Trump's Homeland Security Sec. Reminds Democrats They Funded a Border Wall in the Past, And It Worked


President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary stated on Wednesday that she is “confounded” by Democrats’ resistance to building a border wall, given they funded one in the past and it worked.

“We know that you are adamant about that wall, just as much as the president,” Fox News anchor Sandra Smith said to Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen, and then asked, “When you hear Democrats so firmly against that, what are they getting wrong?”

“I’m a little bit confounded by that,” the secretary replied. “The wall works. We have evidence and figures that show that.”

“When the wall went up in Yuma (Arizona) and San Diego, illegal entries went down 95 percent,” Nielsen added. “I must remind the viewers that in 2006, it was a bipartisan approach to securing our country.”

The Trump official was referring to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which passed both chambers of Congress by large majorities.

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Among those who voted for the legislation were then Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as the current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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Speaking from the Senate floor on Wednesday, Schumer called a border wall a “symbolic and ineffective political gesture.

“It’s been bipartisan before. It’s needed. It works,” Nielson stated. “We’ve heard from the men and women that are on the front lines, that that is what they need as part of their toolkit to secure our borders.”

The secretary told Fox News that the administration is seeking funding for 700 miles of wall construction to target strategic areas, not the entire 2,000 mile border.

“One part of the border is not like another,” Nielsen explained.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration wants Congress to authorize $18 billion to build the wall over a ten year period.

The president has repeatedly stated there will be no deal on giving permanent status to the DACA recipients that does not include funding for the wall.

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There are currently approximately 650 miles of fencing in various forms along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Around 350 miles is pedestrian fencing, usually about 15 feet tall, like in San Diego, and 300 miles consists of vehicle barriers.

Eight prototypes of President Donald Trump’s “big, beautiful wall” were completed in October near San Diego.

Each is 30 feet high. Four are made of concrete, while the four others incorporate concrete among other construction materials.

The Hill reported that Trump plans to view the prototypes later this month, some time following his State of the Union address.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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