sick. Two Guatemalan children taken into U.S. custody died in December.
I thought the rates of immigration from MX were lower - around the same as 2000. Also there are less male refugees, now many of them are women and children. Why is this now an emergency when before it wasn't? What has changed in the US?I suspect that the WaPo was referring to the shear volume of illegals when they said that there is "a bona fide emergency." at the border.
Presidents don’t appropriate money to do stuff. That is the job of the democratically elected congress. And neither the previous GOP dominated nor the current balanced congress have the slightest inclination to appropriate money for the wall.I don't want to give Trump any more credit than he deserves. However he was elected in democratically and he always said that he was going to build a wall.
However unseemly and morally questionable it is (let along practical - has he not heard of the tunnels in Calif?) - he was elected and hence isn't he doing his best to execute on his manifesto (as stupid as it is?).
The whole veto thing reminds me of another classical case of Tiberius Gracchus when he vetoed everything to get his way. That didn't end up too well with him, like the other guy I posted about earlier.
In March 2018, Congress appropriated $1.6 billion out of a $1.3 trillion spending bill towards the border barrier, characterized by Trump as a "down payment" that would be spent "building not only some new wall,... but also fixing existing walls".
when the prototypes were unveiled, there were a number of specifications including "Wall designs must also be able to prevent tunneling from below for at least 6 feet"(let along practical - has he not heard of the tunnels in Calif?)