Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer offered up a solution to end the government shutdown while also giving President Trump his border wall.
His solution: trust the experts.
Put the wall in the hands of the Department of Homeland Security
Fleischer wants to take the most controversial element out of the negotiations: President Trump.
It’s an unspoken truth that these negotiations to open up the government aren’t about the border wall or about the morality of our immigration policy. It’s about Trump and 2020. Democrats don’t want to give him a win on the border wall heading into the next presidential election. That’s the only reason they oppose funding the barrier between the U.S. and Mexico. Just a few years ago, Senator Chuck Schumer advocated for a physical divide between our country and our southern neighbor. Now, his tune has changed with the political winds. (RELATED: Video Shows Chuck Schumer Arguing a Fence Will Make Border ‘Far More Secure’.)
Fleischer says take Trump out of it. Put the Border Patrol in charge. Give them what funding they want and allow them to determine the size and location of any border barrier.
Here’s a shutdown solution. Don’t give Trump his wall. Give it to the Border Patrol. Wherever they say it’s needed is where it goes. They determine its look and height. They’re experts. Take Trump out of it. (This gives Ds & Trump a facesaving win. It’s also called compromise.)
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 7, 2019
Splitting the difference
Under this deal, Democrats can claim that they didn’t given Trump what he wanted. President Trump can allow the Border Patrol to do what’s necessary to secure the border and stop unnecessary illegal entry into our country. And the government can open.
It’s a win-win. That is, if the Democrats truly care about securing the border and not about keeping it a funnel for potential new voters to waltz into our country.
National Border Patrol Council stands with President Trump on the wall
Last week, the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing Border Patrol agents, endorsed Trump’s request for border-patrol funding. The Council’s representatives appeared at the White House briefing room to voice their support:
Under the Fleischer deal, the President can be assured that he’ll get some form of physical barrier between the U.S. and Mexico, as long as the decision rests solely with the Border Patrol. And Democrats can claim they didn’t give Trump everything he wants – because, in the end, that’s all they care about.
If Democrats continue to oppose any sort of deal that could result in funding for a border wall, we need only ask them this question: do they or do they not trust the good men and women of the Border Patrol to protect our southern border?