Stephen Miller: “American People Want” Trump’s Border Wall
In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said that Democrats owed a debt of responsibility to the American people that included getting on board with President Trump’s demands for a border wall. Miller said it was an outrage that a “left-wing activist” judge had blocked the president’s executive order denying illegal border crossers an opportunity to claim asylum, and he made it clear that Trump did not intend to give his endorsement to any spending bill that did not include $5 billion in wall funding.
In reference to a young girl who died last week in Border Patrol custody, Miller said that it should be a wakeup call to anyone who thinks border security is merely about protecting the United States.
“One of the great tragedies is the loopholes in our immigration laws and deficiencies in immigration laws and left wing rulings that incentivize the most vulnerable populations to come to our country,” Miller said. “Last year 100,000 unaccompanied children or children traveling with adults showed up at our southern border.
“President Trump took dramatic action, issued an executive order directing illegal traffic to the ports of entry,” he continued. “But a left-wing activist judge issued a reckless, nationwide injunction putting thousands of lives at risk.”
He said that the only solution to the quagmire was to build the border wall that inspired millions of Americans to vote for Donald Trump.
“This is what the American people want,” he said. “Both parties to come together for the sake of American children, for the sake of children all across this hemisphere to create a lawful system of immigration, not the lawless chaos that is perpetuated.”
Unfortunately, there seems to be little chance of that happening. Democrats know it would be political suicide with their fringe-left base if they were to give in on this highly-charged issue. Even if they really did believe in securing the border – which they of course do not – they would dig their heels in. They believe that Trump is going to take full blame for the impending shutdown, and they believe that the courts will continue to protect Dreamers from the administration’s wrath. Thus, they have very little reason, politically, to budge when it comes to the wall.
The only thing that might change the calculation is if we see the polls start to turn precipitously against the Democrats on matters of illegal immigration. But as long as the mainstream media is controlling the narrative, that’s unlikely to happen either. That leaves Trump to turn the narrative by himself, because we certainly don’t trust congressional Republicans to help him do it.
Frankly, we have a sinking feeling that Trump is going to give in on this spending bill and keep the government funded, postponing the wall fight yet again.