So what do you think? Should the Democrats push this?
Will there be a shutdown?
Where will public support go?
As a matter of politics, I also support the shutdown (assuming that the other side continues to play hardball).
There is no reason for the Democrats to oppose funding for the wall.
Even Rasmussen (a decidedly conservative polling firm) says that most Americans don't want the wall.
There is no reason for the Democrats to oppose funding for the wall. They are only opposing it out of childishness.
Instead of picking an unnecessary fight out of childishness, the Democrats should agree to let Trump have his wall as part of the DACA bill.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that while he supports additional barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border, he believes some of the estimated costs for President Trump’s border wall are too high to justify.
"I remain a fiscal conservative, even on the wall, so I’m not excited about spending $20, $30, $40 billion on a wall. I’m still a believer that we don’t have money to spend. We’re $700 billion in the hole,” Paul said on CNN.
“And while I will vote for money for barriers, I’m not voting for $40 billion for barriers,” Paul added.
A report last week detailed Trump’s plan to ask Congress for $18 billion to fund a wall along the border. A wall was among his signature campaign promises.
The Trump administration is seeking $33 billion in total to increase southern border security, with the remaining $15 billion going to fund technology, personnel and other improvements.
Another $8.5 billion over seven years would be used to pay for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents.
Paul said Wednesday he supports having barriers in certain locations along the border, but that the price tag of those barriers should be debated. He also advocated for using technology to improve border security, which he argued is a cheaper alternative.
"The barriers, I think we need to look at the cost of them. The people advocating for it are forgetting they’re fiscally conservative and are just giving enormous numbers,” Paul added.
Lawmakers met Tuesday to discuss immigration, including border security and the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Trump has said funding for the border wall is a requirement for his agreement on a legislative fix for DACA, which allows certain immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to live and work in the country without fear of deportation.
Does this mean that congressional people won't get paid? Maybe they just need some motivation.
Coastal sea walls and other infrastructure projects dealing with climate change and rising sea levels are decidedly more important than funding Trump's vanity project.
I don't know if reality matters to you at all Oralloy...
but the Democrats (along with the Republicans on the team) came up with exactly that deal. They offered Trump money for his wall in exchange for DACA.