President Trump may have to make a deal with Democrats who are now threatening a government shutdown on October 1, if he doesn’t give up his oft-said campaign promise to build the border wall against Mexico.
To that end, Trump’s deputies are offering Democrats political compromises, including a rise in domestic spending, according to Politico:
“The White House is pushing a deal on Capitol Hill to head off a government shutdown that would lift strict spending caps long opposed by Democrats in exchange for money for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico, multiple sources said.
“Marc Short, the White House’s director of legislative affairs, met with top staffers from both parties on the Senate Appropriations Committee last week to make a hard sell for the proposal, the sources said.
“Short — who said the border funding would be used for a “double fence” — stressed that the White House is insisting on a down payment for construction this fall. Short also lobbied for a big budget increase for the Pentagon, another priority for Trump.”
As has been the case in the past with government shutdowns, if Democrats block the spending plan, many government agencies will have to close, however, national security agencies and various aid programs, such as the Social Security program, would keep operating.
Trump’s pending request for an October funding package of $1.6 billion would help build roughly 62 miles of border wall. In May, Democrats were able to block a 2017 funding package that would have helped quickly build 42 miles of wall, thanks to a passive GOP.
Sen. Chuck Schumer is leading Democrats in their efforts to block any wall construction, so that they can effectively keep government-dependent workers flowing into Democratic-run cities. Stopping the wall would also mean breaking Trump’s 2016 primary campaign promise.
According to Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), “I do know for a fact that every [Democrat] considers wall funding to be a poison pill,” she told Politico.
However, a recent poll shows that Trump’s immigration reform gets overwhelming support in Baldwin’s home state of Wisconsin, and she is up for reelection in 2018. The June poll of 1,000 likely midterm voters was conducted for NumbersUSA, which favors Trump’s merit immigration reform. For example, the poll asked:
“Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose setting up rules to ensure that businesses give first preference for jobs to American workers and legal immigrants already in this country before businesses can ask for new immigrant workers?”
The proposal won 53 percent strong support, and only 6 percent strong opposition, said NumbersUSA.
The NumbersUSA group also surveyed voters in Montana, where Democratic Sen. Jon Tester must also face voters in 2018. He suggested to Politico that he could support Trump’s double-layer fence, saying, “There are places where the wall makes sense, and there are places where the wall doesn’t make sense and there are better options … I’ll just take a look at it and see.”
Eight additional Democratic Senators are up for election in 2018 in states where Trump won.
In 2014, Schumer and Democrats lost 10 Senate seats after trying to push through the so-called “Gang of Eight” cheap-labor and amnesty bill.
Prior to the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, the federal government was “importing” one million legal immigrants annually into the United States, just as 4 million young Americans turn 18.
The federal government also awards roughly 1.5 million temporary work permits to foreigners, grants temporary work visas to roughly 500,000 new contract workers, such as H-1B workers, and also largely ignores the resident population of a purported eight million employed illegal immigrants.
“The current annual flood of foreign labor spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families,” according to Breitbart.
DID YOU KNOW…
On October 26, 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006(Pub.L. 109–367) into law stating, “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.”
The bill was introduced on September 13, 2006 by Congressman Peter T. King, Republican of New York. In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283–138 on September 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006 – the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80–19.
The fencing built under the 2006 act was not the first border fencing in the United States. The U.S. Border Patrol first began to erect physical barriers in its San Diego sector in 1990. Fourteen miles of fencing were erected along the border of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico.
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