Leave it to the Republicans to look for creative solutions to tough problems.
Meanwhile, the Democrats only know how to obstruct and resist, it seems.
Mark Randall Meadows is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district since January 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party and chair of the Freedom Caucus. He is considered one of Donald Trump’s closest allies in Congress.
And he just came up with a great idea.
Here’s the Tweet he just posted:
Democrats have made it extremely clear this shutdown is all about opposing Trump for them. It’s time to pursue other options. 10 USC 274/284 would allow for fence construction without national emergency. Protect our communities, build the wall, and forget unreasonable Democrats.
Our friends over at NOQreport broke it down like this:
These provisions of general military powers deal with the “maintenance and operation of equipment” and “support for counterdrug activities and activities to counter transnational organized crime.” If you’re wondering what any of that has to do with the border wall President Trump wants, the answer is disappointing. They don’t allow for a wall.
But they do allow for a fence.
Specifically, it allows for:
“Construction of roads and fences and installation of lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States.”
There would be no need to declare a national emergency to make it happen. Technically, the President wouldn’t even need to sign off. Congress has already appropriated powers to the Secretary of Defense to provide support “for other departments or agencies of the Federal Government or a State, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies” to help them fight transnational drug smuggling and organized crime at the border.
While no definition of a fence is detailed, it could be complicated to try to define steel slats as a fence. Nevertheless, fences like the one pictured above in Israel have proven their value.
Israel recently demonstrated with their fence on the Egyptian border that barriers work. They were able to cut illegal immigration to nearly zero after its completion in 2012. It’s under 150 miles worth of fence compared to nearly 2000 miles of border with Mexico, but considering what we have now – open air along most of the border – this would be an incredible improvement.
Tell Nancy To BUILD THE WALL NOW! 💥
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