As the federal government struggles to fulfill its basic duties, private citizens are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. I wrote awhile ago about the GoFundMe page to fund the border wall. That project is still underway, but seems to have stalled well short of its goal of raising $1 billion.
But there is hope. The organization connected to that fundraising project, We Build the Wall, constructed a half-mile of wall along a notorious gap on the New Mexico border.
A half-mile is precious little along a border hundreds of miles in length, but it is something. Further, the specific half-mile section the wall protects is a heavily-crossed gap in existing border fencing. From The Daily Wire:
The half-mile segment of border wall, the group says, closes a gap frequently used to smuggle both people and drugs. [Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris] Kobach added that on a “typical night” around 100 migrants and $100,000 worth of illegal narcotics passed through the half-mile hole.
The Trump Administration was working on a plan to construct around 234 miles of steel fencing, effectively sealing off the southern border with a “border wall,” but attempts to secure funding for the project have stalled. Congress refused to agree to any funding for the border wall beyond the $1.6 billion promised in the 2018 budget, and President Donald Trump’s “national emergency” declaration — which would have detoured funding to the border wall from other Army Corps of Engineers projects — was halted by a judge pending ongoing litigation.
This excerpt brings up another important point: the consistent obstruction from Democrats and activist judges of President Trump’s America First agenda. Even with the declaration of a national emergency, the president has been blocked from making substantial progress on the border wall.
Of course, Republicans passed up a golden opportunity to act on the border wall in 2017 or 2018. Voters need to send a strong message to candidates in both parties that getting control of the border is important. Tax cuts and economic growth are wonderful, but for American citizens to benefit, we need strong border security, including a robust deportation system.
I’m encouraged to see private citizens banding together to solve their problems when the government won’t—few things are more American. Nevertheless, it’s the federal government’s constitutional responsibility to protect our national sovereignty. It shouldn’t slough off that responsibility and hope that good-willed patriots will pick up the slack.