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Border security without a wall is like a burger without a bun

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Border security without a wall is like a burger without a bun

There are those who are cutting down on carbs that like their hamburgers wrapped in lettuce or something. For the vast majority of meat-eating, burger-loving Americans, we like the bun. It holds everything in place. In and of itself, it doesn’t do the job, but as the framework that encompasses the patty, fixin’s, and condiments, it’s invaluable for making a burger… a burger.

The same can be said about border security. The wall is the bun. It determines the placement of all other elements of border security. Trying to secure the borders in areas without a wall is much more difficult than in places where there is a real barrier to entry. We heard today from a border patrol agent in McAllen, TX, that the area in their sector without a barrier sees over 90% of illegal traffic.

McAllen border patrol agent confirms the President’s fears on live TV

http://noqreport.com/2019/01/10/mcallen-border-patrol-agent-confirms-presidents-fears-live-tv/“Part of our area is covered with some fencing on our east side. That accounts for about 6% of our traffic. Where we have no fencing, over 90% of our traffic occurs in those areas.”

While politicians play politics over our border security, it’s the men and women on the ground who really know what’s happening. More importantly, they know what’s needed to fix the problem: technology, resources, and a wall.

Once you add in technological solutions like drones, LiDAR, and ground sensors, you have the ability to cover a much greater area than what was possible just a few years ago. These are the fixins’, the components that enhance the burger with proper texture, tang, and crunch.

Of course, no burger is complete without the sauce, and the immigration system itself should be a major component of security. We do this by improving the process itself. One of the reasons so many try to cross the border and get apprehended is they’ve heard stories about how they can be allowed to stay in America for extended periods of time if they can only come in and claim asylum. While they wait for their hearing, they’re free to move about the country.

A border wall helps to change that perspective. It changes the narrative by adding a step. Instead of “get to America and claim asylum,” it becomes, “get to the border, get over or under the wall, then get caught and claim asylum.” Few walls are actually difficult to breach. But they represent a psychological deterrent to even trying. Most people who want to get to the other side of a wall can find the means to do so. But fewer people will attempt to come to the border in the first place if they know the wall is there.

Of course, no hamburger is complete without the meat. This is where the real power of border security comes from and where our investment should be greatest. The men and women who keep our borders secure are by far the most important component of border security. They’re the meat that makes the magic happen.

But even the patty needs the bun in order to be a real burger. The wall will give border patrol agents many advantages. It allows choke points through which they can focus their efforts. It gives them time to locate and apprehend those who have nefarious reasons for crossing the border, especially when the wall is working with the technological fixins’ that give border patrol agents broader vision.

Without the wall, every component of border patrol must work harder to yield similar results. You can’t have true border security until you have barriers in place as the basic deterrent, funneling mechanism, and obstacle to illegal immigrants and traffickers.

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Pirro: Democrats putting politics over people

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Pirro Democrats putting politics over people

Following President Trump’s speech to America with his compromise offer to Democrats to secure the border and end the government shutdown, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro was in rare form as she went after Democrats for instantly rejecting the proposal. Her biggest target was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

The President has requested funds in order to build a small portion of the border wall, render humanitarian assistance, improve drug detection technology, and hire 2,750 additional border patrol agents and 75 immigration judge teams. In exchange, he’s offering three years of extended protection for DACA recipients and those with Temporary Protected Status.

Here was her response:

My Take

There are many conservatives who are against the proposal. Under normal circumstances, I would be as well. But we’re approaching a full month of the government shutdown. Enough is enough.


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Will Democrats abandon Dreamers over the political ploy of the border wall?

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Will Democrats abandon Dreamers over the political ploy of the border wall

The ball is back in the Democrats’ court. Some may say it’s been there the whole time. I do. Unfortunately, most Americans have bought into the leftist media narrative that the President is forcing the government shutdown to continue by not negotiating despite clear evidence to the contrary.

Nevertheless, the President has decided to make his compromise public. He took to national television to offer three years worth of protection to Dreamers.

Trump’s immigration offer brings polarized reactions from Dems and GOP

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trumps-immigration-offer-brings-polarized-reactions-from-dems-and-gopPresident Trump’s immigration compromise package to end the partial government shutdown drew sharp reactions from Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike.

In a televised White House address Saturday, Trump offered Democrats a three-year extension of protections for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, in exchange for the $5.7 billion to fund a barrier along the southern border with Mexico.

The Democrats’ responses were predictable. They don’t want any deal that includes the border wall because they realize if they can keep the wall from going forward, it harms the President’s chances for reelection in 2020.

Period.

This has never been about helping immigrants. Democrats are willing to harm both Dreamers and 800,000 Americans hurt by the shutdown in order to make the President look bad for 2020. They’re a disgrace to our nation’s government. Build the wall.


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No national emergency declaration: Trump’s “major announcement” will be an offer Democrats can’t refuse

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No national emergency declaration Trumps major announcement will be an offer Democrats cant refuse

This may be the best news I’ve heard all day (yes, even better than learning the Buzzfeed story was debunked, though that was pretty awesome as well). According to multiple outlets, the President will NOT be declaring a national emergency to fund the border wall and end the government shutdown. Instead he will be making Democrats an offer on live television to get the wall funded while dangling an incentive that he hopes will push Democrats to the negotiating table.

I’ll admit up front that I didn’t see this coming. I even went so far as to scold the President prematurely for declaring a national emergency, which apparently he is not. As I’ve always said, I will praise him when he does well and criticize him when he does poorly. Unless this report is wrong, I’ll happily praise him… unless his offer is too much.

What might be offered? Perhaps the DACA fix he didn’t want to do when Senator Chuck Schumer shut down the government last year. Maybe he’ll throw them a curve ball and offer some sort of boost to environmental efforts. Perhaps it’ll be adding more humanitarian aid to his border security package, greatly increasing the size and manpower of facilities that hold and process illegal immigrants and migrant seekers.

If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on a DACA fix. Then again, I would have also put my money on him declaring a national emergency, and it seems I would have lost that bet.

Whatever the offer is, it’ll need to be something that will make the Democrats look poorly to Independents and moderate Democrats if they don’t take it while not being so much that his base will feel betrayed by the offer.

Assuming this pans out as expected, I owe the President an apology for assuming the worst. Instead of the worst, this may be the best case scenario and as long as he’s not giving up too much, may also be the best move of his presidency.


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