As you know, I welcome all points of view and am fine with being put in the “hot seat” to support my own. So here’s a letter that came in Thursday from reader Pernell D. regarding my commentary on “Trump’s Wall.”
The money spent on something that is not needed and is impractical instead of solutions that are needed is a political farce. There are places that need a physical wall of some kind and the money should go to fix security infrastructure. This is not about border security, but is purely political. We need to enforce the visa laws and other effective solutions. Gangs, drug trafficking, isn't going to be fixed this way, remember, El Chapo. Plus, the Dems wanted to give Trump his money to appease him, but he refused because of DACA. Why doesn't Trump have the Russians pay for, they owe him that for betraying our country. I hope I hear the Dems say "Lock him up". Thanks, ex-Conservative Republican.
Thanks for writing, Pernell. I don’t know what turned you into an ex-conservative, but if it’s mostly a matter of today’s political climate and Trump’s bombastic style, I hope you’ll re-thnk that at some point.
The money at stake here is really such a small “down payment” that it makes little sense to use fiscal restraint as an argument against a border barrier. You appear to agree with one thing I said: that there are places where an effective physical barrier is needed and other places where different solutions must be found. (For example, we have places in Texas where the border is in the middle of a river.) But let’s get started on constructing the barrier where we know it will work, as we continue to develop a comprehensive plan for border control.
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You also won’t find any disagreement from me on the need to enforce visa laws. In fact, when it comes to the enforcement of immigration laws, you’ll find a lot more disagreement on the Democratic side than you will here. And legislators really needs to fix laws that tie the hands of our immigration officials at the border, but don’t expect that from this Congress.
Trump has shown willingness to negotiate on DACA, etc., to get the necessary appropriations. At this point, it appears to be the Democrats who have dug in and refuse to do anything that helps Trump get “his wall.” And THAT’S where it gets, as you say, “purely political.” Complain to Sen. Chuck Schumer about that. (He was for a barrier at the border before he was against it.)
Your mindset becomes clear when you sign off by accusing Trump of “betraying our country” with the Russians. For literally years now, we here at Huckabee.com have been examining all aspects of the “Trump/Russia” investigation with an electron microscope and can find no evidence to support such an accusation. We’re not playing politics with this and if we had something that implicated Trump, we would say so. Certainly we would not stand by and let any president, Democrat or Republican, betray his country! But what we see are poorly-sourced “news” stories that the media eagerly run with but that turn out to be false or at best unproven, “journalism’s” equivalent of the Steele dossier.
If it’s determined that Michel Cohen actually went to Prague and “colluded” on Trump’s behalf –- and with his knowledge –- to win in 2016, then we can pick this conversation up again. But for now, the hard evidence we see for lawbreaking and even some Russian “collusion” happens to be associated with the Clintons.
Again, thanks for writing; I really want to hear and address opposing views. At the same time, I hope you’ll take Dr. Huckabee’s advice for treating Trump Derangement Syndrome: avoid CNN and MSNBC, and read my newsletter twice a day!