A Wall Is Not The Problem, So What Is?
Democrats Admit They Don’t Think ‘A Border Wall Is In And Of Itself Immoral,’ So Why Won’t They Vote To Reopen Government And Add ‘Modest’ Barrier Funding?
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “The need for more security on our border is not a partisan invention. It is a fact. It’s a reality most Senate Democrats readily admit…. [I]f they agree with the need, they should agree with this modest proposal…. [T]hese commonsense physical barriers were a bipartisan point of agreement until about five minutes ago…. Any one of my Democratic colleagues who reject the compromise offer but vote for the Democratic Leader’s partisan showmanship will be saying the following: They’ll be saying that political fights with the President matter more than federal workers and their families, border security, DACA recipients, and government funding.” (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 1/24/2019)
Senate Democrats: ‘Where Folks Say We Need Additional Barrier Protections, I’m All For It,’ ‘Certainly, You Need Barriers’
SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): “I voted to fund President Trump’s wall. Check the vote.” (“Manchin Touts Support For Trump Border Wall In New Ad,” The Hill, 6/14/2018)
SEN. MARK WARNER (D-VA): “I know we’re going to have to add additional border security…. We’ve got about 700 miles of existing fencing. Where folks say we need additional barrier protections, I’m all for it.” (Fox News’ “Your World w/ Neil Cavuto,” 1/23/2019)
SEN. ANGUS KING (I-ME): “Everybody is for border security. The question is, let's do it in a rational, economic, sensible way. There are places where wall makes sense …” (CNN’s “New Day,” 1/07/2019)
SEN. CHRIS COONS (D-DE): “I personally don't think that a border wall is in and of itself immoral.” (“Fox News Sunday,” 1/13/2019)
SEN. TOM CARPER (D-DE): “I am a huge advocate of border security. I think fencing makes sense in a lot of places. We have hundreds of miles of fencing, and in a lot of places, fences alongside roads make sense.” (Sen. Carper, Congressional Record, S. 194, 1/15/2019)
SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-MD): “Certainly, you need barriers. And we support barriers.” (CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” 1/04/2019)
SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-OR): “Some fencing is useful. Some barriers are useful.” (CNN’s “New Day,” 1/07/2019)
Democrat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: ‘I Think Physical Barriers Are Part Of The Solution’
FOX NEWS’ NEIL CAVUTO: “Would you yourself be open for wall funding?”
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER STENY HOYER (D-MD): “Look, I think physical barriers are part of the solution.”
CAVUTO: “You don’t share Nancy Pelosi’s view that a wall is immoral?”
REP. HOYER: “Look, I think it depends upon what a wall is used for whether it’s moral or immoral. If it’s protecting people, it’s moral, if it’s imprisoning people, it may well be immoral. But that’s not the issue. The issue is we want border security. We want to make sure that people who come into the United States of America are authorized to do so and we know that they’ve come in. We don’t want contraband. We don’t want drugs coming in. We don’t want dangerous people coming into the country. So we’re for border security and I think we can get there.
(Fox News’ “Your World w/ Neil Cavuto,” 1/22/2019)
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Related Issues: Homeland Security, Immigration, Senate Democrats, Appropriations