God knows if Mexico will actually pay for Donald Trump’s border wall, but plans to follow through on the promise are underway.
According to Fox News, top Trump aides reportedly are considering a plan to ask Congress to ensure money is available in U.S. coffers for the wall, while relying on existing law that already authorizes fencing and other technology along the southern border.
Others have insisted that this is Trump walking back his promise to make Mexico pay for the border, but Trump is responding by arguing that he’s not going to allow Mexico’s refusal to pay be an excuse to delay beginning construction of the wall ASAP – and they’ll be paying eventually.
The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Meanwhile, one sheriff up north wants to aid with with the construction of the wall. Fox News says, A Massachusetts sheriff wants to help President-elect Donald Trump build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — by offering up inmates to work on the project. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, a long-time proponent of strict immigration enforcement, presented his idea at an inauguration speech on Wednesday marking his fourth six-year term in office.
On Thursday, the sheriff told Boston’s Herald Radio that he has not heard from Trump himself, but his idea is being reviewed by the new administration’s staff. “They have it, I believe it’s going over to their domestic policy advisers,” Hodgson said. “We will have to wait to see if it’s something the president-elect is interested in.”
Advocates of more lenient immigration policies quickly denounced the sheriff’s proposal, according to the Fox affiliate in Boston. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is threatening to go all out to block the sheriff’s plans, Fox25Boston.com reports.
“Not only is Sheriff Hodgson willing to get involved with Trump’s racially discriminatory plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, he is proposing to use modern-day slave labor to do it,” executive director Carol Rose said in the statement, according to Fox25Boston.com
Hodgson says other sheriffs would like to send inmates to help construct a wall.
“This is what government ought to be doing,” the Herald quoted him as saying. “It ought to be using whatever resources as creatively as we can to save taxpayer money and make sure our taxpayers are safe, which is another responsibility.”
On the other hand, if prison labor does become a viable source for constructing the border wall, perhaps this can be a new job for the millions of criminal illegal aliens Trump has promised to deport.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]