Republicans have pretty feckless for the last eight years so when I start seeing articles that Senate Republicans look like they are going to try to make a deal with the Democrats and drop the border wall as a budgetary priority I get a bit nervous. Not only was building the wall one of Trump’s signature campaign promises, it was wildly popular among the base. Yes those that support #BuildTheWall know that it is about more than standing up a physical wall. It is about the sum total of border security including additional border patrol, improved sensors and surveillance and using technology where the physical barrier is impractical. What those who voted for Trump want is for Republican leadership to renew their commitment to keeping America safe and securing the border. The conversation about what to do with the illegal aliens in our country can only take place once the border is secured and we have removed as much of the criminal element as possible. When the heavy lifting is over we can discuss options for a path to legal residency for everyone else.
Since February I have seen several articles where it appeared that many Senators seemed on the fence for supporting border security and may be ready to use it as a bargaining chip to gain concessions from Democrats. Republicans this would be a mistake as this is one of three items that if you clearly stand against it, the people will not show up to support you in the future. The voters sent you to Washington to fight for the values we hold dear not to compromise on the safety and sovereignty of America. When I saw one of my state’s Senators name included in one of these articles I began sending emails and tweets asking Senator Blunt to clarify his position on border security. I got his response which you can read below and encourage everyone to ensure that your state Senators are committed as well. This way when the time comes for them to decide, they will know that they are expected to make building the wall a priority. (As an aside Senator McCaskill was never going to vote for the wall so I did not bother. She will vote strictly on party lines despite the fact that she comes from a red state.)
Thank you for contacting me regarding border security and President Trump’s proposed border security wall.
We are a nation of immigrants, but our laws and our borders must be respected. I remain committed to strengthening our border, stemming the tide of illegal immigration, and protecting the American people. We can all agree that our nation’s immigration system is fundamentally flawed, and securing the border must be our first priority. I believe that a government that cannot secure its own border is a government that isn’t doing its job.
As Congress works with the Administration on our border security issues, I am confident we will consider all options, including technology. In addition, I look forward to hearing from the Administration on ways Congress can consider paying for costs associated with border security.
Again, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to continuing our conversation on Facebook and Twitter about the important issues facing Missouri and the country. I also encourage you to visit my website to learn more about where I stand on the issues and sign-up for my e-newsletter.
United States Senator
Main Image Source – I hijacked this from Senator Blunt’s page because the link to his official photo was not working.