After President Trump took his rational for the ongoing government shutdown to the American people this week, many experts have weighed in on the need for a physical wall at our southern border. Now some Democrats are beginning to echo Trump’s concern for border security. Could this mark the end of the contentious debate and ongoing federal chaos?
To be clear, Congressional leaders–notably Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi–are still standing in the way of wall funding.
Others, though, are beginning to express their concern for border security in a way that sounds very familiar to many Republicans .
“If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), the chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), told reporters.
“Certainly you need barriers and we support barriers,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) added.
“Some fencing is useful, some barriers are useful,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said. “There’s a lot of surveillance technology. I’ve been to some cities on the border that have triple fencing and have more personnel and have the technology to see the people moving in the middle of the night.”
Jerry Nadler (D-NY)–the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee– and Eric Swalwell (D-CA), both support some use of barriers.
Senate Minority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) see new barriers as inevitable.
And he’s not alone. “Democrats have repeatedly said that we will support border security,” Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) says. “we will support all of its elements including fences.”
“You know, I think there are parts of the border that would benefit from repairing fencing and other barricades that already exist there,” Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), the Vice Chair of the Democrat conference told reporters.
How do you read this? Are these cracks in the wall put up by Pelosi and Schumer between President Trump and the billions he’s asking for for his wall?
Both Schumer and Pelosi, in their response to President Trump Tuesday night, argued for increased border security. The real sticking point, if you pick apart their rhetoric, is just what that security would look like.
Pelosi described a physical wall as “expensive and ineffective.”
“We can secure our border without an expensive, ineffective wall,” Schumer said.
So when will both sides agree to talk through the specifics?