Kirsters Baish| President Trump had a stroke of genius when he proposed that the border wall between the United States and Mexico be financed by withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities. He is being backed by Representative Mark Meadows.
During his visit to California to inspect border wall prototypes, Trump said, “In the upcoming omnibus budget bill, Congress must fund the border wall and prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten the security of our country and the people of our country. We must enforce our laws and protect our people.”
“California sanctuary policies put the entire nation at risk. They’re the best friend of the criminal. That’s what exactly is happening. The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities, and it’s very dangerous for our police and enforcement folks,” he continued.
Trump claimed that he might even consider vetoing the spending bill if it gives funding to sanctuary cities, whether or not there are also provisions for the proposed border wall.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) March 13, 2018
Representative Meadows had similar things to say during an appearance on “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”
“On March 23, we have an omnibus coming up that will fund the entire government, and I believe that we need to put money in for the wall,” Meadows explained. “Perhaps one of the pay-fors would be this: let’s take some of that money that is going in to these sanctuary cities and sanctuary states – who refuse to uphold the rule of law and make sure that their communities are safe – perhaps we take that money back and use it on a down payment on the wall.”
Build The Wall: @RepMarkMeadows: @realDonaldTrump is committed to building the wall, we just need to pay for it. Let’s take federal money from sanctuary cities and use it as a down payment on the wall. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/hx5J2R3igP
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 13, 2018
President Trump has stated numerous times that Mexico will be paying for the cost of the border wall, but construction of the wall must begin sooner rather than later, no matter how the wall is being financed.
The wall could pay for itself rather quickly if it keeps out half of the illegal immigrants that we are hoping it does. New research was published by the Center for Immigration Studies projects and it found that “The findings of this analysis show that if a border wall stopped a small fraction of the illegal immigrants who are expected to come in the next decade, the fiscal savings from having fewer illegal immigrants in the country would be sufficient to cover the costs of the wall,” explains Steven Camarota, director of research at CIS. “Based on National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine data, illegal border-crossers create an average fiscal burden of approximately $74,722 during their lifetimes, excluding any costs for their U.S.-born children. If a border wall stopped between 160,000 and 200,000 illegal crossers — 9 to 12 percent of those expected to successfully cross in the next decade — the fiscal savings would equal the $12 to $15 billion cost of the wall.”
President Trump tweeted a Fox News report on the study this past Tuesday.
“According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the $18 billion wall will pay for itself by curbing the importation of crime, drugs and illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole…” https://t.co/NdLC6jZwWE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
CIS reported that there are roughly 300 state and local governments that provide “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants, even though this breaks federal law.
Tuesday’s victory for the Trump administration came after a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the state of Texas in their hopes of cracking down on sanctuary cities.