Written by Retired INS Special Agent Michael Cutler
On July 26, 2019 The Hill reported, Supreme Court rules Trump can use military funds for border wall construction.
This is great news for President Trump and for all Americans. The article went on to quote Chuck Schumer:
Democrats blasted the move Friday night, with Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-Calif.) calling it “a deeply regrettable and nonsensical decision.”
Schumer argued the ruling “flies in the face of the will of Congress and the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our founders established in the Constitution.”
“It’s a sad day when the president is cheering a decision that may allow him to steal funds from our military to pay for an ineffective and expensive wall for which he promised Mexico would foot the bill,” Schumer added in a statement.
It is entirely appropriate to use military funding to construct that essential wall. While much has been made about use of military assets to back up the Border Patrol in reality, the Border Patrol and ICE agents back up our military.
The primary shared mission of all members of America’s armed forces, irrespective of the branch of the military under which they serve, is to keep America’s enemies as far from our shores as possible.
However, when terrorists, enemy combatants, spies and others who act at the behest of our enemies get “up close and in person” with our borders, the job of stopping them falls to the Border Patrol and ICE agents.
Indeed, the 9/11 Commission made it clear that border security is national security.
However, a wall on the dangerous and highly porous U.S./Mexican border will not, by itself, end the immigration crisis that impacts nearly every challenge and threat that confronts America and Americans.
There are many elements to the immigration system and a border wall would just constitute one element of what needs to be an integrated immigration system. I have come to compare a wall on the U.S./Mexican border with a wing on an airplane. An airplane most certainly needs a wing if it is to fly, but a wing by itself would go absolutely nowhere!
The United States is a nation of 50 so-called “border states.” Any state that lies along our northern as well as our southern borders are borders states as are those states that lie along America’s 95,000 miles of coastline. Finally, any state that has an international airport is also a border state.
It has been estimated that nearly half of all illegal aliens in the United States were lawfully admitted through ports of entry and then, in one way or another, went on to violate their terms of admission into the United States. These violation of our immigration laws are not addressed by the U.S. Border Patrol but by the agents of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). There are, however, precious few ICE agents for our entire country. In all there are about 6,000 such agents and, as the term ICE makes clear, they don’t only enforce immigration laws but customs laws and, in fact, other laws as well.
The extreme importance of enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States was the predication for my article, “Ice – As Vitally Important As A Border Wall.”
While Schumer complained in the Hill article about how Mexico won’t pay for the wall, however, in reality, Mexico and other countries whose citizens enter the U.S. illegally across the porous southern border will definitely pay for the wall.
Every year tens of billions of dollars are sent out of the United States as a consequence of the drug trade and money sent home by foreign workers who work illegally in the United States.
On January 3, 2018 CNN Business reported, Mexicans in U.S. send cash home in record numbers. That article reported that: Mexicans sent home $26.1 billion from January to November 2017, according to figures released Tuesday by the central bank of Mexico. That’s the most ever recorded and better than the $24.1 billion sent in 2016 over the same period.
As a consequence much of the money generated by those illegal activities would be greatly reduced.
Just as insulation installed in houses and buildings pays for itself by reducing heating and cooling costs, the wall will insulate America and Americans from drugs, alien criminals, international terrorists and illegal aliens who take Americans’ jobs thereby saving our national economy tens of billions of dollars annually.
That is truly a “win / win!”
It is hypocritical that Schumer would oppose measures to protect our southern border against aliens from trespassing into our country.
As I noted in my article, “Aliens Trespassing: Sen. Schumer, his congressional cohorts, and leftist hypocrisy”-
On October 13, 2014 Schumer posted a press release on his official website that disclosed that because of the threat of terrorism, he had proposed legislation that would make trespassing on critical infrastructure and/or landmarks a federal crime with a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Today the very same Schumer and his Democrat cohorts, however, seek to terminate immigration law enforcement and reward millions of illegal aliens who have trespassed on America with a pathway to U.S. citizenship even though there would be no way to accurately vet them.
On March 10, 2005 I testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims on the topic, Interior Immigration Enforcement Resources. I began my testimony back then with the same sentence that will serve as the conclusion for my commentary today: