Letter: Trump’s dream is to erect his monument

Letter: Trump’s dream is to erect his monument

Letter to the Editor:

It’s not about a wall; it’s about the consolidation of power. Washington used to have serious debates about border security. The two parties used to debate how much to spend, how to pay for it and how it all fit into the broader struggle to examine the nation’s broken immigration system.

Almost all of the fences Congress has approved have already been built. In populated areas the barrier is nothing more than short, metal poles spaced out to keep vehicles from driving through or low, wooden fences that run alongside pedestrian paths.

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 allocated money to build about 650 miles. The 2013 bill would have been increased to almost 700 miles, but the bill was not signed into law.

Trump has demolished the decades-old bipartisan understanding about how to bargain over the border. In Trump’s world there are not alternatives that can form the basis of a legislative give-and-take.

For Trump the only way to stop what he calls an “onslaught” of illegal immigrants is to erect a massive concrete or steel barrier across the nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico.

Trump’s dream is to erect his monument at the tallest and most visible urban spots on the border so everybody can admire his power from the other side because Mexico prevented him to build casinos in Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.

Three times the Mexican Government told him, “No queremos Negociar contigo.” We don’t want to deal with you. So my friends, it’s not a wall Trump wants; it is his monument.

Lupe Williams


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