Democrats and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) have been trying mightily to convince Americans that the border crisis is merely a perception created by President Trump, with “manufactured” suddenly being the word of choice.  It seems everyone got the memo, so to speak, and took their cue from Schumer and Pelosi to coordinate their use of that and other buzzwords --- not just opinion writers and party hacks but even the “news” reporters and so-called fact-checkers.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen fact-checkers blend fact and opinion when “grading” statements for accuracy, but this is the worst it has been in my memory.  They had to do this because they’d painted themselves into a corner by accusing Trump of lying even before he gave his Oval Office address.  When it turned out his stats were absolutely correct, what were they supposed to do –-  admit he’d told the truth?  That was never going to happen.


So, is there a border crisis or not?  Of course, there clearly is.  In fact, it’s so obvious that one has to wonder just how much monumental Trump-hate it takes to ignore the crisis in order to inflict political damage on him.  Trump didn’t have to make things up or exaggerate to present his case to the nation because it’s all real.  (He was wrong on one rape statistic, but nobody’s crowing about that because the actual number is much worse.)  To ignore this reality, Democrats have to live in an alternate universe.  If they care at all about the various forms of suffering –- human trafficking, drug smuggling, rape, violent death, child endangerment, contagious disease and possible terrorism –- resulting from an open border, their concern is far outweighed by the fervent desire to stop Trump from gaining a political victory.

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Democrats can no longer hide this, because we all know they were for the border fence before they were against it.  The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was a bipartisan bill.  A secure barrier along the border wasn’t immoral then, but it is now.  It wasn’t ineffective then, or too expensive, but it is now.  We needed it then, but we don’t now.  The things even then-Sen. Obama said about border security then were pretty much what Trump is saying now.  So we KNOW this is political theater.


We can also infer that the hardships and inconveniences associated with the partial shutdown –- in particular, the inability to issue paychecks to government workers, who normally would get them on Friday –- are of little concern to Democratic leaders, no matter how many crocodile tears they cry.  If they really cared about those workers, they could end this farce right now.  They just don’t want Trump to get his secure border, even though it’s the same thing they professed to favor in 2006.  On the other hand, Trump cannot cave, because he (and the people who support him) actually care about the human toll from illegal immigration.  Trump is there to fix a serious problem.  As hard as it will be for some government employees to miss one or possibly more paychecks, it’s still not in the same category as the threat posed by an open border.


The Democrats use words like “manufactured” to describe the border crisis because it works with their voters, at least if they say it often enough.  A year ago, a Harvard University poll found that 8 out of 10 U.S. voters believed that the United States needs secure borders.  That broke down to 93 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of independents and even 68 percent of Democrats.  (Incidentally, 70 percent also believed in granting priority to those immigrants who could “contribute to America.”)  The Democrats have used the past year to convince Democrats and independents that the border problem has been greatly exaggerated and that a wall will not work –- in other words, lie to them –-- to keep them from agreeing with Trump that a barrier is needed, when it absolutely is.


There’s also the issue of national security.  We don’t know how many infiltrators from around the world are passing right through our porous border, but investigative reporter Sara A. Carter is at the Rio Grande right now and just got a firsthand look at one such case.  Within ten minutes of arriving at the border, she and the law enforcement official who was accompanying her on foot ran into a couple of men on the road.  At first they put their hands up, as they expected to be arrested.  (The encounter was captured on video, which Sean Hannity played Wednesday night on his FOX News TV show.)  When Carter asked what country they were from, one replied, “Bangladesh.”


These men did not strike Carter as dangerous at that moment, but she pointed out that Bangladesh is one of the “special interest countries,” along with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., that are home to ISIS and other terrorist groups.


One of the men knew a little English and was able to say that it had taken them three months to get from Bangladesh to the United States.  They had been taken to Dubai, he said, then to Brazil, then north through Central America and Mexico.  He said the walking part had taken them three months.  When Carter asked him who had brought them to America, he said he didn’t know; it’s possible he hadn’t understood the question.  He said each of them had paid $16,000 to make the whole trip.  According to Carter, he told her they didn’t even know they were in the United States.


It’s time to face reality.  The last word here goes to former Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan, who says the wall would work and that this view is “not based on a personal, political ideology.”  It’s “based on historical data and facts that can be proven.”



