Wall Of Voodoo

If you think the Trump administration has folded up their tents and started heading for greener pastures, you would be severely mistaken. Take Customs and Border Protection, for example…

Contractors hired by the Department of Homeland Security have built 426 miles of the border wall and are working around the clock to hit their target of 450 miles by January 1, according to supporters and critics of the barrier.

Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of President Donald Trump’s Customs and Border Protection agency, announced the programs in a tweet, which also spotlights the political and financial cost of President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to block construction of more border wall.

I mean, it’s entirely possible Illegitimate President Joe Biden will take down the wall on January 20th, but I have to give credit to Mark Morgan for working up until the final minute of President Trump’s term.

If You Build It, They Won’t Come

Believe it or not, there is some good news coming out of the Wuhan Virus pandemic. While the rest of the country is shutting down, the construction of the southern border wall continues.

The federal government has constructed more than 40 miles of wall along the southern border with Mexico since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States.

More than half of the additional wall and fencing have been constructed since early February. The first confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus was reported on Jan. 20.

“Today is not the time to play politics with the lives of U.S. Citizens,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the newspaper. “Walls have proven to stop illegal entries into the United States, therefore they are an essential law enforcement resource which will undoubtedly help in reducing the spread of COVID-19.”

Federal immigration authorities said they have completed 142 miles of new wall with more than 400 still in the preconstruction phase, and it is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

So, while the Democrats are preoccupied with Orange Man Bad, the Trump administration is walling us off from Mexico.

Just Another Brick In The Wall

The Trump administration just made it much easier to build the southern border wall. In short, the government is getting out of the way.

The Trump administration is waiving federal contracting laws to hasten the time it takes to build border walls between the U.S. and Mexico.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that it is waiving 10 laws pertaining to procurement regulations, including requirements for open competition, the justification of selections and accepting all bonding from a contractor prior to construction, according to The Associated Press. The move will allow the administration to build 177 miles of new wall more expeditiously in New Mexico, California and Texas.

But wait, there’s more!

The waivers will pave the way for 94 walls to be built before the end of this year, allowing the Trump administration to tout that much more completed wall in the run-up to the November elections. The remaining 83 miles will eventually be completed, but it’s not certain if construction will finish by this year.

This will be a big boost for our southern states, as border crossings are down for the eighth straight month. Nope, I’m still not tired of all the winning.

A Glimmer Of Hope?

While I have been fooled more times than I care to admit, this article gives me a glimmer of hope for our southern border. Of course, I expect this story will also disappoint me, but I figured it was at least newsworthy. Construction has begun on 400-500 miles of border fence near Yuma, Arizona.

South of Yuma, Arizona, the tall brown bollards rising against a cloudless desert sky will replace much shorter barriers that are meant to keep out cars, but not people.

This 5-mile section of fencing is where President Trump’s most salient campaign promise — to build a wall along the entire southern border — is taking shape.

The president and his administration said this week that they plan on building between 450 and 500 miles (724 and 806 kilometers) of fencing along the nearly 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) border by the end of 2020, an ambitious undertaking funded by billions of defense dollars that had been earmarked for things like military base schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities.

I believe the president sorely wants this wall completed – especially before the 2020 election – but the swamp creatures and the RINOs will try to stop him at every turn. Nonsense like this is how red states like Arizona, Utah, and Texas will eventually turn blue.

Live By The Judge, Die By The Judge

Nancy Pelosi and her fellow leftists were dealt a severe blow yesterday after a U.S. District judge dismissed their attempt to block reallocated funding for the border wall.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden said the House of Representatives does not have standing to bring the challenge, calling it a political fight between two branches.

“While the Constitution bestows upon members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the executive branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress’s legislative authority,” McFadden’s decision reads.

Though courts have allowed legislatures to bring cases alleging an institutional injury before, McFadden said those few instances involved episodes in which legislative power was effectively nullified. The judge said precedent, historical practice, and current conditions show Congress has many tools to block whatever steps the administration takes to reprogram money for the border wall.

The irony here is the Democrats have used judges to effect electoral change for decades. They cannot win at the ballot box on issues – obviously – so they force judges to succumb to their will. I don’t suspect this constitutional decision will turn the tide against Pelosi and her ilk, but it’s a good start.

The GOPe Sold Us Out Again

Our betters in Congress are diligently working on screwing conservatives a border deal so they can avoid another government shutdown.

The committee tasked with negotiating the deal in order to avoid a second partial government shutdown announced that they had reached an “agreement in principle” Monday evening. The deal reportedly includes $1.375 billion for a physical border barrier (not including a concrete wall) and limits overall detention beds maintained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

So this awesome “bipartisan” deal gives the president $4 billion less than he asked, and the GOP establishment is crowing about what fantastic dealmakers they are? The dirtiest word is politics is “bipartisan,” because bipartisan deals rarely benefit the GOP.

Conservatives in Congress are already blasting the deal, noting that it falls well short of President Donald Trump’s requested $5.7 billion in funding for a physical barrier.

