Should the president sign the border wall deal and avoid a government shutdown?

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Should the president sign the border wall deal and avoid a government shutdown?2019-02-14T18:05:05+00:00

It’s been asked all week: should the President sign the border wall funding bill now on his desk? If he does, he avoids the potential political black eye of shutting down the federal goverment-again-but takes a black eye by capitulating to Democrats on a bill that reeks of the politics that is hated by those who elected Trump to begin with.

If he doesn’t sign the bill, the government shuts down; legislators go back to the proverbial drawing board; and life goes on for all but 800,000 or so federal workers and their immediate families (or those they support).

I say no-the President shouldn’t sign this bill.

“There is $1.375B for the wall. Isn’t som…”

No.

“But shou…”

No.

“Isn..”

No.

I should issue a disclaimer: ideologically, I oppose all legislation that deals with more than one item. To my limited knowledge, no nation legislates one item at a time-such efficiency is counter to the survival instincts of what we call government. The U.S. Constitution attempts to limit the role of our Federal Government, making legislating one item at a time theoretically more practical, but as we all know, that is not how it is, or ever has been, done.

ideologically, I oppose all legislation that deals with more than one item.

That all said, I still cannot think of any good reason why President Trump should sign this deal: not only does it come no where close to the funding necessary to build a wall everywhere that doing so is practical along our southern border, but it also includes restrictions on detention space and manpower that force the issue of catch and release practices upon ICE officers.
Others have said that there are provisions that could be interpreted in such a way that local county and city officials could deny the Federal Government the right to build a wall in their territory.

Up front, a big part of the problem with this legislation is that it isn’t specific border wall legislation-it’s really an appropriations bill for the funding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The building of any border wall would fall within the scope of DHS, who would ultimately be in charge of, and oversee the building of any physical barrier anywhere between our national territory and another nations territory.

President Trump looks unhappy with what he is hearing in his cabinet meeting this past monday. Image credit Washington Post.

I personally did not read through all of the nearly 1200 pages of this monstrosity-I’ve read funding bills before. They are similar in structure, and contain few specifics: these bills reflect the specific amounts that are formally allocated to the many different divisions of our federal government-in this case to the different divisions of DHS. The agency granted the money can typically spend the money as prioritized by their agenda, unless specifically appropriated within the legislation.
This legislation does happen to specifically allocate $1.375B towards a physical barrier along our southern border that is not to be different than anything already constructed (sic). The language is such that the ideas for a “30 foot wall” that the 

president has wouldn’t be allowed under this funding.
You can always read the bill here-I encourage everyone to read and examine sources and evidence for their self. Never blindly take any ones word for something, when finding out for yourself is easily accessible…
Anway, vetoing this bill is the right move for President Trump: not only would show strength and that the president is still willing to fight for what is right by the nation he was elected to lead, but it will also force members of Congress to chose between their nation, and their personal politics of hate for a man that has done nothing wrong (so far) other than be better than they are, at their own game.