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  • L. Lewis

    01/10/2019 01:45 PM

    America can't take care of all these coming in here. Also the diseases, viruses, and bugs, that were almost extinct here are being brought back in by these people; not to mention so many drugs and bad people. Our Social Security system is going broke. Seems like all that Schumer, Pelosi, and the rest of those who are against the wall, is not thinking about the peace and safety of the American people, but only about how many votes they can get from the illegals so they can stay in power and line their pockets and bank accounts with money. They are not speaking for American people. They're speaking for themselves and the illegals who are taking over our country. What needs to be done in this Gov. shut down, is everyone in the congress and senate stop getting paid, their bank accounts emptied to pay everyone who is working to keep america safe. Bet that would stop the 3 or 4 days sitting behind a desk pretending to work, then 6 weeks vacation at $5000 a night in other countries.

  • Kathy Moore

    01/10/2019 01:09 PM

    Governor Huckleberry,

    It seems to me that changing immigration laws that allow "catch and release" is the most critical element in the problem of illegal immigration.

    Securing the southern border using barriers of any design is also critical, but without changes to laws that have virtually no consequences for migrants entering the USA illegally, a wall alone will not solve the problem.

    Get the law changed and the border secure, then we can decide what to do about the illegal aliens already residing here.

    Kathy Moore

  • Earl Moore

    01/10/2019 01:00 PM

    mike did I forget a few facts or is my mind playing tricks the wall yes or no do I remember a berlin wall it was effective and a much longer one in china it too is effective have I had a bad dream are the past two walls just a figment of my imagining many law makers have walls around their residences too yes walls work BUILD THE WALL BIG WIDE TALL AND LONG
    and talking about money did Obama send 150 billion to Iran add 5 billion shipped out at night on a plane neither side of politics is not their money it is the citizens on America's money our government decides how to distribute it I trust the current president's judgment to distribute the moneys I have sent them over the years I had rather invest in walls than walls around my home just to be free within those confines

  • Ramona Armstrong Briscoe

    01/10/2019 12:56 PM

    Thank you, for all your/correct, honest, good, work, information, we, Americans, in Christ, know all !!!! , The socialist, plus all the, George Soros, etc., are out to destroy, our America...may our God, Jesus Christ, our Lord, BLESS you, protect in all you, do!! for our America, all the born again Americans...protect in all, may God protect our children, keep safe from SATAN!!!! could go on all day...stay tough, in all Christian values...GOD BLESS...

  • Anne Mason

    01/10/2019 12:42 PM

    I have a good friend, was very Republican but is switching to Democrat because she is watching so much TV and is listening to CNN, etc., plus these fact checkers. She has seen children crying because of being separated from their Mothers and other such accounts that are half truths and fake news and it touches her heart. When I try to talk to her she says she has seen it on videos on TV and they showed the facts and is convinced it must be true. I wonder how many others we are losing because of this believable fake news.

  • Carol Miller

    01/10/2019 12:38 PM

    I fully agree with your commentary. We need to expose the 2006 pro border security publicly, with all names of pro from top down. So tired of this false narrative. Whose idea is it to cut the SNAP/food assistance program? What are the percentage of Democrats on this as a scare tactic. I'm on disability & raising a Grandaughter who lives @ home full-time college part time worker, living on my disability check. Our SNAP benefit was cut to $15. Per month as soon as she Graduated from high school. Asylum &DACA would receive much more than that. Disgusted in Iowa. Praying for Our President. Thank you. Carol Miller

  • ken moore

    01/10/2019 12:37 PM

    mike has anyone have pictures of Nancy's or Chuck's houses and what type security they have at their own home a drone fly by would be interesting indeed

  • Jack Robinson

    01/10/2019 12:36 PM

    My Great Grandfather once said, "convince a man against his will and he's of the same opinion still". Most politically polarized people are so blinded by what their party believes that they fail to see the truth. I have a friend who works with the Boarder Patrol. He tells me "it's crazy down there". A barrier wall woud be helpful, along with enhanced surveillance equipment. While I respect what our President is doing keep in mind American people who show up to work each day and their families are being negatively impacted by this shut down. You and I are receiving our paychecks, paying our bills and providing for our families. They are unable to. Due to no fault of their own. Once more the innocent are being punished while the guilty (Congress, Senate, and the President) play the blame game. Our Nation is in a sad state of affairs. Republicans and Democrats alike are playing games with people's lives.

