Should Democrats give President Trump the border wall? | The Tylt

Should Democrats give President Trump the border wall?

The government officially shut down after Democrats and Republicans were unable to reach a bipartisan immigration deal. Democrats are now saying they would be open to funding President Trump's border wall if the spending bill includes protections for DREAMers. But others believe Democrats should refuse to fund Trump's expensive and racist border wall. Trump made an impossible promise to the American people, and he should have to pay the price. What do you think?

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Senate Democrats said they would be open to funding President Trump's border wall in exchange for a DACA deal. Some have pushed back against the idea that Democrats would allow funding for Trump's border wall, believing it is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

“I think the Democrats are crazy if they accede to that demand. It would be craziness to give the President a $20 billion wall,” [Gov. Cuomo] told reporters in Manhattan.

But others believe Democrats have no choice if they want to protect the DREAMers and end the government shutdown. Even Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a leading voice on liberal immigration policy, said he would be willing to cave on Trump's border wall if it means sparing the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who could otherwise be deported.

“I think the wall is a monumental waste of taxpayer money. It's to build a monument to stupidity, and it's just idiotic,” he said. “As hurtful as it is to people like me and others in this country, we are ready to sacrifice that so that Dreamers can have freedom in this country.”
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But not everyone thinks the Democrats should compromise on the border wall. Some believe Trump, who made an impossible promise to the American people, should have to pay the price for his rhetoric. 

Donald Trump was elected President because he made a grand, impossible promise to the American people: that he would build a Great Wall of America on our country’s southern border that would finally separate Us and Them. 

The border wall is directly tied to Trump's nationalistic and xenophobic beliefs, and Democrats should not reward him by giving him exactly what he wants. Democrats currently have the leverage, and they should use it. Trump has already shot down bipartisan immigration deals, why give in now?

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and the other Congressional Democrats must hold the line against the wall. They should refuse any grand bargain with the president, and attempt to cleanly pass a government budget, protection for the DREAMers and funding for CHIP without the wall attached.

Most importantly, the border wall is an ugly symbol of Trump's disdain toward non-white immigrants. Authorizing the border wall will only validate the "us versus them" mentality that Democrats are trying to fight against.

A country should not be based on a certain race or ethnic group, it should give equal protection and rights to its entire population. Borders between countries are drawn and maintained in blood, and must be weakened and eventually erased, not strengthened and reinforced with violence. Stop the wall.
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