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Trump Arrives in Texas to Visit the Border, Meet With Border Patrol

Trump Arrives in Texas to Visit the Border, Meet With Border Patrol

“They say a wall is medieval—well, so is a wheel.”

President Donald Trump has arrived in McAllen, Texas, to visit the border and speak with border patrol agents.

We will update this post throughout his visit.

Before Trump left for the border, he told reporters that he has “the absolute right to declare a national emergency” to fund the wall if Congress doesn’t approve funding.

The government has been shut down for 20 days. Due to this, Trump cancelled his trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum

Trump had a few people with him on his visit including DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Texas Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

Right now, as of 2:37PM ET, Trump is participating in a roundtable with the border patrol agents. In front of the table are drugs, guns, and money that agents have seized on the border.

Cornyn addressed the items in front of them and said, “When people like Ted and I hear our colleagues in Washington say this is a manufactured crisis, we kind of wonder what planet they’ve been living on.”

Trump praised the officers:”Law enforcement and I.C.E and Border Patrol, incredible job you’re doing. The public loves you – not like – they love you. I just hope that none of you runs for president.”

He also said the wall is medieval, but so is the wheel: “They say a wall is medieval—well, so is a wheel,” Pres. Trump says at meeting near southern border. “A wheel is older than a wall. There are some things that work, you know what? A wheel works, and a wall works.”

He explained that when he said he would have Mexico pay for the wall, he didn’t mean the country would write America “a check for $20 billion or $10 billion.” He insisted that Mexico will pay “for the wall many, many times over” once Congress approves of the new trade deal between Canada, America, and Mexico.

Joining Trump at the table is Reggie Singh, the brother of Corporal Singh in California.

NBC News reported about a plan that could come to fruition if Trump declared a national emergency:

President Donald Trump has been briefed on a plan that would use the Army Corps of Engineers and a portion of $13.9 billion of Army Corps funding to build 315 miles of barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the briefing.

The money was set aside to fund projects all over the country including storm-damaged areas of Puerto Rico through fiscal year 2020, but the checks have not been written yet and, under an emergency declaration, the president could take the money from these civil works projects and use it to build the border wall, said officials familiar with the briefing and two congressional sources.

The plan could be implemented if Trump declares a national emergency in order to build the wall and would use more money and build more miles than the administration has requested from Congress. The president had requested $5.7 billion for a wall stretching 234 miles.

Under the proposal, the officials said, Trump could dip into the $2.4 billion allocated to projects in California, including flood prevention and protection projects along the Yuba River Basin and the Folsom Dam, as well as the $2.5 billion set aside for reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.


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Meanwhile, also in Texas, Jim Acosta announced that he was in a small town, and that there was no ‘national emergency’, and no need for a wall….. while literally WALKING NEXT TO THE WALL that the town built.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Olinser. | January 10, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Where the money is coming from, and what will not be funded, is really funny. Stick it to them Trump.

We are with you and I pray for your family, all families that have needlessly suffered the loss of love ones because the Democrats refuse to protect America.

I think all security should be pulled from any, and all Democrats, until the Wall is built.

    legacyrepublican in reply to gonzotx. | January 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    What really gets me is that Officer Singh, who gave his all, was a legal immigrant from Fiji who respected and defended the laws of this country.

    And it was taken by an illegal immigrant who has been told what he was doing was fine and noble by one political party who wants to grant him amnesty and the right to vote.

To Rep Adam Smith, Washington

Why don’t we have a controlled southern border? My family and I have lived in Olympia for 20 years. Many of Olympia’s parks have become unsafe due to the amount of heroin needles. At Olympia’s Lake fair this year, my wife was accosted by a drug addict who threated her and my daughter while trying leave. Our area is being flooded drugs to the degree I’ve not seen in my lifetime. This is coming from south of the border. Take a look at the roster of the Thurston County jail- most are drug related or crime related to drugs. Why would you want to keep that drug highway wide open with no physical deterrent?

A year ago, we visited Cabo for a vacation. A week after our return, the roadway to the airport had bodies hanging from the overpasses from the Cartels. Why do you want an open border for that crime to come streaming into this country? Where do you suppose the Cartel money is coming from? Your open border is making it the Cartels richer and tougher for our Southern neighbors to fight.

In my time as a volunteer EMT, I have gone on many calls and witnessed people in my community who are hooked on heroin. These addicts have kids that go to my daughter’s school and I’ve seen firsthand lives that are being destroyed due to the drugs coming in. Again- these drugs are coming from our southern border. I cannot see WHY we do not have a border where we control who can/cannot enter our country.

