Donald Trump took his first trip to California on Tuesday to look at prototypes various construction companies have built in preparation for the president’s long-promised border wall between the United States and Mexico. In remarks to reporters from Otay Mesa, President Trump said that you didn’t have to like the idea of building a wall to understand its necessity.
“Say what you want,” he said. “This is life. These are the facts of life. This part of San Diego needs a wall. They want a wall very desperately.”
While visiting the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol center, the president took a close look at the first concrete manifestations of a promise that came to symbolize his run for office. From the first moment that he dropped his hat into the ring, “We’re going to build a wall, and Mexico is going to pay for it” turned into the defining slogan of his candidacy, perhaps even outstripping “Make America Great Again,” the campaign’s official motto. You can cite whatever polls you like, but the fact that Trump won the election proves that the American people have had it up to here with rampant illegal immigration.
And now we’re on the verge of getting something done about a problem that has festered for decades.
“If you don’t have a wall system, we’re not going to have a country,” the president said.
Trump went on to say that Congress needed to pony up at least $12 billion for the wall in the next budget. He said that lawmakers should also pass legislation denying sanctuary cities and states from getting their hands on federal funds.
“California’s sanctuary policies put the entire nation at risk,” he said. “The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities. It’s very dangerous for our police and law enforcement folks – the smugglers, traffickers, and gang members taking refuge. These policies release dangerous criminal offenders to prey on innocent people, and nullify the federal law. They are threatening the security of the safety of the people of our country.”
Trump expressed ambivalence as to whether or not Mexico really would shell out the money necessary to pay for the wall, admitting that President Pena Nieto had thus far refused to come around. In any event, he claimed, the wall would pay for itself many times over by saving taxpayers “hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drug flow, welfare fraud, and burdens on schools and hospitals.”
We have no doubt.