Stephen King Haunts Trump With A Biting Question About New Border Wall Claims

The White House claims construction on President Donald Trump’s border wall is now underway.

We are building the wall!” the White House tweeted on Tuesday with a short clip of construction that ends with the words “BUILDING THE WALL!”

But horror author Stephen King had just one question concerning Trump’s biggest campaign promise.

He tweeted:

Trump campaigned on a promise of not only building a wall across much of the entire southern border, but that Mexico would pay for it.

Mexico is not paying for the wall.

In addition, the footage posted by the White House does not show construction of a new border wall but rather a replacement for existing fencing.

However, a Supreme Court ruling last month that allows Trump to redirect billions in funds intended for the military toward border walls could pave the way for new construction.

That would be billions in U.S. taxpayer money ― not cash from Mexico. 

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The U.S.-Mexico border is violent

It certainly is in some places, but those don't tend to be on the U.S. side. In fact, El Paso, Texas and San Diego, California are the two safest cities in the country, according to Congressional Quarterly. While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has repeatedly said the border in her state is dangerous, crime statistics reported by USA Today and The Huffington Post show that violent crime has dropped along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, as well as California, New Mexico and Texas.

The porous U.S.-Mexico border is vulnerable to terrorists

That’s not the assessment of the U.S. government. The Mexico section of the most recent State Department's Country Reports on Terrorism reads:
No known international terrorist organization had an operational presence in Mexico and no terrorist group targeted U.S. citizens in or from Mexican territory. There was no evidence of ties between Mexican criminal organizations and terrorist groups, nor that the criminal organizations had political or territorial control, aside from seeking to protect and expand the impunity with which they conduct their criminal activity.
H/T: Washington Office on Latin America.

The border is insecure

Depends on how you define "secure." By practically all measurements, the border is at its most secure point in recent history. There's more than 20,000 Border Patrol agents stationed along the border now -- about double the number since 2004. Apprehensions along the border, one of the most reliable measures of illegal entry, are at their lowest level in 40 years. But politicians have yet to agree on how to define what "secure" will mean for legal purposes.

Obama has been soft on enforcement

Not so. In fact, it's one of the biggest gripes immigration activists have with him. While Obama has exempted many people who came to the United States as children from deportation, he has also set records, deporting over 400,000 people last fiscal year and removing more migrants in one term than George W. Bush did in two.

The U.S. hasn't committed enough resources to securing the border

Again, depends on who you ask. The $18 billion the federal government spent on border enforcement in the 2012 fiscal year was more than it spent on than on other law enforcement agencies combined, according to the Migration Policy Institute -- about 15 times more than it did in the mid-1980s. Is that enough, especially in a context in which illegal immigration stands at net zero? If, not, what is?

Illegal immigration continues to skyrocket

Nope. For all the talk from outraged politicians, you'd think that immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border remains at historically high levels. In fact, illegal immigration from Mexico has dropped to net zero or less, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

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