House Speaker Nancy Pelosi complained on Twitter Friday that the Supreme Court’s latest ruling will hurt the country by allowing the president to “steal military funds” and squander it “on a wasteful, ineffective border wall.”
This evening’s Supreme Court ruling allowing @realDonaldTrump to steal military funds to spend on a wasteful, ineffective border wall rejected by Congress is deeply flawed. Our Founders designed a democracy governed by the people — not a monarchy.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 26, 2019
U.S. Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Mark Morgan would likely disagree.
In fact, he claimed Saturday that, if the Supreme Court keeps ruling in the Trump’s favor, the administration will be able to build up to 450 miles of new border wall structures.
The southern U.S. border is reportedly 1,933 miles long, and as of late 2018 about 700 of those miles contained a wall of some sort. If the administration is able to meet its initial 450-mile goal, that means 60 percent of the southern border will be secured.
“Right now we’ve completed 52 new miles of wall along the southwest border strategic locations,” Morgan told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening. “And by 2020 we’re going to have about 205 miles of wall completed.”
“But with this new ruling, and if we’re able to get all of the DOD funding that’s available, we’re going to be able to build about 450 miles of new wall. And right now, Judge, we’ve been building about a mile of wall every week since May.”
Check out the first half of their discussion below, via FNC’s “Justice with Jeanine“:
Morgan’s remarks came a day after the Supreme Court ruled in the Trump administration’s favor by clearing the way for it to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to build an additional 100 miles of wall structures along parts of the southeast border in California, Arizona and New Mexico.
His remarks likewise came a day after President Donald Trump signed a historic agreement with Guatemala concerning how asylum seekers will be handled going forward.
“The ‘safe third country’ agreement would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the U.S. to apply for protections in Guatemala instead of at the U.S. border,” the Associated Press has confirmed.
They added, “It could potentially ease the crush of migrants overwhelming the U.S. immigration system, although many questions remain about how the agreement will be executed.”
Continuing the discussion with Pirro, Morgan noted that the signing of this new agreement is just further proof of how “relentless” the president is in his efforts to stop the border crisis.
“This is potentially a game changer, and this again shows this administration — they have been relentless of working with the government of Guatemala, continuing to bring them to the table to come up with this cooperative agreement,” he said.
He continued, “What this means is that individuals that are fleeing from their countries and they are seeking protection, now, instead of having to go through multiple countries, thousands of miles and turn themselves over to the cartels and risk their lives and safety, this means — these individuals coming into Guatemala, they’re going to do their best to provide them adequate protection immediately.”
That’s one way of looking at it. A more realistic way of looking at it is to recognize that this will force those illegal aliens who are purposefully trying to “flee” to the United States for work and money to remain in Guatemala.
Check out part two of the discussion below:
What remains unclear is how this agreement will affect Guatemalans — not foreigners just passing through Guatemala — who are also trying to “flee” to the United States.
On-the-ground reporting has shown that many of the people “fleeing” the country aren’t actually fleeing anything — they’re just trying to obtain work to raise money to build their dream homes.
“When couples marry, husbands often plan to leave to the U.S. to work for a few years — to support the family, pay for the children’s education and build a house, start a small business or buy farmland,” The Wall Street Journal reported last week. “Along rutted roads, gaudily painted mansions almost all belong to Guatemalans working in the U.S. — while the adobe brick shacks with dirt floors largely house families with no one working abroad.”
So it’s not about “fleeing” violence but about Guatemalan citizens earning the big bucks in the U.S., funneling that money home via currently untaxed remittances and then using that money to literally build their dream homes back in Guatemala.
That being said, this is why the Trump administration has also been working with Mexico.
“Mexico now has agreed to assist in unprecedented ways,” Morgan explained. “Never in modern history has the government of Mexico stepped up the way they are doing. They are providing thousands of troops on the southern border. They’re increasing their interior enforcement and they’re assisting on the U.S.-Mexico border, to include the Migrant Protection Protocols.”
Instituted by the Trump administration, the MPP or “Remain in Mexico” policy for short, is basically a replacement of “catch and release” with “catch and return.”
“What will happen is they will present themselves at the U.S. Border, and we’ll send them back to Mexico to wait while they are going through the asylum process,” Morgan said. “That’s another game changer. To date, there are 24,000 individual waiting in Mexico that would have been released into the interior United States.”
The program went into effect in January. The first asylum seeker to be returned to Mexico was Carlos Catarlo Gomez from Honduras. He was shipped back to Mexico, where he must remain until his asylum hearing in San Diego later this year:
The first asylum seeker to be returned to the US under President Trumps Remain in Mexico program, Carlos Catarlo Gomez from Honduras crossed in to Mexico from the US at the El Chapparal port of entry by San Diego on Tuesday. #remaininmexico pic.twitter.com/OhPmg7Cuoz
— John Gibbins (@JohnGibbinsSDUT) January 29, 2019
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