Over the last several years , how to handle illegal immigration has been a major bone of contention for, not only President Obama, but President George W. Bush before him and now president-elect Donald Trump after.
Apparently, millions of dollars were allocated for building the wall during the previous Bush administration. The funds have never been applied to it’s specified use, and is still there waiting, to which Trump has stated he would use for that purpose.
Trump’s campaign promise to build up border security including a wall high enough to dissuade border jumpers from risking personal injury climbing over it was very likely one of the major reasons he won the 2016 presidential election.
It is interesting that back in the 2008 presidential election, then candidate, Barack Obama, made a similar promise to his supporters.
From Proud Conservative:
A leaked internal memo from Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign says that fencing at the US-Mexico border could help cut down on illegal immigration.
The memo, which was made public by anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, is dated September 7, 2008 and contains a list of immigration promises and proposals.
One of Obama’s “core goals,” according to the memo: “Preserve the integrity of our borders to reduce illegal immigration.”
“Securing our borders will not solve the illegal immigration problem in isolation, but combined with an earned path to citizenship for the undocumented and new legal alternatives to unauthorized entry, some additional fencing could help get the border under control.”
A section titled “Fencing,” says Obama “Supports physical fencing along border under very specific circumstances, where it makes sense as a matter of security and to act as a deterrent to unsafe undocumented entry.”
“Additional fencing on the border is not a comprehensive solution, but it sometimes helps deter people from taking the risk of entering illegally,” the memo states.
The memo also says that Obama “Believes fencing should be built where necessary and agreed to in coordination with local governments, Indian tribes and done in an environmentally sensitive manner.”
Obama, according the memo, “Supports additional personnel, infrastructure, and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.” Additionally, Obama “Believes we need additional Customs and Border Protection agents with better technology and real-time intelligence.”
We’ve seen how well all that worked out didn’t we?
President Obama all but abandoned trying to secure the borders even to the point of threatening border patrol officers just for doing their jobs and candidate Hillary Clinton promised to have completely open borders!
What a disaster that would have been!
Hopefully, Trump will put an end to border jumping altogether and make sure our borders are safe and secure……we’ll have to wait and see!
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