    Republicans had control of the Congress and Senate four (4) years prior to this. Why didn't we fund and build the wall then? A majority of Republicans in key rolls in Government spent the first year of Trumps Presidency opposing everything he tried to accomplish. What changed? I was never a Democrat and now the Republican Party has left me.

    There is no one in D.C., except possibility Trump, who cares about the working man. Republicans and Democrats alike are to busy fighting among themselves to fight for the people who sent them to Washington. But they are receiving their paychecks on a regular basis.

  • Patty Lane

    01/10/2019 12:25 PM

    I would like to see the previously recorded comments from Pelosi, Schumer and even Obama, stating their acknowledgement of the border security crisis from several years ago, specifically Obama on 6/30/14, replayed in front of Congress. Then ask Pelosi & Schumer what has changed? Although, we know the answer. Their disdain for our President.

  • Dana Eyraud

    01/10/2019 12:11 PM

    BUILD THE WALL! Anyone... and I mean ANYONE who thinks our President is blowing hot air about the tragic events happening at our border... needs to LISTEN to my story. Let them read my words of a mother's extreme heartache, grief and loss. This is what's happened to me and our family over the past 20 years... based in large part because of a growing LACK of border security and an evil drug called heroin!
    My daughter is a 36 year old heroin addict. She's been battling her addiction for over 20 years now. Over the last 14 years, she's lost custody of two children because of drugs. She got clean around three years ago. She found a new direction in life, moved to northern Ca with her new boyfriend and seemed to be doing OK. I was thrilled for her success and felt it was a miracle that she was finally free of drugs.
    Then, she relapsed.
    This is the worst her addiction has ever been. She now stands on the verge of losing her 3rd youngest child because of her drug addiction and inability to get and stay clean.
    Once a beauty, with long blond hair, big green eyes, and a snappy personality that drew people to her... with straight A's in school and an IQ of 158... my daughter was one of those kids who could have pursued ANY degree at any college.
    Today? Her teeth are falling out. Her once beautiful face is covered in wrinkles. And, her long blond hair now hangs in dirty clumps.
    She refuses any love and help we offer to her. She refuses to admit herself into a full time rehab program. She refuses to come home.
    And sadly, because current laws are loosely written... as her family, we are literally powerless to force her into any rehab program or mental health facility.
    What sort of an EVIL thing can twist a person's mind like this and destroy the hope and dreams of anyone's son, daughter, brother, sister, father or mother? Heroin! And, it is flooding in, like a roaring river, from MEXICO!
    My beloved daughter is currently missing... last known location was found after an online search showed her arrested a few weeks ago for drugs and petty theft. She was last seen living on the streets near San Francisco... homeless... emaciated... dirty... skin and bones.
    Tonight, she will probably sleep in another public bathroom at a Walmart or gas station. Or, she may spend the night hovering around the parking lot of a local casino.
    Is she warm enough? Does she have a blanket and clean clothes? What about a warm pair of boots? Did she have anything to eat today? When was the last time she showered? Is she sick? How is she surviving? Has she turned to prostitution? Is anyone helping her or protecting her?
    Is she still alive? THESE are the heavy daily questions that EVERY mother of a missing heroin addict asks themselves.
    Not only has heroin destroyed my family and the life of my once brilliant, sweet daughter... it's taken the life of my grandson's father! He died of a heroin/ fentanyl overdose around 8 years ago. He too had a once shining bright future, just like my daughter.
    Before heroin took his life, he was in college on a full ride baseball scholarship. He was a straight A student too, and well known to most MLB talent scouts for his extreme athletic abilities. Had he survived and beat heroin, he would have surely played baseball in the MLB. Before his death, he was being scouted by several top teams. Instead, at only 27 years of age, he gave up. He stuck a heroin needle in his arm and killed himself, dying on the cold hard floor of a dirty bathroom, all alone.
    Because of the lack of border security on our southern border, heroin and fentanyl is pouring into our country at rates that have skyrocketed over the past 10 years. And more and more families like mine are suffering.
    Go ahead. Talk to your extended family, neighbors and friends. I guarantee, everyone you know has someone close to them, like me, who's lost a son, daughter, brother, mother or father to drugs.
    Better border security and creating real physical barriers to keep the bad people and drugs out is NOT a "want." It is a need.
    This is a big reason why I voted for President Trump and volunteered to help in his campaign.
    BUILD THE WALL! I never want another mother and grandmother to grieve and suffer the way I have.
    These tragic losses of families, futures and lives... these untimely deaths... are preventable. If we can slow and eventually STOP drugs from being smuggled in from Mexico... With proper barriers and border security... it is possible and highly do-able that heroin and drug related deaths will go way down! And the American pandemic of DRUGS will end. Oh, and while we're at it... lets change the laws to give back power to the families of these physically and mentally sick drug addicts. Families need to have the legal power and ability to FORCE addicts into rehab programs. Trust me, I speak from first hand experience. Jail does nothing for them. They only come out worse. An addict is NOT a criminal. They are just very physically and mentally sick people. The drugs make them too sick to get well and care for themselves. Empowering the family and forced full time rehab is the ONLY way to save the vast majority of drug addicts lives today.

