So we are roughly a week into the Trump presidency and he has been moving at lightning speed setting out to accomplish everything he has promised during his presidential campaign. One of the projects that made up the foundation of his campaign was securing the border which became an issue due to the immigration crisis we are currently experiencing in this country as hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants stream across our southern border. We have heard from politicians for decades about stemming this flow and up until now they have been all talk.
Notice I said up until now! Finally it appears we have a president sitting at the desk in the oval office who is actually putting actions behind his words. This is a starch contrast to what we have witnessed for quite some time now, especially during the Obama administration as he failed to follow through on almost all of his campaign promises. Remember “hope and change”? I rest my case.
Nonetheless Trump is determined we need to secure our border and he sees a wall as the solution to the problem. While there may be some debate on this aspect of securing the border, one thing is for sure, Trump has said time and time again that Mexico would pay for the wall.
While this has been a hotly contested topic of discussion there is one thing people are forgetting to realize. Whether or not you agree with the building of the wall, it is part of our government’s constitutional duty to secure our borders. I know that may sound harsh and to some snowflakes out there they may need to retreat to their safe spaces at the thought of the United States securing its borders but there is no disputing it.
The United States Constitution specifically states,
Article 4, Section 4
The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
It seems quite clear the federal government hasn’t been standing up to their end of the Constitution. The citizens of each state are still required to continue funding the federal government though regardless of the fact that numerous states around the country are literally being overrun with illegal aliens. The fact that this is occurring is also a large reason why Donald Trump was elected president in the first place. We the people saw in him someone who would buck the trend of the typical go along to get along politicians in DC. We saw in him someone who would once and for all secure our border and restore sovereignty to this country.
Moving forward to the next issue regarding The Wall, the big beautiful, YUUGGEEE WALL! How do we pay for it? There has been argument after argument as to how we would pay for what is estimated by some to be a $15 to $20 billion dollar project. Well I have one possible theory as to how we pay for the wall, cut the federal funding to other countries around the world including Mexico.
The U.S. Government gave a total of $209 million to Mexico in 2012:
The aid was broken down in the following manner:
Child Survival and Health: -$12,200
Department of Defense Security Assistance: $39,854
Development Assistance: $17.9 million
Economic Support Fund/Security Support Assistance: $40.8 million
Global Health and Child Survival: $3.89 million
Narcotics Control: $27.6 million
Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining and Related: $7.07 million
Other Active Grant Programs: $15.4 million
Other State Assistance: $2.7 million
Other USAID Assistance: $2,764
Other USDA Assistance: $372,914
Peace Corps: $2 million
This is just the amount of money given to Mexico in a single given year. Why are we giving aid to a foreign country like Mexico to cover things like “grant programs”, “economic support”, “other active grant programs”, and so on. Some of the items on this list are extremely vague which leads anyone with a little common sense to believe the money may not be going where they say it is.
The point of the matter is, in a single year we GAVE AWAY $209 million dollars to Mexico, money that could in turn be used to fund projects like building a border wall. Before you liberals go off on the numbers here, I realize that what we gave Mexico in that single given year is essentially a drop in the bucket in regards to the overall estimated cost of the wall, but if we were to cut foreign aid to other countries we have no business giving money to as well as cut money paid to organizations like the UN the possibility definitely exists that we could in a few years fund the entire project.
Lets not forget the Obama stimulus package that cost the taxpayers roughly $700 billion dollars and did nothing to actually stimulate the economy. I for one and much more on board with funding a project that is called for in the Constitution and will inevitably lead to a safer more prosperous nation.
I know some will dispute that it’s still taxpayers funding the wall, which essentially should be the case as it is the federal government’s responsibility to secure the border whether some taxpayers like it or not. After all the government has used our money for dozens if not hundreds of pet projects not called for in the Constitution and we were all told to just shut up and sit down.
Bottom line is you want Mexico to pay for the wall cut the foreign aid, apply it to the wall and there you have it! Securing our borders is a Constitutionally granted right of the federal government and we need to see to it that we support Donald Trump in doing so.