I have friends who have immigrated here legally and they tell me how bad it is down there and I believe them, but unrestrained immigration is not the answer. We need a physical barrier along with diplomatic pressure for our southern neighbors to get their issues under control. Instead, you are allowing the Cartels unfettered access to our population. This is insane.

I feel bad for the people fleeing the problems south of the border, but an open border is not the solution. I find it disingenuous of your office that rather than putting pressure or providing support for the countries where people are fleeing you simply want to open our southern border for whomever chooses to cross. I’ve known Mexicans who have entered using coyotes and it is a story of rape and theft.

You were elected to represent the people in my district, but from the conduct of the House, it looks like you have nothing but an agenda of hating Trump. From your stance about keeping an open border, it appears that rather than representing the citizens of your district you are paid to represent the drug Cartels to keep the super highway of drug traffic wide open. I do not accept the fatalistic view that our Southern neighbors cannot be prosperous on their own soil. That won’t happen while we continue to flood the bad guys with money and enable human trafficking to continue.

PS- Since I last contacted your office, the cost of my health insurance premiums have doubled. I hope this time you will listen to me.

    MrE in reply to Andy. | January 10, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    It ain’t any better in Port Angeles. My dear wife, who moved here from the rural midwest, wanted to spend a few days in Olympia to check it out. And I’m thinking about about the stuff you’ve mentioned, and Evergreen State College … and respond “whatever for”? I do have some relatives buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery – but that dates to 100 years ago and there’s photos of the graves on line. So I can’t think of a single reason to go to Olympia.

      Andy in reply to MrE. | January 10, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      Olympia down town: no. hell no.

      Lacey: yes- they’ve got Cabellas. Also Lacey has imported working people from else where. Lot’s of them. There is a pretty large 50+ retirement community out there and they have no patience for the homeless problem. Lacey is also the closest best place to live if you are off base and stationed at JBLM.

      You need to call Herra-Buetler’s office and remind her to stand with Trump. I’d read she was getting squishy about the shutdown. I called her office as well as Smiths. I could pretty much sense Smith’s aid was giving me the F.O. so I put that one in writing. Also had to rub it in on how he screwed us on Obamacare… the last time the so called Brown Shirts bothered to speak up.

Close The Fed | January 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm

To find your U.S. Senator’s contact info, including links to email them:


For U.S. House members:


ON THE UPPER RIGHT corner of the House page, is a method to look up your representative.

I have called/emailed/left messages for:

Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas R.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
Rep. Steny Hoyer
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska R.
Sen. John Isakson, Georgia R.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, N.Y., D.

    Or call the Congressional switchboard. Press 0 for operator and ask for your rep/senator.
    It is oftentimes easier to speak to a live person when calling their state or DC office numbers.

    Pelosi is such a megalomaniac that NOTHING will convince her the entire nation does not see the world the way her warped mind does.

    Hoyer is bought and paid for. So is Murkowski.

    Schumer? He’s as big a megalomaniac as Pelosi.

With Congress yet to approve the mehican, America and little America deal it reminds me of that scene in 300 when Leonidas said “pray they aren’t that stupid” in relation to Congress not approving the trade deal.

That would just be the icing on the cake (that could only be topped by this Democrat congress refusing to ratify peace with North Korea).

    DINORightMarie in reply to mailman. | January 10, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Thankfully, the Senate are the ones who “advise and consent” (i.e. ratify) treaties. However, point well taken, given Mitch “Turtle” McConnell and the RINOs in the Senate…….

    RedEchos in reply to mailman. | January 10, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    They will approve it. NAFTA is dead and the USMCA is the replacement. If Congress turns down the new deal then it goes back to pre-NAFTA trade.

Had an amusing thought about Democrat rhetoric on the wall … and pose it as a hypothetical question.

In 2021 or 2025, we’ll have a new president, possibly a Democrat. If Trump succeeds in building a wall, will the Democrats move to tear it down if/when they’re back in power? Seeings as it’s immoral and all?

    A new Dem President wouldn’t have to tear it down. Just zero out any money for enforcement or maintenance, and inside a month, drug smuggling gangs with cutting torches and explosives will punch as many holes in it as they need. Four years later with millions of illegal voters inside, it will be a decaying wreck, a testament to one brief flash of rationality before the flood wipes it away.

      MajorWood in reply to georgfelis. | January 11, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Funny thing about the Nazis. They all thought that it was going to last 1000 years, yet look at where they all ended up 6 years later after crossing the line in Poland. I don’t expect the fascist liberals to come to a better end if they choose to continue on their path.