The Trump Wall Takes Shape

I always figured the Trump Wall would be built in this way:

“House Republicans and Donald Trump’s team are coalescing around a multi-billion dollar plan to make good on the president-elect’s campaign vows to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, according to top Republican lawmakers and aides.

Republican leaders, in tandem with Trump’s transition staff, are considering using a 2006 law signed by former President George W. Bush that authorized the construction of 700 miles-plus of “physical barrier” on the southern border. The law was never fully implemented and did not include a sunset provision, allowing Trump to pick up where Bush left off — with the help of new money from Congress. …

Multiple Republican sources said the House will also likely pass a border-security package sometime later in the spring or summer. The plan could meld new provisions to older bills passed by the House and the Homeland Security Committee in 2014 and 2015, respectively. ..”

This is great news.

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was a token gesture passed by the Republican Congress, shortly before it was wiped out in the first Democratic wave, during one of W.’s failed pushes for comprehensive immigration reform. There should be enough leeway in the broad language of the law to start construction of the Trump Wall. The only obstacle is getting the funding for it past Democratic opposition in Congress.

During the campaign, Trump said that Mexico would pay for the wall. No one will care though so long as the damn wall actually gets built this time. If the Republican Congress funds the Trump Wall and follows up with a strong immigration package later in the spring or the summer, it will earn them a lot of good will.

Don’t screw with us on immigration. Let the demise of the Republican Congress in 2006 be a warning of what happens when you go there.

Note: In related news, there are rumors that Kris Kobach was Trump’s first choice for DHS Secretary, but John McCain and Lindsey Graham blocked his nomination. Kobach could also still be in the running for the new position of Immigration Czar, but there are reports in the Kansas City Star that “some aides are lobbying Trump to steer clear of Kobach and to take a more moderate stance on immigration.”

13 Comments

  1. Sometimes I think concentrating on the illegal is a deliberate distraction to keep us from noticing how much more damage the legal kind has done. We have to make clear that all of it is integral to White Genocide.

  2. I read a couple of months ago, back when Hillary and Obama were calling Trump all of the usual names for wanting to build a wall, that both of them voted FOR the Secure Fence Act of 2006 when they were senators.

  3. @HW: I saw your tweet on REINS, and I want to weigh in.

    I suggest one way to look at this REINS move is that it’s an attempt by Ryan and the Chamber of Commerce GOP to weaken Trump’s powers, constrain his options and remove another barrier toward pushing a donor class agenda. REINS looks like one of those bullshit laws that the GOP has kept in the file cabinet for years waiting for an opportunity to implement it.

    Yes, the Obama administration abused its executive authority. But, so what? Obama is gone, and the Trump administration will be soon assuming those powers. Why weaken the powers of the executive branch just as Trump is taking them over? How does REINS help the Trump administration advance a populist agenda? It doesn’t in any way. If anything, it limits the administration’s options.

    Trump can reverse any bad decisions by the Obama admin on a case-by-case basis using executive orders, administrative decrees and guidelines via the agencies.

    So, the problem from a rightist vantage point imo isn’t executive authority but how Obama used it. A major cuckservative and TruCon meme is the retarded meme “limited government,” which, as you know, is just window dressing for the gullible rubes who don’t realize what the GOP means by “limited government” is removing barriers to the donor class agenda.

    The problem with all federal institutions isn’t the institutions themselves but who runs things. Like Sam Francis pointed out years ago, following James Burnham’s ideas on the managerial state, rightists ought to support, if you will, “Big Government,” and using the massive powers of the federal government for rightist purposes.

    So I guess what I’m trying to say here is that if the alt right is going to have a position on REINS, it should be to oppose what the GOP Congress’s position on the grounds that it restricts the Trump administration’s options and that the alt right rejects cuckservative views on “limited government” anyway.

    I also think the “limited government” meme needs to go into the list of cuckservative memes to be mocked the way people already mock Constitution fetishism (at least we have the Constituition, etc.).

  4. The Supreme Cour f**ked us on that thirty-five years ago:

    Plyler v. Doe

    This insane decision required states to provide free public education to the children of invaders. This ruling would have to be overturned.

  5. In this case it hasn’t been a waste of time. They voted for a wall and are getting one. Next time they might vote for the end of forced integration.

  6. The definition of treason doesn’t change regardless of how many people vote for it/participate in it. It just goes to show how ignorant the population is.

  7. Ted Kennedy was very instrumental in setting up that insane invasion. I wonder if his brain tumor was already screwing up his thinking back then OR was he just a crazed lunatic OR did the assassinations of his bros drive him into insanity?

  8. I’m talking about Congressional action. SCOTUS rarely rules against the Feds. The “conservatives” on the court even saved Obamacare.

  9. Not the illegal invasion, just the legal one. And Kennedy gets too much credit (blame) for that. It was the Hart-Celler bill that opened up the (legal) immigration spigot. Kennedy was its’ sponsor in the Senate, but the real impetus of that act was the lifelong effort of Emmanuel Celler.

  10. If Congress would act, that would help. However, in the past, even with Republican majorities, they seldom did. It has mostly been state governments that took the lead in opposing illegal immigration. And now there are court precedents to prevent governments from providing “services” to illegal aliens. It’s a mess.

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