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The Rushmore Report – Will a Wall Really Matter? Border Commissioner Answers

Candidate Donald Trump ran for president on the promise of building a “beautiful world-class wall” on our southern border. Now, his border demands are mired in uncertain legislation, budgeting, and endless debate. Here’s the critical question: Would a wall really matter? Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner answers that question – with clarity and certainty.

Yes, it will matter – a lot, Vitiello contends.

The acting commissioner met with national media members last week. He declared that the simple truth is that “walls work and the data shows it.” Then he raised his primary concern – lack of funding.

Vitiello called for a “balanced investment in physical infrastructure, access, patrol roads, and technology, as well as personnel to support critical border security missions.”

He added, “A border wall system is a comprehensive solution that provides a wall, lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related technology, and all-weather roads to impede and deny illegal cross-border activity.”

The U.S. government recently allotted $1.6 billion for border wall construction security. On that note, Vitiello said, “We appreciate this down payment, but it does not fully fund our needs in the most critical locations.”

For perspective, Vitiello said “$25 billion would be enough to replace or upgrade existing fencing and add about 300 miles of new pedestrian barrier. Vehicle barriers account for 300 miles of current fencing. The rest is higher and intended to keep out individuals,” reported the Dallas News.

There are currently 654 miles of fencing on the southern border, but that number is not even close to enough to secure the 1,954-mile border. According to Customs and Border Protection, “when fully funded, about 1,000 of the nearly 2,000-mile U.S./Mexican border with have a border wall and other critical infrastructure.”

Vitiello said, “We’re on track to replace 20 miles of a primary vehicle barrier in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Ground breaking is scheduled for early April. But we need much more. Anyone who says otherwise is informed by their politics rather than the facts.”

The Rushmore Report: Democrats Who Were for the Border Wall – Until Trump Was for It

Today’s Democratic Party screams “Racism!” at the mere mention of a border wall. They ignore a few poignant points. First, dozens of countries around the world have border walls; this isn’t something new. Second, many prominent Democrats were for the border wall – until the unthinkable happened. Donald Trump was elected President. If he is for something, by definition, the Democratic Party is against it.

In 2006, several Democrats supported the wall, including a certain Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama. A leaked internal memo from his 2008 presidential campaign confirmed his support for fencing, in order to cut down on illegal immigration.

One of Obama’s “core goals,” according to the memo: “Preserve the integrity of our borders to reduce illegal immigration.”

Obama’s position was confirmed in the following words: “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 the border under very specific  circumstances, where it makes sense as a matter of security and to act as a deterrent to unsafe undocumented entry.”

So, judged by today’s Democratic definition, Mr. Obama was a racist. (They are clear – anyone who supported border security is racist.)

The Washington Free Beacon has found clips of other Democratic leaders who were for the border wall – until they were against it. These include Hillary Clinton, former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

So, playing politics with border security is in the Democrats’ playbook. They were for border security until they found out President Trump was for it – so now, naturally, they are against it.