President Trump recently announced $3.6 billion of military construction projects he was shelving so that the money could be diverted to build his wall on the southern border. They include more than $80,000,000 taken from four projects in North Carolina, including a medical facility at Camp Lejeune, and replacing a run-down elementary school on Fort Bragg.

A border wall has never been a well-thought-out policy or a program; it’s a slogan and a chant that goes against most experts’ advice. President Trump couldn’t get any money appropriated when Republicans controlled the House and the Senate, so he’s resorted to stealing it from the military.

We can’t have open borders, but security is better accomplished with high-tech measures, more border patrol, and most of all, helping the economic and political situation in the countries to the south.

Jeff Kelly, Southern Pines

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Mark Hayes

Fact: The hate and contempt for Trump went into mass production on the Democratic manufacturing assembly lines the night he was declared the winner in the Presidential race.

Jim Tomashoff

Why is it that people on the political right insist on calling their opinions "fact"?

Mark Hayes

I'm working on a reply, hold that thought .

Conrad Meyer

Here is another quiz. If the point is not obvious, I don't plan to explain it to you. Who said this?

“Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress on dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants who are here now and on rationalizing our system of legal immigration,” 

“ABOVE ALL ELSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THEIR GOVERNMENT TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT PROTECTING THE PUBLIC, ENFORCING THE RULE OF LAW and creating a rational system of legal immigration,” "The first of these seven principles is that illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple," "When we use phrases like 'undocumented workers,' we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose." 

"People who enter the United States without our permission are ILLEGAL ALIENS AND ILLEGAL ALIENS SHOULD NOT BE TREATED THE SAME AS PEOPLE WHO ENTERED THE UNITED STATES LEGALLY," "Any immigration solution must recognize that we must do as much as much as we can to gain operational control of our borders as soon as possible." 

"Because of our efforts in Congress, our border is far more secure today than it was when we began debating comprehensive immigration reform in 2005. Between 2005 and 2009, a vast amount of progress has been made on our borders and ports of entry. This progress includes construction of 630 MILES OF BORDER FENCE THAT CREATES A SIGNIFICANT BARRIER TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION”

Answer - Chuck Schumer 2009

Conrad Meyer

Quiz: Who said this?

“All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country,”   “The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers,” he continued. “We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it,”

Give up? Bill Clinton during the 1995 State Of The Union address, for which he received a standing ovation.

Mark Hayes

I mentioned some similar statements made by President Bill Clinton, brought about by the column contributed by Kevin Smith dated on September 10th, the response I received was, " And your point is ". So it will be interesting to read what response you may receive.

Jim Tomashoff

And your point is?

Mark Hayes

No real point. Is that now a requirement ?

Ed Pieczynski

I was not in favor of taking needed money from our military but I disagree that a border wall isn't well thought out or necessary. Instead of politicians or TV talking heads I prefer to listen to the people actually guarding our border and overwhelmingly they say in certain areas a wall is effective and needed. Additionally you only need to look at the reduction in illegal crossings where walls exist to know walls do work.

Richard Wright

Actually most experts believe that a border wall can help slow illegal immigration. And had Congress been responsible, then there would have been funding through the normal appropriation and authorization process. The Democrats are solely to blame for this diversion.

Jim Tomashoff

So when the Republicans had a majority for two-years in both the House and Senate it was still solely the Democrats who were responsible for the failure to appropriate money for the wall? How so?

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