Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Slams President Trump Over Southern Border Wall

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Earlier today, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that President’s Trump push for a border wall may inadvertently cause a government shutdown, as reported by The Hill.

Schumer on President Trump and the Border Wall

The Senate Minority Leader’s remarks strongly expressed his aversion to both President Trump and the border wall:

If the President goes down that path and insists on the wall or shut down the government, which he said back in September, make no mistake about it, a government shutdown will fall entirely, entirely on his shoulders.

Schumer’s assertions are not new or unheard of. Many Democrats have strongly criticized the President’s calls for a border wall since their inception. However, President Trump’s moves to fund and create the aforesaid wall have not wavered.

The Senate Minority Leader then opined that a Southern border wall serves as an ineffective measure:

President Trump is fighting for an empty symbol rather than smart policy that will actually produce better security at our borders. A medieval wall that you can’t see through across the length of the southern border will not make us any safer.

More on the Border Wall

The creation of a wall along the Southern border intended to halt illegal immigration was a central theme of President Trump’s campaign. While many of his critics have slammed the wall as inhumane, xenophobic, etc, the majority of the President’s supporters love the idea.

Conservatives and Trump supporters have moreover noted the undesirable impacts that illegal immigration has on America. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), illegal immigrants cost U.S. taxpayers a whopping $116 billion annually. This is also AFTER their contribution of roughly $19 billion in taxes.

Many right leaning Americans have expressed concerns that the nation simply cannot afford the burden of illegal immigration. At a time where the national debt is through the roofs and veterans are starving in the streets, perhaps $116 billion could be put to better use.

Finally, conservatives have also countered Schumer’s assertions that President Trump’s push for the wall may engender a government shutdown. Republicans have also criticized Democrats for their current opposition to the border wall. Years ago, Democrats actually supported this policy, noted by watchful Americans on social media: