Bill From 2006 Gives Trump The Authority To Build The Wall
When Donald Trump takes office at the end of January, one “shovel-ready” job may be building that wall on the southern border.
Without a doubt, President-elect Trump’s most repeated and cheered-at campaign promise was that he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico, hoping to cut off the flow of illegal immigrants that has been ignored for years.
Democrats predictably opposed Trump’s proposed wall, despite the obvious economic and national security benefits that would result.
It turns out that Democrats have little argument to make, seeing as many of Trump’s staunchest critics have already given the presidency and Department of Homeland Security all the power it needs to build a wall. In fact, Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supported the Secure Fence Act in 2006. Even Dianne Feinstein Voted for the bill.
The Secure Fence Act, in part, gives the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to:
“…Take all actions the secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States.”
With Trump picking General John Kelly as his Secretary of Homeland Security, one can be sure that he plans on acting on the leeway this bill gives him to protect US citizens. The bill goes on to say that DHS actions should include:
“…Physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful entry by aliens into the United States”
“…The prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.”
Donald Trump was endlessly ridiculed for suggesting that not all illegal immigrants are upstanding people, and yet Hillary Clinton, as a Senator, signed a bill that said the same thing.
The bill goes on to describe different types of security that should be used, including surveillance and reinforced double fences.
Again, this was a bipartisan bill. 283-138 in the House and 80-19 in the Senate.
The Secure Fence Act was never fully implemented due to lack of funding and that is probably going to be Donald Trump’s largest hurdle for this task.
That and the inevitable liberal protests that will try to stop or sabotage construction.
However, with regards to funding, if Donald Trump holds true to having Mexico pay for it, then construction could be well underway in the first months of his presidency.
Source – Bizpac Review
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