Dan Crenshaw Draws Upon His Navy SEAL Experience to Explain Exactly Why the Border Wall Would Work

Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is stepping up to defend President Donald Trump’s long-promising push for $5 billion in border wall funding, as he’s sharing his personal military experience to relate how a border wall is efficient for border security.

The president’s push for the border wall created a feud with Democrats and ultimately resulted in a partial government shutdown, which is now in its twelfth day.

Additionally, on New Year’s, around 150 immigrants tried to climb over or under the border fences into the U.S., as IJR Red reported.

Crenshaw, a congressman-elect who caught popularity in the latest midterm elections, appeared on Fox News to explain that walls really do work, something he knows from experience.

Crenshaw said on “Fox & Friends”:

“A wall is effective. It’s a crucial part of border security. I spent a whole career infiltrating places. And you know what? When we come up upon a wall, it matters. We have to plan around it. It’s a mitigating factor if you’re trying to enter or cross from point A to point B.”

“I would like to hear some reasoning behind that,” Crenshaw said, questioning why Democrats are calling the border “too expensive” and “medieval.”

“It’s not too expensive, it’s .1 percent of our entire federal budget. .1 percent is what we’re talking about, that’s what five billion dollars ends up being. So it’s really not about the money,” he added.

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The Navy SEAL veteran suggested that for Democrats it’s about “semantics,” that they don’t like the word “wall.”

“And for some reason, they don’t value this idea of border security, they don’t value the sanctity of our borders and that’s really problematic, especially for a border state like Texas,” Crenshaw said. “We’re on the front lines down there.”

Crenshaw claimed Democrats who are opposing President Trump’s push for funding are doing so only to “score points” against the president by “destroying” his campaign promise of building the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, adding the opposition is “at the expense of our security.”

Another GOP in Washington, D.C., House Majority Whip Steve Scalise rebuked Democrats’ hypocrisy as some of the top Democrats have flipped their tune on border security since President Trump took office, as IJR Red reported.

“As we start the new year, it’s time that Democrats stop playing games with the safety of our country,” Scalise wrote a Fox News op-ed, calling for Democrats to give an alternative if they won’t pass on the bill that would include border wall funding.


  1. Crenshaw is right. Walls work. Consider the wall around Nancy Pelosi’s SF mansion. Consider the wall around The Vatican and the one in Israel. Even Chuckie’s “pad” in DC has an iron fence.

    Of course the wall itself should only be part of a system of deterrence.

  2. I guess my question would be: when you came upon a wall, did you shrug your shoulders and turn back around or did you find a way in?

    No, these people aren’t military, but they are no less determined. A wall is a temporary bandaid. Build it, fine. But the big thing we need is immigration reform.

  3. The Democrats sound bite of “a wall doesn’t work” isn’t effective, because an argument like Crenshaw’s can take that down easily. Dems really need to start explaining WHY they think a wall wouldn’t work, whether it be because the gov would have to seize land from private citizens creating legal battles, it would disrupt animal migration, it will probably cost more that $5 billion, and the simple fact that the large majority of undocumented immigrants come over by plane.

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