Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald J. Trump made illegal immigration and border security one of his top issues that he would focus on if elected president. Trump was harshly critical of the Obama administration’s handling of illegal immigration, pledging to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and actually enforce America’s immigration laws.
So last month President Trump officially signed an Executive Order authorizing the construction of the much-needed border wall and an increase in border patrol officials. While the left continues to freak out about the wall, which Congress authorized for construction in 2006, the president is pushing forward, saying the design of the border wall is already underway!
Speaking before the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, President Trump stressed that “The wall is getting designed right now. We will have a wall. It will be a great wall and it will do a lot of – will be a big help.”
From Voice of America:
Trump repeated his vow to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico as a way to “stop the drugs from pouring into our country” and cited Israel as a country that has successfully erected walls along its borders.
“Do walls work? Just ask Israel. They work if it’s properly done,” Trump said.
Here’s a video of President Trump’s comments:
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Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent out his support for President Trump’s border wall, saying the one constructed in Israel has been a “great success.”
President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea 🇮🇱🇺🇸
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 28, 2017
According to Voice of America “An Israeli company that helped construct Israel’s West Bank barrier is reportedly seeking to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexican border for the Trump administration.” The wall constructed in Israel has been a major success, something President Trump believes will occur once a wall along America’s southern border is finally completed:
There has been a significant drop in terrorist attacks by West Bank Palestinians since March 2002. And while Israeli security officials credit the barriers for the decline, attacks continued to drop when the second Palestinian uprising weakened in 2004 and the militant group Hamas imposed a moratorium on suicide bombings.
The Israeli military also regularly arrests suspected militants on the other side of the West Bank barrier and the country continues to benefit from security support from the Western-supported Palestinian Authority.
While a few liberal Republicans have announced their opposition to any border wall, the overwhelming majority of GOP members of Congress, specifically Republican leadership, supports President Trump’s plan, and will move forward with the necessary financing to complete the wall over the next several years.
Are you glad to see that President Trump’s proposed border wall is already in the design stage of development? Do you support construction of a border wall? Share your thoughts below!
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