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.
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.