Illegal immigration has been a bonanza for Democrats. Most immigrants tend to vote for Democrats and states where many illegals settle tend to change over time from red to purple and even bright blue.
Thanks to immigration, Democrats have practically swept the Republican Party out of California and now have a tight grip on Virginia. They are gaining a strong foot hold in Texas and eyeing Georgia favorably.
Why on earth would they want to secure the Mexican border when, with some good fortune, they could possibly lock down a permanent electoral majority?
Would the murders of 9 U.S. citizens, three women and six children, by the Juarez Cartel less than 100 miles from the border sway Democrats? Apparently not.
They have not budged on wall funding, despite the massacre in a suspected gangland ambush in northern Mexico.
The families were caught in the crossfire of a territorial feud between the Juarez Cartel and its rival, the Sinaloa Cartel, on Monday.
The victims belonged to three families with dual US-Mexican citizenship, born to breakaway Mormon communities founded in the north of Mexico several decades ago.
President Donald Trump has requested $8.6 billion for the wall as part of his 2020 budget request — but odds are this will not pass both chambers of Congress.
House Democrats had only provided a meager $1.375 billion for the “construction of primary pedestrian fencing” in the Rio Grande Sector but restricted the use of additional money to build walls, fencing or any other security structures in any other areas of the border. They happily voted instead to fund enhanced border security for Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia in the government spending bill passed by Congress this year.
The Rio Grande Valley was ground zero for the spring migrant crisis. Almost half of the families and children apprehended by law enforcement came from this region which the president has prioritized for wall funding.
Democrats are banking on the border infrastructure buckling under the weight of a continued migration onslaught which would overwhelm immigration courts. Unquantifiable numbers of migrants would get the greenlight to enter the U.S. through its lax borders.
Earlier this year, after a record 35-day partial shutdown, Trump declared a national emergency to bypass Congress and secure more wall funding from the Pentagon. He shifted funds from military construction projects toward the wall.
Border officials report a sharp decrease in migrants attempting to cross the US border, despite stonewalling from Democrats, with apprehensions falling by 62% and total enforcement actions dropping by 70%. Mexico’s cooperation with U.S. officials to stem the flow of migrants has been of strategic importance in the fight for border security.
In September, about 40,000 migrants were arrested, the lowest month this fiscal year and down from nearly 133,000 apprehensions in May.
Another shutdown looms on Nov. 22 if lawmakers don’t pass either 12 appropriations bills or another continuing resolution.
The House is expected to take up bills over the next two weeks to avoid a government shutdown, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Friday. Democrats are insisting on language that prevents the president from redirecting money toward the border wall without congressional signoff.
Office of Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland said Tuesday that the White House is open to another continuing resolution to fund the government beyond Nov. 21 “as long as it does not restrict [President Trump’s] authorities or abilities to pursue his policy priorities, including wall construction.”
He would not confirm whether the White House would demand that Democrats lift the Rio Grande Valley restriction as part of the next short-term bill.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said last Thursday, “We’re simply trying to stop Republicans from stealing money from our military and putting it into the wall.”
Republicans have accused Democrats of having no interest in closing loopholes that allow smugglers, criminals, and cartels to prey on vulnerable children and families.