The cap on detention beds is also a sticking point for immigration hardliners, as ICE needs funding for beds in order to detain illegal border crossers while they undergo immigration proceedings. GOP aides familiar with the deal told The Washington Post that ICE would have enough funding to maintain current detention levels and to add more beds if needed.

The Democrats demanded the cap on beds because when all the beds are filled, the rest of the detained illegals are released into the wild. It’s win-win for them, and as always, the GOPe folded faster than Superman on laundry day.

One more thing, the Daily Caller is usually a great, accurate site, but my god, the author of this piece continually calls Reps. Jordan and Meadows “hardliners.” No sweetie, they’re conservatives. Just because there is a lack of them in the GOP doesn’t make them hardliners. Now go make me a sammich.

I sincerely hope the president doesn’t sign this piece of garbage, but I’m hearing he may. It would be a dreadful mistake.

BONUS: From Ace of Spades HQ, the former speechwriter for President Trump visited the southern border. You’re not going to like what he found.

Pelosi 2.0: Still No Money For A Wall

Last week, when President Trump decided to reopen the government, I didn’t post about it. I made the decision because I thought it was a stupid move, and I was honestly too angry to post coherently. The president caved, and the Democrats became emboldened.

To wit:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that wall funding will not be part of ongoing congressional negotiations over border security funding in a Thursday morning press conference.

“There will not be any wall money in the legislation,” Pelosi flatly declared Thursday morning, in a major rebuke of President Donald Trump’s strategy to try and obtain border wall funding through congressional negotiations.

Trump partially shut down the U.S. government for nearly three weeks in order to force Pelosi and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to come up with a funding agreement for a southern border wall. Democrats, however, remained united in their demand they would only offer Trump $1.6 billion in border security funding, despite his request for $5.7 billion, which could not be used for the wall.

The president’s only recourse now is to shut down the government and leave it closed until the Democrats release the entire $5.7 billion. The national emergency plan is a pipe dream, because if the president takes that route, it’ll be held up in the courts until the end of his presidency.

Shut it down, and keep it down until the border wall is funded. Period. Full stop.

THE GOOD NEWS: Virginia Governor and Infanticide Purveyor Ralph Northam is being called on – by fellow Democrats – to resign after photos surfaces of him wearing blackface and a KKK uniform. Bill and Susan Kristol hardest hit.

Yet Another Brick In The Wall

Barack Obama’s Border Patrol chief went against his former employer by maintaining border walls not only work, but work rather well.

The former Border Patrol Chief under former President Barack Obama revealed that he supports President Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall along the southern border, in a Monday night interview with Tucker Carlson. Mark Morgan was asked to step down from his position in January 2017.

When asked if walls work, Morgan stated, “Yes. They absolutely work. If you look in the past, that bipartisan legislation Secure Fence Act in 2006 and 2012, bipartisan legislation passed where they built the wall or fence or physical barrier, whatever you want to call it, it’s a wall. It works.”

“The president is right, the president of [National] Border Control Council is right. The other day when they had the national press conference and they got up and they said, ‘The wall works,’ they are right, and it’s not based on a personal, political ideology. That’s based on historical data and facts that can be proven.”

Morgan went on to say he believes the Democrat opposition to the wall is a political ploy. Duh, ya think? Tonight’s address by the president is a good move, because while 62% of Americans favor border security, he needs to make the case to those who – inexplicably – do not support the measures.

Pelosi, Schumer Beclown Themselves

If conservatives had any doubt about why they voted for Donald Trump in 2016, yesterday’s borer debacle should have eased your mind.

Schumer and Pelosi visited The White House on Tuesday to negotiate with Trump over border wall funding in the next spending bill. The pair offered Trump approximately 1.3 billion dollars in funding for the wall, while the president demanded 5 billion dollars. The impasse could lead to a partial government shutdown.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” he continued. “People in this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I won’t blame you for it. The last time, you shut it down. It didn’t work.”

The best part of the argument was hearing Pelosi and Schumer demand to debate in private, while the president kept insisting to discuss it in the open.

The president has a few options here, including one which fascinated me; having the military build the wall. He can also divert allocated funds from other projects. Either way, the Democrats’ policy of obstruction will not go unpunished by this president, and it’s a glorious thing to behold.

Another Klick In The Wall

The new, updated border wall is being built in California this week, finally giving people a reason to visit San Diego.

A section of border wall that features an “anti-climbing plate” will replace about 14 miles of improvised border fencing created from scrap metal. The section of the wall will begin about a half-mile from the Pacific Ocean, Fox reports, and will stand between 18-30 feet tall.

Customs and Border Protection’s acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello added to the news station that Friday’s launch of construction efforts represents an “important milestone” in Trump’s plan to secure the U.S.’s border with Mexico.

“Under this President’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border,” Vitiello said.

Let’s just remember the “true conservatives” in the Republican Party and the GOP Establishment media were dragged kicking and screaming to this point. The credit for this construction goes almost solely to President Trump; the first president to give a crap about border security since Ronald Reagan.