(Washington, DC) – ” I didn’t need to do this,” Donald Trump said as he stood before the press on the White House Lawn declaring a national emergency for a border wall. And that was probably the only truth he mistakenly told.
Trump is right. Whereas one wants to make sure the borders are secure, there really is no need to spend close to 10 billion dollars on a border wall and definitely right now. When looking at that stats, ports of entry have been proven to be the high risk area for the transportation of drugs and other criminal activities. Personal cars are your problems not people walking across a border.
This video from 2010 explores exactly what goes on at the ports.
So, as Trump tried to once again invoke terrible fear into America by painting a picture of women being trafficked into the United States with their mouths taped up. And drugs being moved across the border at an increasing rate along with gangs making their way across the border. It just simply isn’t true. Not true in the dire picture that trump tries to paint.
Trump said, “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster,” he said. “And I don’t have to do it for the election. I’ve already done a lot of wall for the election. 2020. And the only reason we’re up here talking about this is because of the election—because they want to try to win an election, which it looks like they’re not going to be able to do.”
That is probably the only truth Trump told while speaking to the press. As a matter of fact the Washington Post explored Trump’s danger claims along the south border last year and found that there was no real threat to Americans.
Also, recently during his state of the union address Trump said, “The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and [was] considered one of our nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities.” – FALSE
El Paso was never considered one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. And it’s actually had low violent crime rates for decades. Looking at the last 30 years, the rate of violent crime reached its peak in 1993, when more than 6,500 violent crimes were recorded. Between 1993 and 2006, the number of violent crimes fell by more than 34 percent and less than 2,700 violent crimes were reported.
Construction for a 57 mile border wall there didn’t start until 2008 and finished in 2009. There was a 17% increase in from 2006 and 2011. But the rate was still one of the lowest in 2010.
Above all, truthfully, at the CATO Institute points out stats show that the crime rate is lowest at the southern border than it is in the rest of the country. So to declare a national emergency for something that has become an election plot is truly a scam and very irresponsible.
Meanwhile, there’s another active shooter in Aurora Illinois. Gun control is something Trump doesn’t seem to be interested in at all. Before we spend billions on a border wall, we need to clean up our own inside terrorism. It’s just more chaos for America at the hands of Trump.