Trump’s partial shutdown of the government to keep out so-called Mexican “killers and rapists” and refusal to negotiate comprehensive immigration reform including extra border security that works is an expensive mistake.
Instead, he wants to spend $5 billion to build a wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for and adversely impacts thousands of Americans. Meanwhile, we witness the terrible separation policy of hundreds of children from their parents while they legally apply for asylum. Thus Trump promotes an immoral border policy which further aggravates a broken immigration system.
To placate FOX News pundits and the right wing Freedom Caucus, Trump demands a wall and refuses to open unaffected parts of government hurting nearly 800,00 federal workers. To avoid dealing with the Democrats in the House who want to open the government while negotiating a sensible immigration policy, Trump is now threatening to declare a “national emergency” in order to fund construction using funds transferred from the military.
This is very likely illegal and will only force the issue of immigration back to the courts where Trump has already lost in other related matters.
Trump should stop tweeting lies, turn off FOX News and make a serious attempt to fix immigration. Or, given his track record, go play golf with Russians, Saudis or Turks and wait while Mueller and the US House gather enough testimony and evidence to indict or impeach him for conspiracy, fraud, campaign finance violations, obstruction of justice and perjury.