Classical Liberal Sage
- Jun 22, 2013
- Reaction score
- Mid-West USA
- Political Leaning
This is President Trump's Oval Office speech on 01/08/19 presented for review.
Here is a cut from the transcript:
https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/01/08/read-trumps-full-oval-office-speech-on-border-security/The proposal from Homeland Security includes cutting-edge technology for detecting drugs, weapons, illegal contraband, and many other things. We have requested more agents, immigration judges and bed space to process the sharp rise in unlawful migration fueled by our very strong economy. Our plan also contains an urgent request for humanitarian assistance and medical support.
Furthermore, we have asked Congress to close border security loopholes so that illegal immigrant children can be safely and humanely returned back home.
Finally, as part of an overall approach to border security, law enforcement professionals have requested $5.7 billion dollars for a physical barrier. At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall. This barrier is absolutely critical to border security. It’s also what our professionals at the border want and need. This is just commonsense.
The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion dollars a year – vastly more than the $5.7 billion dollars we have requested from Congress. The wall will also be paid for, indirectly, by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.
NOTE: NO mention of declaring a state of emergency.
This seems reasonable to me. The wall will be a barrier that is less costly and an improvement over the older fencing. Costs are explained.
I also agree that there needs to a be a speedier process for vetting and deporting, as well as for handling minors.
What are your objections?