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Trump Threatens To Shut Southern Border If He Doesn’t Get His Wall


We are now almost a week into a partial government shutdown brought about by a temper tantrum by president Donald Trump over funding for his long-promised border wall. You will remember from his campaign that he promised his rabid followers that he would erect a giant wall across the U.S./Mexico border and that he would get Mexico to pay for it. Of course, that was never going to happen, but that didn’t keep his racist followers who want to keep out all the brown people from believing it. The argument is between the White House and Democrats and a couple of Republican congresspeople over 5 billion dollars to begin construction. The opponents of the wall see it as a stupid expenditure of resources and a terrible solution to immigration reform. While Trump initially seemed like he was going to strike a deal, he was then criticized by right-wing wacko pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Anne Coulter and he hardened his position, because of course he did. So, he shut down the government until he gets his way. Now he’s saying that he will close down the entire Southern border if he doesn’t get his way. Trump said,

“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” Trump said on Twitter. The United States looses [sic] soooo much money on Trade with Mexico under NAFTA, over 75 Billion Dollars a year (not including Drug Money which would be many times that amount), that I would consider closing the Southern Border a ‘profit making operation,’ Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border.”

The wall was a dumb idea from the start. The border is almost 2000 miles long and the wall he wants to erect is gigantic. It’s like the ice wall in Game of Thrones. Let’s forget for a second that immigration through the Southern border is at the lowest rate that it’s been at in decades. Mexican immigration is actually in reverse, more Mexicans are going to Mexico than are coming here. Let’s also forget that the Central Americans now being detained at the border are asylum seekers…which is not illegal. The border wall can easily be defeated by, you know, a ladder. No one says there should be open borders in spite of conservative talking points. There needs to be comprehensive immigration reform, but one thing that is for sure is that this wall is stupid.

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