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Do You Want Congress to Fund a Border Wall?

by Countable | Updated on 12.12.18

What’s the story?

  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday referenced the recent mass shooting in France – which has been labeled a terror attack – in his petitioning of Democrats to give him the funding he wants for his border wall with Mexico.
  • "Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more," the president said in a tweet, before urging Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) to “give us the votes to get additional Border Security!”
  • The tweet came one day after Trump’s tense Oval Office meeting with Schumer and Pelosi where the president said he’d be "proud to shut down the government for border security."

What does the president want? What are both sides offering?

  • Trump has demanded $5 billion for the border wall, but Schumer has drawn a red line on providing no more than $1.3 billion—to be used for "border security," not a wall.
  • The Hill is reporting that “House Republican leaders are contemplating bringing legislation to the floor that would provide the $5 billion [for the wall]…even though it is far from clear they can win 218 Republican votes for the legislation.”
  • Members of the House Freedom Caucus on Monday called for GOP leadership to include $5 billion in funding to build a wall and language aimed at ending "catch and release" policies.
“This is our last chance to address illegal immigration before Democrats take over the House," the group said in a statement. "Republicans in Congress must fulfill our promise to the American people by building President Trump’s wall, ending catch and release, and securing our borders.”
  • Some Republicans have also openly expressed support for Trump’s proposal to have the military build his southern border wall.
“The president’s got a lot of leeway on all this. Under the Constitution, he has the right and duty to defend the nation and protect the borders and everything that goes with it,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman who’d oversee Pentagon spending on a border wall.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told senators at a hearing Tuesday that the agency is not looking to build a single 2,000-mile concrete barrier along the southern border, but instead wants 1,100 miles of a “border wall system” that would include natural barriers and steel fencing that agents can see through.

What do you think?

Do you want Congress to provide funds for a border wall? If so, how much and for what? Take action above, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / vichinterlang)

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  • Esther
    Voted No
    12/12/2018
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    We have more important things to spend it on, health care and education for starters.

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  • Joellen
    12/12/2018
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    I don’t think it’s a good use of money right now. I think the money should go to Medicare, SS & health care for all.

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  • John
    Voted Maybe
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    This whole “wall” debate would be a lot more productive if the president would stop referring to it as a wall. It is just not economically feasible to build a true wall the length of the US/Mexico border. Asking for funds to improve border security is more inline with reality. But then again, our president does not deal in reality but rather over the top statements that are self-aggrandizing.

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  • Riley
    Voted Yes
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    Yes please fund the wall! I support the president.

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  • David
    Voted No
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    Stupid racist nonsense.

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  • Kelly
    12/12/2018
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    Many more important things to spend our money on!! Healthcare, displacement programs for veterans and immigrants, protecting our children from armed shooters. Most immigrants come by sea anyway! No we don’t want a completely pointless border wall that will waste American time, money and resources. Let’s open our eyes here.

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  • ConservativeGuy
    Voted Yes
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    Absolutely. Shovel ready job!

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  • Cynthia
    Voted Maybe
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    We need to make clear that you have to respect those who are here that came and are awaiting their turns

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  • Judy
    Voted No
    12/12/2018
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    We don’t need a wall. We need to review immigration policies.

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  • AlexPanda
    Voted No
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    I would rather the money going towards the border wall go towards improving our education system, immigration reform (making the process less daunting), improving our infrastructure, etc.

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  • William
    Voted No
    12/12/2018
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    I believe there are better ways to spend the money on border security that has been proven to work rather than building a wall that makes it harder, but not impossible to go through. If there's a will, there's a way

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  • Arnold
    Voted Yes
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    We need funding for border wall, and other efforts to fight illegal immigrants. We are a nation of laws. Don’t let individuals in to our nation that do not respect that.

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  • Vicki
    Voted No
    12/12/2018
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    A border wall is ridiculous thought up by someone who is just as ridiculous. That money can be better spent on education, healthcare, veterans and infrastructure

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  • Sara
    12/12/2018
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    Absolutely not! We do not have the money to throw away on this utterly useless project. Our roads & Bridges need this money.

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  • John
    Voted Yes
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    Elections have consequences. President Trump was elected to build the wall and so it should be. Not because President Trump wants it but because Americans want it.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted No
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    No money pit environmental disaster monument to racism and xenophobia. No wall.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted Yes
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    Fund the wall!

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  • Stewart
    Voted Yes
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    Fund the wall.

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  • SneakyPete
    12/13/2018
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    Build the Wall..... Secure the Border AND the Democratic Leftist still don’t understand WHY we must secure our porous Southern Border? WHY ONE MITE ASK? Simple If only the left would listen: 1: Stop ✋🏻 the illegals from entering our country. 2: Stop the flow of illegal Drugs crossing the border. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*12*18.....

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  • Tina
    Voted No
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    We have bigger problems then finding a border which as part of his Campaign promises Mexico would fund that wall. Now he wants Americans to agree to a higher deficit to fund a 5 billion dollars wall. Let’s address the bigger issues.

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  • Maria
    Voted No
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    NO WALL!!

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