  • Bryan E Slabodnik

    01/10/2019 12:03 PM

    Mike. Excellent piece. Very well written. Why haven't we fixed the problem yet. The fact is those aren't just illegal citizens. They are eventual votes for the Democratic Party which are desperate right now because President Trump is winning with the majority of the American peoples approval. They need to steal every vote they possibly can because their One World, bring America to it's knees order can't be done without votes. They also take a greater risk of being caught rigging elections now days so they rely on the influx of illegals(which I know are people too, with feelings). But the fact is, it's illegal to enter our country illegally for a reason. The left doesn't care about anything else right now. Trumps Great focused leadership threatens there future plans to dismantle our Great Country and there hated is destroying the very fabric of there party. But let's be fair. Members of the Right love the illegals too, for the cheap labor so they can deepen there own pockets. But in doing so they helped create the problem which exists today. Lower wages in relation to the cost of living asking with fewer and lower paying labor jobs available. We actually have a Great leader in Donald Trump that puts the American people before everything else. I stand with Donald Trump on this issue. Shame on all the haters. You are all destroying each other with the anger and evil that has consumed you. Controlled immigration is the way to go. We need a wall. A strong, tall wall along the southern border along with other assets will help greatly fix the problem of illegal immigration. I'm speaking to the haters out there. Make the leap from hate to love. It will change your whole world. Let's take care of ourselves before we can help everyone else in the world! The way to help those in other poor countries is not by dangling a carrot in front of them. There false hope to enter our country illegally has put many of them in danger. Look at the two kids that died because of the diseases they carried while on there long trek. They should have been at home in bed. Think of the resources we will save by having the wall. Using that money and removing unnecessary parts of the federal government spending might give us the ability to start getting rid of the national debt.

  • Susannah Cruz

    01/10/2019 11:59 AM

    Is there a reason that the US cannot use the Drug money seized for the wall? Or is it to hard to get? What else would the Gov't use this money for?

  • Jerry Korba

    01/10/2019 11:43 AM

    Being retired I watch a little more TV than I should I just want to tell the people about an automobile commercial I watched its about a robot comes to a claim that is being processed and cries about the automobile being smashed up the people are being freaked out by this robot the point here is I watched a montage of what the opinion sources are reporting manufactured and crisis on the southern border reminded me how robotic these reporters and they freak ME out; are spewing the same agenda against the American people that the problem on the border are Manufactured and is not in Crisis mode Crying Chuck are you that robot;Reports that say our country contains anywhere from 20 to 30 million illigal people here are those stats Manufactured and do I think it may be a Crisis if a small % of them are criminals we have a Crisis on our hands. Do I think we have enough problems with just our citizens acting poorly? Adding the other countries undesirables does not help, I do. The wall will not stop all, I believe it will slow them down so we can react to illegal entry why not give ourselves as many advantages as we can after all do we even know who lives next door or down the block all I know about these people is the country they are coming from probably do not want them either, I hope they are good people who just want to live free and have responsibly to be a great American Citizen. Migrants do not be Illegal come thru Legally keep America Great!!

  • Thomas Crawford

    01/10/2019 11:38 AM

    I live in KY but working construction building wind farm in corpus criste TX about 300 workers here and about 98 percent support our president and what he is doing for our country so let him know the working people in this country are behind him and don’t let up

  • Charles Simmons

    01/10/2019 11:29 AM

    When democrats “win” America loses.

    Democrats : dragging USA down for nearly 200 years.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    01/10/2019 11:15 AM

    There are many videos out there showing the deplorable hypocrisy of Nancy Pelosi, Schuma cker, and President Obama demanding for more border security! Why do these people keep getting re-elected to office?

