Tag Archives: border wall

Another open letter to Trump

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. Trump: Yesterday you crowed that you’ll renegotiate NAFTA to ensure that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will be paid for by Mexicans. I do wish that you’d make up your mind. You repeatedly complain that under current NAFTA rules Mexicans export to us Americans too many goods and services — an outcome that, you insist, damages the American economy. Yet your boast that you’re ‘going to take a small percentage of that money [from a renegotiated NAFTA] and it’s going toward the wall’ implies that Americans will receive Mexican-produced goods and services as payment for the wall.” (01/12/18)


The company behind the “party game for horrible people” bought a vacant plot of land on the Mexico border to stymie Trump’s wall

Source: MSN

“The company behind Cards Against Humanity, the self-described ‘party game for horrible people,’ has purchased a vacant plot of land on the US-Mexico border, just to get in the way of President Trump’s planned wall. Cards Against Humanity harbors no illusions that it’ll be able to stop the construction of the wall entirely. But the company has hired a law firm specializing in eminent domain, just ‘to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built,’ it said on a new website dubbed ‘Cards Against Humanity Saves America.’ ‘Donald Trump is a preposterous golem who is afraid of Mexicans’ the company said on the site. ‘He is so afraid that he wants to build a $20 billion wall that everyone knows will accomplish nothing.'” [hat tip — David Klaus] (11/14/17)


CA: Becerra sues Trump regime over border wall plan

Source: Bloomberg

“The state of California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against President Trump’s proposed plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, announced in a statement that he has filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The lawsuit argues that the Department of Homeland Security improperly waived the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws pertaining to immigration and the environment to expedite construction of the border wall in two California counties. The lawsuit also claims that the DHS violated the 10th Amendment of the Constitution and the separation of powers doctrine.” (09/20/17)


Mexico: Nieto vows to defend NAFTA, nation’s “dignity”

Source: Reuters

“Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday defended free trade and young migrants in the United States, saying his government would not accept insults against ‘national dignity’ from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Trade negotiators from Canada, the United States and Mexico are working through the weekend in Mexico City to present more proposals for a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump just this week threatened to rip up. … Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday whether he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was put in place under former President Barack Obama and which protects nearly 800,000 young men and women from deportation. … Trump this week also insisted again that Mexico would eventually pay for his proposed wall on the southern U.S. border to block the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs.” (09/02/17)


Why Trump’s wall is not going to happen

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Donald Trump has served one-seventh of his constitutionally allotted term of office, and given his talent for self-destruction, there is no guarantee he will get to serve the remaining six-sevenths. But whether he does or not, one thing is a safe bet: When he leaves the White House, there will not be a wall running the length of our southern border.” (08/27/17)


TX: Marchers protest plans for border wall

Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

“Gracie Ramos is accustomed to her beliefs taking her miles by foot across South Texas streets. She and the other faithful of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church trek each Palm Sunday from the large brick church to the small, simply structured La Lomita, a chapel not far from the banks of the Rio Grande and the inspiration for the name of the city where she has always lived — Mission. Saturday, she and hundreds of others walked the same 4-mile route through the heavy August air. There were no palms in hand. Instead, they carried signs condemning President Trump’s proposed border wall and promoting care for the community’s natural and cultural assets. On the sloped, graveled levees that lead away from the main road — the last half-mile stretch to the chapel — is where construction of a border wall has been proposed. Community leaders say doing so would likely cut off the historic church from the rest of the city, trapping it in a no-man’s land between the wall and the winding, languid Rio Grande.” (08/12/17)


DHS eases environment laws for Berlin … er, border … wall near San Diego

Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday it would waive environmental and related laws in order to expedite building security-related barriers and roads along the nation’s border with Mexico near San Diego. The projects would focus on about 15 miles (24 km) of the frontier extending eastward from the Pacific Ocean as part of President Donald Trump’s planned wall between the United States and Mexico, the DHS said in a statement. It said the area is one of the busiest U.S. border sections. ‘The sector remains an area of high illegal entry for which there is an immediate need to improve current infrastructure and construct additional border barriers and roads,’ the DHS said. Environmental impact studies generally are required under federal law for building on public lands but in this case the waiver will eliminate a study.” (08/01/17)


The GOP died at the border wall

Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“In President Trump’s America, anti-immigration animus is fast becoming the main organizing principle of the Grand Old Party. Not fiscal responsibility. Not the free market. Anti-immigrant fever. For proof, look no further than the recent antics of two prominent Republicans: Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), both of whom have worked with the White House and floated plans to sacrifice traditional conservative economic principles to promote a harsh immigration agenda. … fiscal responsibility is not the only GOP principle that the anti-immigration fever is burning. Sen. Cotton, a rising star of the party, unveiled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act last week. This legislation also disses the party’s commitment to markets and competition — everything that Republicans have long credited for making America great. The Cotton bill would slash legal immigration in half by 2027 because he feels it’s the government’s duty to protect American workers from too much labor competition. So much for limiting the size and scope of government!” (07/24/17)


US House bill allocates $1.6 billion for Berlin … er, border … wall

Source: The Hill

“The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a bill allocating $1.6 billion to begin construction of a physical barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, one of President Trump’s central campaign promises. The bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year 2018 also negates one of Trump’s central promises, that Mexico would pay for the construction of the wall. … Conservative [sic] lawmakers in recent days had begun warning that they would pull their votes from a budget and spending plan that failed to fund the wall.” (07/11/17)


Trump pitches solar panels for border wall after Paris withdrawal

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader

“President Donald Trump may have found a place where he can embrace renewable energy: on his proposed border wall. Less than a week after pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, Trump told congressional leaders he is exploring the idea of attaching solar panels to a wall he wants to build along the southern border, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., confirmed to reporters.” (06/06/17)