Stop me if you have heard this one before, but, "If you want to build a wall along the border, you are a bigot, a racist, a xenophobe, and by the way, walls do not work." Yep, I thought you might have...
Yet I doubt you are going to hear any of that said about Alejandro Mayorkas or the Biden Administration. After all, it is only wrong if the other team is doing it. That's the reality of our political situation here in this country. It is disheartening, but not surprising.
Yes that was Mayorkas posting up on the US Federal Registry that, “There is presently an acute and immediate need to construct physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the border of the United States in order to prevent unlawful entries into the United States in the project areas,” which would have sufficed, even as a flip-flop, except that Biden seemed to contradict him directly in his statements today where he claimed that border walls do not work.
Confused yet? It gets better.
Despite claiming that walls do not work, the Biden administration cleared 26 Federal environmental hurdles for the project in order to resume construction. This means that they directly green lighted the building because the building can not start while the environmental impact evaluations were still happening.
According to Fox News, Biden said, ""I'll answer one question on the border wall, the border wall where money was appropriated for the border wall. I tried to get them to reappropriate, to redirect that money, they didn't. They wouldn't. And in the meantime, there's nothing under the law other than they have to use the money for what it was appropriated. I can't stop that."
He then answered "no" when asked if he personally believed that border walls work.
So, he tried to get them to redirect the money, but they would not do it, so the solution is to build the wall? Why not just let the money be reabsorbed into the budget as unspent funds? Just because it is budgeted does not mean it has to be spent.
I mean, this is the same Joe Biden who said, "not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration."
If that is true, just let the money lapse. Ah, but you see, they DO know that this is a problem, so they are trying to double talk.
They see the same polling that we see. They see that people are fed up with what is going on. They understand that people who have supported immigration for decades are now turning on them because of the sheer volume of migrants. They want to be able to stand in the 2024 election and say, "we even built the border wall, what else could we have done?"
They will try it, but I believe it will be too little too late.
They will get called out on their sheer hypocrisy.
In the end, walls do work, and this one will as well. Particularly if we use ground penetrating radar (GPR) to find and collapse tunnels and use the Coast Guard to enforce our waterway laws for those attempting to evade. They know that if nothing else, it will cause people to double think about coming, and right now they are just trying to stop the bleeding.
This kind of reversal is a clear and unambiguous signal of defeat.
Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis have won.
Now the only question is to what extent and how much?
For the answer to that question, we'll have to wait.