President Trump today heads to the Rio Grande, where he will receive briefings on border security and on the effort to combat illegal immigration.
I think he’s putting his ducks in a row.
The president is probably going to soon declare an “emergency” exists and the border and start moving money so he can build the wall. It’s an existential issue for him. He cannot go back on the campaign trail if his signature promise is not at least partially being realized.
Trump right now is trying to show that he has done everything he can before resorting to an emergency declaration. He has met three times this week with Democrats, trying to strike a deal. They refuse to budge one inch, knowing that they’ll get slammed by their own base if they do.
I suspect both Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi actually want a deal, because the money we’re talking about, in terms of government spending, is so small. And the wall would only be partially built. But then they’d have to deal with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, etc.
After having done all he can with Democrats, gone to see the border for himself, and delivered a national address on the issue, Trump will be in a position to say, I tried, and I’ve seen the problem, I’ve explained it to the American people, and now we’ve got to do something.
Democrats will argue, and the press will trumpet, that there is no emergency because things haven’t gotten worse recently. But that’s a red herring. Because what hasn’t been recognized is that hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants attempting to cross each year, and 11 million residing in the United States, is an emergency, and has been for a long time.