Build It Now: Two BRILLIANT Ideas to Pay for the Border Wall
Senator Luther Strange of Alabama has a novel idea to pay for the border wall, and it isn’t too far removed from President Trump’s promise to make Mexico pony up the money. The Republican thinks there could be a way to tie the border wall legislation to another, interrelated item on the president’s agenda: getting sanctuary cities in compliance with federal immigration law.
“It all boils down to public safety,” the senator said of sanctuary cities. “We say if you’re not going to allow [local officials to cooperate], then we’ll reallocate that money to another jurisdiction along the border so the wall can be built.”
Strange is introducing a bill that would accomplish just that. It would yank infrastructure and transportation funds from sanctuary cities and funnel the money towards constructing the wall.
According to a new report from Axios, Sen. Strange isn’t the only one coming up with out-of-the-box ideas to pay for the wall. The president himself told GOP leaders in Congress this week about another possible avenue towards funding:
In the meeting at the White House today with Republican Congressional leaders, President Trump spent some time talking up his latest idea for the border wall. According to 3 people with direct knowledge of the meeting, Trump floated the idea that the wall could be covered in solar panels and the electricity generated used to pay for the cost.
Of course, why are these schemes necessary in the first place? Because the Republican-controlled Congress doesn’t have the political appetite to actually pony up the money. They don’t have the will to put Democrats on the defensive and FORCE them to vote for funding. They don’t believe there’s enough American support for the wall to make it politically feasible, even though President Trump walloped every other Republican in the primaries on his way to decisively winning the election. These idiots apparently think people pulled the lever for Trump despite actually opposing his signature promise…
The best plan we’ve heard so far is the one where we either tax or confiscate the remittances of illegal immigrants. That would, essentially, be the true fulfillment of Trump’s promise to build the wall “and make Mexico pay for it.” But again, such a scheme takes political will on the part of the GOP, and Republicans have proven time and again that they’re all talk, no action when it comes to illegal immigration.
Thankfully, in the meantime, Trump and ICE are doing everything possible to slow the flow of immigrants across the border and send back the ones who are already here. The president knows that if we wait for Congress to do something…well, just look at the last thirty years to see what will happen.