Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Letter of March 2017


I’ve seen a lot of ink spilled in an attempt to assert that fiscal conservatives who support President Trump’s wall are hypocrites. To put it bluntly, anyone who believes that is a fool. Enforcing our borders has never been inconsistent with fiscal conservatism. We conservatives believe in limited government, not anarchy.

Estimates for the cost of Mr. Trump’s wall are typically around $8 billion to $10 billion. To put that in perspective, the cost of the wall is about 0.2 percent of the annual federal budget, or 18 hours’ worth of expenditures. And it’s a one-time cost, unlike the constant loss of American lives and property due to the unsecured border.

America will always be a nation of immigrants. With the wall in place, the United States will continue to admit more legal immigrants than any other country. Liberals are correct to point out that people who come to this country to settle here are no more likely to get in trouble with the law than the rest of us. That doesn’t apply to the career criminals who cross the border over and over to ply their trade in drugs, sex, and captive human beings.

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