President Donald Trump continues to define his policy platform with “the wall.” His long-sought border wall blocking off Mexico hasn’t materialized yet, but he’s still pushing for it — even while acknowledging that it won’t actually address the issues he claims that it will.
He’s touted the wall as a fitting response to caravans of asylum seekers making their way through Central America in an effort to escape some kind of violence, but his proposed barriers are unlikely to keep people who intend to “get caught” in the first place from abandoning their dedication to getting into the United States.
In some areas, thanks to the actual U.S./Mexico border running through the Rio Grande River, any barriers would have to be a little bit back from the actual border — meaning the oh-so-scary caravans can still make it to U.S. soil and “get caught,” thereby beginning the asylum claims process.
Fox reporter John Roberts asked Trump:
‘For all these tens of thousands of Central American migrants who just want to touch foot on U.S. soil and wait for the Border Patrol to pick them up, how does building new wall solve that problem?’
This Friday at the White House, Trump replied:
‘Well we’re going to solve that problem and we’re also working on different things because there’s so many loopholes. You’re right — touch the the land, all of a sudden it’s a catch-and-release deal. They go into the country, and in some cases if they’re criminals, they’re released into our country — it’s a ridiculous thing, it’s a loophole… The wall is the most important thing by far, but we have to fix the loopholes.’
He didn’t actually answer Roberts’ question, seeming to take the fact that the wall won’t address asylum seekers in any sort of constructive fashion as established fact — although he repeatedly claims otherwise.
Just this week, he ranted on Twitter:
‘More troops being sent to the Southern Border to stop the attempted Invasion of Illegals, through large Caravans, into our Country. We have stopped the previous Caravans, and we will stop these also. With a Wall it would be soooo much easier and less expensive. Being Built!’
To be clear, if there are criminals among those asylum seekers, there’s nothing to suggest that U.S. policy demands that they be released into the general population. He’s simply making up a threat of hidden criminal activity — or something. It’s the same kind of nonsense he and his allies have pulled in response to “sanctuary” jurisdictions across the United States where local authorities do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. That doesn’t mean actual crimes no longer get prosecuted and it’s just some kind of free-for-all — and similarly, there’s no free-for-all of criminals at the southern border.
The United States is not being invaded. (It’s a wonder that this has to be said.) To suggest that immigrants pose some kind of special security threat to the United States above that poised by native-born Americans is outlandish and doesn’t match up with the facts.
Still, Trump persists, and this week asserted he was still open to declaring a national emergency in an effort to use executive power to build the wall.
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