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Congress unlikely to pay for border wall, but Trump has other options. By Nolan Rappaport

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President’s Trump appears willing to risk a government shutdown this fall in order to secure funds for his promised wall on the United States-Mexico border. His prospects are slim, considering Republicans lawmakers need the support of Democrats to pass a bill to fund the government.
Trump has other options, however.

If the president is unable to get funding for the wall, he will need another way to improve border security that Congress could agree to fund. An enforcement program to reduce the number of people making illegal crossings is a viable alternative.

The program should include measures to prevent the removal of aliens who would benefit our national interests if they are allowed to remain. An enforcement-only approach would be counterproductive.
Mexico certainly won’t pay for the wall. In a leaked phone conversationTrump had earlier this year with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Nieto said, “I have recognized the right of any government to protect its borders as it deems necessary and convenient. But my position has been and will continue to be very firm saying that Mexico cannot pay for that wall.”
And Congress may not pay for it either.
The House recently approved a spending bill that includes $1.6 billion towards building the wall, but it has stalled in the Senate. Senate Republicans apparently want to avoid the very same spending showdown with the Democrats that Trump is willing to cause.

Read more at
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blo...rump-has-other

Published originally on The Hill.

About the author.
Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.







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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar

    Update, September 2:

    On the connection between Trump's border Wall of hatred, shame and humiliation against Latino and other non-white immigrants and his threat to destroy the hopes and future of almost 800,000 Dreamers by terminating DACA, see my blog comment in the September 1 issue of Immigration Daily:

    Will Trump End DACA as Part of His White Supremacist Agenda, or Will He Hold Dreamers Hostage to His Wall of Shame?


    http://blogs.ilw.com/entry.php?10102

    My original comment follows:

    What is the real purpose of Trump's Mexican border Wall? Can it be anything other than a symbol, of exclusion of hatred, of inferiority against a nation of people whom Trump called "criminals", "rapists" and drug dealers at the beginning of his campaign and has continued to demonize ever since?

    As Nolan and many other people have pointed out, there are very arguably far more effective ways of reducing illegal immigration than building a border wall.

    But actually stopping illegal immigration is not the real point - the border wall is a symbol, just as the Statue of Liberty is a symbol.

    But the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of the best that America has to offer - - its spirit of welcome and acceptance for all people.

    But Trump's border wall, whether it it is ever built or not, is a symbol of America's darkest forces - of racism, ethnic hatred and white supremacy - just as another Wall, the one that the Nazis built around the Warsaw Ghetto to seal off the Jews who were doomed to die in Hitler's gas chambers and ovens - became a symbol of that regime.

    By making the above comparison, I do not mean to imply that Trump is an anti-semite or supports genocide.

    Clearly, there would not be the slightest shred of truth to either of those conjectures.

    Judging from his speeches and actions, both during the campaign and as president, Trump has made clear over and over again that he does not want any more Muslim or Latino immigrants in America.

    There is not the slightest reason to believe that he has similar feelings about Jewish immigrants, or the Jewish people in general.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-02-2017 at 03:39 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    A Rabbinical group, known as CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis), has cancelled a scheduled annual High Holy Days phone call with Trump over the president's refusal to speak out more forcefully against the neo-Nazis who vented their hatred and bigotry in Chalottesville last Saturday.

    For more details, see:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...41952?lo=ap_a1

    It's not just about Trump's intolerance and eagerness to fan the flames of hatred toward Muslim and Latino immigrants to suit his own political purposes, even though it all arguably started there.

    It has now gone far beyond that.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    As Americans, we also have to give serious consideration to how Trump's constant attacks on and actions against non-white immigrants, as in his latest Phoenix speech, reflect on his mental health and fitness to be president of the United States.

    See the Auguat 23 Washington Post article by the Republican columnist, Jennifer Rubin:

    Trump in Arizona shows just how unfit he is.

    (Sorry, I don't have a link - Please go to Google.)

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 08-24-2017 at 08:34 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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