  • Chery Carr Holtman

    01/10/2019 10:59 AM

    I don't understand people refuse to look at the whole picture. Two countries are allowing their citizens to suffer from illegal activities of the people in the caravans and individuals to who come seeking to break their laws. The people of the caravans suffer, being lied to about what will happen by political forces seeking to force open borders on our country. Short term measures don't work. Almost everyone at one time or another has supported a wall - in some form - but now would rather fight for a political advantage over creating a real solution to a real problem. If it was wrong in 2006, it's wrong now no matter who is president. Long term suffering is coming to stay. Economically as well as socially. Bad blood so to speak. Division that will never be resolved. Millions - no billions in foreign aid but no money to protect our sovereignty? Countries have borders. Without them, we're Europe. That's not working out too well. People need to look long range at the problems we will have - continue to have really.

  • Dennis Flanery

    01/10/2019 10:54 AM

    I just finished reading "Never Again" by former AG John Ashcroft, written at least 10 years ago and one of the many security threats he reminds the reader about is the need for our immigration policy to be updated and the chronic issue of illegal entry to the United States across our southern border. I want my grandchildren and soon to be great grandchild to have the same opportunity that I enjoyed, to grow up and cherish the liberty of the United States of America!

  • Bonnie Corning

    01/10/2019 10:53 AM

    How do the Democrats know 90% (or whatever the number) of illegal drugs are coming into this country through legal entry points? If this is true why isn't it being stopped? Why is no one even on Fox questioning them on these two points?

  • Tetiana

    01/10/2019 10:53 AM

    It is time to create a bill for age limit for congress members!
    These out of ming senior citizens like Pelocy, Feinstein and Shumer must RETIRE and STOP wasting taxpayers money on doing absolutely NOTHING !!!!
    Thank you for your daughter Sara ! She is such a delight to watch and hear! God bless her heart for being so strong


    01/10/2019 10:51 AM

    What is the democrats solution other than a wall?

  • Linda swan

    01/10/2019 10:42 AM

    Thank you Mike huckabee for your input . There is a large division in our Country. This will definitely need the Almighty to intervene. There is a group of us praying. God Bless

  • Carl Serkland

    01/10/2019 10:41 AM

    Manufactured crises were the daily bread of the Obama administration, in keeping with Rahm Emmanuel's quote from Raul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals' "Never let a crisis go to waste". They also applied the corollary: "If you do not have a crisis, create one -- real or imaginary" that you can exploit. And BOTH sides have helped further this along by failing to operate in "Regular Order" by operating under Continuing Resolutions that provide new opportunities for a crisis every six weeks or so. When was the last time a Congress did one of its most important jobs and passed a full-year budget? They don't want to do so, this way they get many more opportunities for posturing and denigrating the other party.

  • stephen frier

    01/10/2019 10:39 AM

    Mike I'm 100% in agreement with you . Sadly I think this is the beginning of the end. At what point do ordinary citizens do something .We're heading towards chaos and civil war .

  • Bill Kohl

    01/10/2019 10:39 AM

    The best part of the declaration of national emergency is that the President has many options and virtually unlimited funds to resolve the crisis. The President also has the authority to declare war and commit troops when his military leadership instructs him to do so. Any one of us that worked at the Pentagon to equip, provide manpower and security assets for the counter drug mission could tell you that there are arrests made every day that prevent tragedies and save lives. Any military, law enforcement or border patrol agent family or friends can tell you that a huge wall would be their best form of protection to keep our country and kids safe. Better than a bulletproof vest, the wall also protects those that keep us safe every day. All people on the planet are welcome to apply to visit our homeland. All are available to apply for US citizenship, just get in line, have resume and references available, and come to the US to make life better and safer for your families and ours. President has the ultimate constitution authority to keep all of us safe. Worlds richest country, we should be able to build a wall better than every wall in the world. The money and lives we save we can invest in other great national infrastructure and security projects.

    The President needs to order NGB Civil Engineering Units to build a protection wall in record time. Throw in things we cannot go into detail on, such as radical Islam, Islamic terrorists , and radical home grown terrorists.

    If the wall saves one little girl or little boy, on either side of the wall: worth more than any amount of money in the world. Ask any mom.

    I pray that President Trump goes all out to build our protection wall in record time. Our National Guard needs the practice for future crisis and threats. Yea, get the secure briefing on that!