Immigration

Report: No Border Lawmakers Support Trump’s Fantasy Wall

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Wall Street Journal spoke to every member of Congress hailing from districts along our southern border and, while some Republicans didn't directly answer the question, none expressed open support for Trump's fantasy border wall.

Per the report, the Wall Street Journal surveyed lawmakers who represent territory on the United States' southwest border and found that most are opposed to Trump's request for funding to begin work on the wall, while many still have questions.

"Not a single member of the House or Senate representing the region expressed support for the funding request," per the report, which noted that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were included in the survey.

The most amusing face-saving deflection was offered by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) who said he will "continue to review options as the current appropriations process moves forward."

That's incredibly funny because there is no appropriations process.

Moreover, Republicans have not completed the appropriations process in years. The federal government is currently funded by a continuing resolution of the fiscal 2016 budget signed by President Obama which was more or less a continuance of the fiscal 2015 budget. Federal spending has been almost static for several years.

The last time Republicans attempted to complete the appropriations process, they called the whole thing off to avoid holding a vote on displaying the Confederate flag at federal cemeteries.

  • muselet

    I do wonder how many border-state (and -district) Rs will get primaried from the Right becaust they didn’t jump to support Donald Trump’s Big Beautiful Wall the first chance they got. The Base is not likely to be in a forgiving mood if the thing isn’t built.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Eminent Domain would be well deserved for any land owning Trump voter in a border state.

    So you wanted a wall huh? Heh, heh, heh… Bend over!

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Haven’t you heard? They’re suggesting that the wall should be built… on the other side of the border.

      I’m 99% sure the Eminent Domain doesn’t apply to taking property from other countries, but I don’t think Trump et al give a shit.

      • ninjaf

        I believe that would be called an “act of war,” if anything.

        Well, if it worked for his buddy, Putin, in Crimea…

      • Scopedog

        They are as clumsy as they are stupid, to quote a certain Sith Lord…..

    • Draxiar

      I’m old enough to remember when there was a big hullabaloo about a rancher in Nevada, Cliven Bundy, using federal land for grazing his cattle and owing a couple million for doing so. Many of the locals stood in the way of BLM agents that came to arrest the man threatening revolution to defend his illegal activity claiming government overreach. Oh and let’s not forget the wildlife refuge in Oregon! I wonder how those same people would feel about the acquisition of private land through eminent domain for this pointless border wall.

      • They might be ok, since it is someone else’s land that’s taken, for the purpose of harming and insulting people they don’t like.