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The partial government shutdown is temporarily off, at least, thanks to a deal by President Donald Trump that will keep the government open until Feb. 15 so that both sides can try to hash out a deal. However, the border wall at the center of the logjam is still almost certainly on the Trump agenda — and with good reason.
In fact, he was able to sum up why it’s on his agenda in one simple tweet.
“Without a Wall there cannot be safety and security at the Border or for the U.S.A.,” the president tweeted on Thursday.
Without a Wall there cannot be safety and security at the Border or for the U.S.A. BUILD THE WALL AND CRIME WILL FALL!
And, wouldn’t you know, it’s already gotten 31,000 retweets and been emblazoned on a T-shirt.
Mind you, there are plenty of good reasons to believe that Trump’s logic here is fairly sound.
Remember that infamous meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked out of, declaring, “I reject your facts“? Well, had she stayed, she might have learned something about why a border wall would help stop crime.
For instance, take the drugs coming over the southern border. In fiscal year 2017-2018, the amount of amphetamine, fentanyl and heroin brought over the border all saw double-digit increases. That included a 78 percent jump for fentanyl, the synthetic opiate that has been the scourge of so many American cities and towns.
A total of 6,000 suspected gang members were “apprehended at the Southern Border and removed by ICE,” according to the Department of Homeland Security. There were also 17,000 adults with criminal records who were caught.
And then there’s the grotesque specter of human trafficking. Amnesty International estimates that 60 percent of all women who make the trek north are sexually assaulted on the way.
But what about the claim that walls don’t really work? Well, just ask Raul Ortiz, Rio Grande Valley Sector acting Border Patrol chief. He was interviewed by Fox News recently and talked about the difference having a wall makes.
“We have two corridors in south Texas, our eastern corridor and our western corridor,” Ortiz said.
“Our eastern corridor — we account for about 4 percent of our traffic, and on our western side accounts for about 96 percent of our traffic that comes through the Rio Grande Valley.”
The eastern side used to be “the busiest area in the country” back in the 1990s. And how did that change?
“Most of our fencing is on the eastern side, we have some technology over there an awful lot,” he said.
Build the wall, crime will fall. Even CNN’s Jim Acosta noticed that:
I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.
And, wouldn’t you know it, you can even sport the logo on a T-shirt.
Full disclosure: The shirt is from Patriot Depot, which is our sister company. As you can see, it’s only $19.95.
If you think the tweet was speaking some truth, hey — now you can wear it.

Either way, this is what’s at stake with the border showdown. There’s a bit of a lacuna in the action, but one hopes the president won’t fold on his demand for wall funding. It’s what America needs.

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