Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) tried to make the case against funding the border wall by issuing a sarcastic fact check, but she was quickly hit with a fact check of her own by Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas).
The United States is 22 days into the partial government shutdown, which is a new record for U.S. shutdowns. The main disagreement between the White House and Democrats is funding for border security, specifically funding for a wall.
Democrats have been peddling two reasons they oppose the wall: it’s expensive and it’s ineffective.
As IJR previously reported, Crenshaw has already picked apart the claim that the wall is too expensive after he noted that the requested five billion is only 0.01 percent of the federal budget.
On Saturday, Feinstein took to Twitter to make a point about the wall being ineffective, prompting Crenshaw to step in and straighten out her talking points.
Feinstein explained that a large portion of illegal immigrants in the U.S. entered the country legally, but then broke the law and stayed in the country on expired papers and a wall canty stop that from happening.
Fact check: Nearly half of all undocumented immigrants come to the United States legally but then overstay their visas. A border wall would do nothing to curb visa overstays.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 11, 2019
Crenshaw quickly issued a “fact check” of his own, reminding Feinstein that no one is claiming the wall will solve all immigration violations in the U.S.
Why are you arguing with a point that no one is making?
This border security plan is about the nearly 400,000 illegal aliens apprehended crossing the border last year.
Fact check. https://t.co/n6u1GiU2IT
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 13, 2019
As Crenshaw pointed out, Republicans have spent very little time focusing on the number of illegal immigrants entering the country and much more time talking about the drugs and crime associated with illegal border crossings.
During his national broadcast on immigration, President Donald Trump described the situation at the border as a “crisis of the heart” and called on Congress to fulfill their “sacred duty” to protect the American people. His speech was all about protecting American citizens.
Several people joined Crenshaw in calling out Feinstein for making an irrelevant point and also asked her to start coming up with a solution for overstayed visas since she is suddenly concerned about the issue.
I Googled you and learned that you have a job where you can help curb visa overstays
Work on that https://t.co/khpJcwWAKd
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) January 13, 2019
Fact check: You can address that too. But trying to sell the idea that a major part of a problem isn't worth addressing because you're not addressing the whole problem is stupid, especially when it's your job to address all the problems. #BuildTheWall https://t.co/s0G75X9aGO
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 13, 2019
It isn’t clear when the government will reopen. Both sides seem to be unwilling to concede their current positions. President Trump told reporters he would keep the government shutdown for “years” if it means he would get the five billion for the wall. Speaker Nancy Pelosi started the negotiations with an offer of one dollar, and there hasn’t been much progress since.