Trump Mocks Alternative Border Security Like Drones as ‘Lots of Fun’ but Ineffective — He Wants a Wall

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President Donald Trump won’t settle for an alternative type of border security. He wants a wall.

The president has been engaged in a battle to secure wall funding since he first promised it during the launch of his presidential campaign.

His calls for a wall were amplified after a caravan of thousands of Central Americans made their way toward the United States.

As the caravan neared, President Trump deployed troops to the border to assist law enforcement and completely shut down portions of the border to prevent migrants from entering the country to try and claim asylum — despite many of them not qualifying as asylum seekers.

The president claimed on Twitter on Sunday that this expensive operation to stop the caravan could have been avoided had a border wall been built already:

In his most recent fight with Democrats over border security, President Trump refused to sign an appropriations bill unless it had additional funds for building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Because he and Democratic leadership did not reach an agreement by Friday night, the U.S. government entered a partial shutdown.

Although President Trump canceled his trip to Florida for Christmas, most of the Senate went home and will not return to D.C. until an agreement has been made between Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y), Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Trump.

Although President Trump conceded building a concrete wall, he still remains adamant that a physical barrier of steel slats is built along the border:

As part of these negotiations, there have been proposals to increase alternative forms of border security without building a wall. This would include deploying high tech means of searching cars and advanced surveillance using drones.

President Trump took to Twitter to double down on his demand for an “old-fashioned wall” instead of a “fun” high tech alternative, claiming that a wall is the only effective way to stop criminals and drugs from entering the country:

During his heated exchange with Schumer and Pelosi prior to the shutdown, Trump noted that the wall used by Israel is incredibly effective, which has been verified by Politifact. However, the Department of Homeland Security published a report by the U.S. Senate claiming border patrol leadership would prefer an increase in technology to a wall.

Either way, the president must get 60 votes in the Senate to pass any funding, so he must get the Democrats on board with the wall — a move that doesn’t seem likely. According to Trump’s acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, the shutdown could continue into the New Year and the new Congress.

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William Conley
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So these people think they deserve to enter my country illegally because it’s rough where they are from? Heres an idea they can’t seem to grasp fix your own damn country’s problems instead of running away from them like the founders did. They tried to come here to be free and were still persucuted and taxed unjustly. They fought against the largest empire in the world and against all odds won their freedom. Stop making your problem my country’s problem and follow our laws it’s that simple.

Barbara Foster
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And anyone who has a brain agrees with the President.

Screwtape
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Trump is being ignorant. Tech MUST be part of border security. Mine fields. ARMED UAVs. Seismographs. Monitoring communications on both sides of the border.

While I kid about sharks w/ frickin’ lasers and lab-bred Chupacabras (If only), tech MUST be part of the border security plan. Even if it means scanning each vehicle and person that crosses a point-of-entry. q.v. the TSA

deb
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gofundmethewall is for all Patriotic American citizens to get involved & become a part of History. Join numbersusa.org, citizens against government waste & judicial watch. Do something instead of just posting on blogs.

Audrey Eisenstadt
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Ask a stupid president what to do, he will hire his company, make money and screw america. This has nothing to do with security, just profit. He wants his companies to build wall, like everything he does, he does for money not security or america.

Cherl
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Of course, they went home. Their dedication to the position they were elected to hold is underwhelming. Had to check that this is IJR Red. Didn’t see evidence of President Trump mocking drones. His observation was spot on. Writer Dibble might want to check her CNN take before hitting the keyboard.

Oscar Williams
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He’s RIGHT, AGAIN! And Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee from The Sandbox, has a “Go Fund Me” page going for US to contribute to The Wall. Please do this! So far, his page has garnered over $1.5 million, and is growing. This will be a HUGE BOOST to President Trump, and will get the attention of RINOS and DemonRats (whether they will change remains to be seen). Brian’s page has no administrative fees. There is a spot for a “tip” I guess for the Facebook use. Lets show Congress!

Patti Harrison
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Being from Tucson, we must have the border wall built, and soon!!! Tired of all the illegal aliens coming here and getting benefits for free!!!

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