Trump Tweets While Border Burns

A couple nights ago, the president Tweeted:

“…Mexico must apprehend all illegals and not let them make the long march to the United States or we will have no other choice than to Close the Border and/or institute Tariffs. Our country is FULL.”

Did you hear the sound of muffled laughter coming from Mexico City?

  • We send troops to the border – for administrative duties. Then they’re withdrawn.
  • The president declares he’ll declare a national emergency. After playing with that idea for a while, he decides the time isn’t right.
  • Then things are so dire that he’ll shut the border. Then he won’t. Then he may if Mexico doesn’t shape up. The pendulum is swinging so fast it’s become a blur.
  • So far this year more than 80 miles of “border-barrier” have been built, with another 450 miles planned by the end of 2020. That may stop a few of the lame and the vision-impaired.
  • The president has visited the border more often than he visits Mar-a-Lago. We know he’s concerned – unlike his predecessors. But, as my father used to say: “That an 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee in a cheap restaurant.” (He said it a long time ago.)

In the meantime:

  • They’re coming at the rate of 100,000 a month. Those are the ones we catch.

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We’ve run out of beds in detention centers. Except for the most dangerous, as soon as the invaders are processed, they’re fitted with an ankle-bracelet and given a court date — which 90% will ignore and vanish into the immigrant population.

  • These uninvited guests make up 21% of the federal prison population alone.
  • There are 730,000 behind bars in state and federal prisons. They’re responsible for 7.5 million offenses, including: 500,000 assaults – 133,800 sex crimes – 33,300 homicides and 24,200 kidnappings. Incarcerating them costs $2.5 billion a year.
  • Since 2009 heroin seizures at our southwestern border almost tripled.

Overall, President Trump has done wonders in two years. He’s given us a robust economy. Taxes are down. Unemployment is down. He’s liberated domestic energy production. He’s appointing scores of constitutionalists to the federal courts; their impact will be felt for decades.

But when it comes to the greatest threat to our survival we face; the president puts posturing above policy. We are losing our language, our culture and our country – while Trump Tweets merrily away.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,

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