Sanctuary cities & states may pick up tab for Trump’s Border Wall
Having California pay for the construction would be karmic!
When it comes to blocking President Donald Trump’s plans for the Border Wall, the Democratic Party has displayed imagination, creativity, and enthusiasm rarely surpassed in the annals of human history.
Democrats opposed border wall funding in the latest government spending debate and the White House eventually backed off of its demand to secure the money this month. When the funding fight comes up again in September, Democrats are still likely to deem it a non-starter in negotiations.
“I have said repeatedly and consistently, I will not support an omnibus that includes funding for a wall; not going to do it,” said Rep. Joe Crowley, D-New York, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, at a recent press conference.
Conservative representatives are also responding in innovative ways to find funding methods. Recently, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has proposed the EL CHAPO Act, directing the use of the expected $14 billion to be seized from Mexico’s infamous drug lord should he be convicted to pay for the big, beautiful border wall.
Now, two other US senators have proposed legislation that would redirect funds away from cities and states that have declared themselves “sanctuary” areas for illegal immigrants toward the border wall construction. Pundit Byron York offers these details in The Washington Examiner.
…This week, two GOP senators, Luther Strange of Alabama and David Perdue of Georgia, introduced a bill that would cut funding under two massive federal infrastructure and transportation programs to any jurisdictions “that refuse to cooperate with the federal government on immigration matters or retaliate against border security contractors.” Strange and Perdue propose to take the money that would have gone to sanctuary jurisdictions and use it to help pay for the wall.
The two programs are the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program, which has handed out more than $5 billion since its inception in the Obama administration, and the recently-created FASTLANE (Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies) program, which is slated to make more than $4.5 billion in grants in the next three years.
Outside of the press in Washington D.C., California’s Democratic politicians have been the most active members of the #Resistance, especially in terms of the border wall’s construction. In fact, state legislators recently offered a constitutionally questionable proposal to punish participating companies.
However, many firms ignored the threat.
Hundreds of companies have submitted bids to the federal government to build the highly contentious, divisive southern border wall, but Rod Hadrian is just one of the few willing to talk about it.
“We could put the wall up, probably a mile of it, probably in three weeks,” Hadrian says.
…Rick Taylor is another San Diego-area contractor who was unafraid of publicly acknowledging he bid on the wall. His iCon Wall System is made concrete and steel and is designed laying down, so artistic features can be set in.
“So when you lift the wall up, it’s got décor on both sides, which makes it appealing on both sides, which may get Mexico interested in chipping in a little bit of the money because now they get to look at something that’s beautiful as well,” Taylor said.
Taylor’s company, CCI, has several employees who are Latino who were consulted before they submit a bid on the controversial wall.
“They said if it’s good for the business, why not. And that’s what it is,” Taylor said. “It’s a business opportunity. We’re builders, not politicians.”
It is heartening to see our construction companies are not afraid of threats. Hopefully, Republican politicians will show an equal amount of courage and support the efforts of Strange and Perdue.
While Mexico may not end up paying for the wall directly, having a “Sanctuary State” like California pick up the tab would almost be as satisfying, from a karmic perspective! And I say this as a Californian!
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And he can do it.
Just look at this great “pep talk” he gave some college graduates last Saturday.
Go to 7:30 into it for the very best parts…….
Awesome! Where there’s a will, there’s always a way!
“Awesome! Where there’s a wall, there’s always a way!”
Fixed it for you, Phil!
“Where there’s a will, there’s a Wall!”
BTW, you can mock CA all you want but TX and AZ have bigger border control problems and most of their cities have declared themselves sanctuary cities too. So the karmic CA headlines are way off target. CA deserves it but so does everyone else, especially TX and AZ where most of the illegals, drugs and human trafficking are taking place.
Clearly you don’t follow the news on TX very closely. The era of sanctuary cities and counties is mostly over because of new laws.
And can you cite more than one or two locations in AZ that have such a policy? Maybe you are confusing AZ with NM, but even NM has few.
We HAVE our wall here in CA. Maybe you are not aware of the fact that TX was in play in 2016 because of their liberal sanctuary cities. TX is CA ten years ago. Wake up already. Your demographics are scary and will look like CA’s soon. CA was staunchly anti-illegals, pro-DOMA, low-taxes etc… until those TX Republicans Bush and Rove stuffed Arnold down our throats. What makes you think it isn’t happening in TX?
LOL. You sure you aren’t confusing this site with Kos or something? Your nutty Rove/Bush conspiracies might get you all kinds of attention over there. That is, if you’re serious and not a parody.
Saying that Texas was in play didn’t make it true …
This is something a lot of us forget. In the mid/late 80s we had a big problem with crime in San Diego and a lot of it was related to the burgeoning drug trade w/ cartels doing business up here.
A large percentage of illegal crossings were at San Ysidro, South of San Diego. I think it was 1992 or so we built a big piece of wall there and the border crossings have dropped to almost zero in that area.
So we know that walls do work.
Phil, you’re not the only Californian on this forum. The momentum for the final deterioration of California really got rolling under Gray Davis, which is why he was RECALLED. Bush Bush Bush had nothing to do with it.
Re: Pasadena Phil:
Well, Arizona tried to end this nonsense, as did California with Prop 187, but the usurping courts keep making sure we’re welcoming to illegal aliens.
Remember the Kenyan administration suing Arizona over their legislation to enforce law against illegal aliens?
The Feds would still be paying for it. All this would do is divert free Federal taxpayer dollars which were slated to go to these traitors, and use it to finance something else.
Which is fine so far as it goes, but that isn’t very far.
Since our government has a spending problem and not an income problem, I want to see massive budget cuts across the board. At least 20% cuts to everything but DHS and DOD. Delay the income tax cuts a little longer than the budget cuts and the wall would be paid for in no time.
As for labor, the Reserves and National Guard have plenty of skilled, able-bodied construction personnel to augment contractors or oversee the project. Air Force RED HORSE, Navy Seabees and Army Corps of Engineers come to mind.
Texas has Governor Abbott now, probably the best Conservative politician by far.
I want to see him as President
Bright, strong, articulate and not afraid of kicking globalist left wing nutcase butt.
I hate to say, but Texas was going the California way with Bush as Governor and then President. That whole family just wants to “love” the illegals and the cheap labor they bring.
If you look at the voting map of the last Presidential election, all of the South and the big cities went Hilary.
If we don’t stop the illegals now, Texas will be blue in ten years.
Abbott and Trump are our only hope.
Re: Gonzo Texas:
You’re right; Abbott and Trump are our last chance, and the dems know it.
It wouldn’t be necessary with emigration reform in Mexico, second and third-world nations. Although, our social justice adventures (e.g. elective wars, elective regime changes, extrajudicial trials) are first-order forcings of catastrophic anthropogenic immigration reform (global warming and climate change, too). And immigration that did not exceed the rate of assimilation and integration (before Pro-Choice and Planned Parenthood).
Hum… High speed rail to nowhere or a border wall? What do the construction unions want? THAT is the real issue. US workers only to build wall…. up the ante. Yes… it will cost more to some, but in the long run…. US workers first will be less expensive than 5+ generations on welfare…. sucking money away from union workers.
RE: Alaska Bob:
I sincerely hope Elon Musk’s idea of tunnels works so that Cali won’t be building a low-speed hi-speed over-budget train to nowhere.
Davis-Bacon wage laws will surely apply whomever builds it
“…Hopefully, Republican politicians will show an equal amount of courage…”
ROFL. I spit out a little coffee when I read this. The word ‘courage’ doesn’t even belong in the same dictionary as GOP.