This Thursday evening, President Donald Trump is expected to declare a National Emergency for border wall funding, after reluctantly signing a budget deal this week to fund the government. This agreement on Capitol Hill made federal workers breathe a sigh of a relief, especially following the longest government shutdown in history this January. During this 34 day shutdown, federal employees were furloughed without pay, but were eventually given backpay. Unfortunately, federal contractors were not given back pay, so they did not receive a paycheck for any work they did in January. The reason was almost entirely political, with both parties having differing views on how to handle immigration at the United States- Mexico border. The President’s emergency declaration creates a more permanent solution to the issue, without holding government employees hostage.
As with any government project ever, it is proposed with blatant disregard to the $22 trillion dollar national debt. A border wall will take years to construct, no matter how fast the President says it will be built.
Of course, a large part of this border wall push is for the President to fulfill his campaign promise of building a wall and getting Mexico to pay for it. In reality, he meant “build a wall at the expense of American taxpayers, and fear monger them into thinking that 4 year old girls with Dora backpacks are invading the country!”
With the exception of his hardcore base, most people can see right through the President’s tactic. He has done a poor job convincing the nation that there is a serious crisis at the border, and certainly has not convinced me that my family’s taxes are worth going to this pipe dream. He is just looking for fuel to use during his 2020 campaign rallies, and mention how the wall in under construction, and will keep us safe well into the Kushner administration.
Although he is doing federal employees a service by declaring an emergency that will keep that government open, the concept of a physical border wall has still not proven itself to be practical.