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Friday, January 18, 2019

GoFundMe Campaign To Fund Wall Goes Bust

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

The viral GoFundMe campaign to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall has, predictably, hit a snag.

The campaign, which was started in December by Iraq veteran and right-wing activist Brian Kolfage, was meant to be an end-run around the congressional stalemate over the wall and let Trump supporters pay for it directly, and as of Friday has raised nearly $20.2 million (about 2 percent of the $1 billion goal, and 0.08 percent of the amount experts say it would actually require to build the wall). The obvious flaw in this plan is that there is no legal way to just hand money to the president of the United States to appropriate as he sees fit.…

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On The Border, Trump Builds A Wall Of Lies

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Donald Trump’s insistence that the nation faces a crisis of illegal immigration that requires a wall sealing off our southern border is notable for being false not only overall but in every particular. It brings to mind Voltaire’s remark that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.

The president’s Oval Office address Tuesday was the latest confirmation that on immigration, even more than on other topics, truth is his mortal foe. He doesn’t contribute to the public debate; he pollutes it.

There is no epidemic of unauthorized entry from Mexico.…

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To Enforce Immigration Law, Reopen The Government

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

We who follow immigration policy closely know that the wall is a dumb idea. Closing much of the government over it is dumber still.

Why is the wall a dumb idea? It would be expensive. It’d be unsightly. It’d be environmentally destructive. More to this point, it’d be ineffective.

First off, an estimated 40 percent of those here illegally arrived as tourists, as students or on other business but have overstayed their visas. A physical wall would have no impact on people like them.

Secondly, foreigners with thousands to pay smugglers to get them into the United States will find a way.…

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