Conservative Americans now overwhelmingly support the idea of a wall on the southern border. Perhaps the crisis unfolding in real time had something to do with the shift.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Conservative support for Trump wall soars to 99 percent
Support for a southern border wall among conservatives has jumped since President Trump came to office, reaching a new high of 99 percent, according to a new survey.
What’s more, conservative activists demand sweeping immigration reform as part of the border wall strategy.
The survey The Frontier Lab’s Ear to the Ground Listening Project and Citizens for Self-Governance found that support for Trump’s border wall has increased 85 percent since he became president.
It also found that 97 percent of conservative activists support a “wall-plus” strategy that includes immigration legal reform, a topic that has stalled in Washington over partisan differences in handling illegal immigrants already in the U.S. And 73 percent call a dual strategy “extremely important,” said the poll.
“President Trump’s wall represents proof to this group of conservative activists that he is pursuing bold and unprecedented steps to improve the nation,” said Anne Sorock, director of the Ear to the Ground Listening Project.
The Pentagon is now getting involved in the process, angering many on the left.
USA Today reports:
Pentagon chief blasted for plan to redirect $1 billion to build 57 miles of border wall
A Pentagon decision to redirect up to $1 billion to build 57 miles of fencing along the Mexican border was slapped down Tuesday by a House panel that rejected the “reprogramming action.”
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan authorized the Army Corps of Engineers on Monday to plan and build the 18-foot-high fencing and to construct and upgrade roads and install lighting near the border in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas.
Shanahan said the $1 billion plan was in support of the national emergency declaration President Donald Trump issued last month after Congress refused to appropriate the $5.7 billion he wanted for construction of a border wall.
“The committee denies this request,” U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a letter to the Defense Department comptroller. “The committee does not approve the proposed use of Department of Defense funds to construct physical barriers and roads or install lighting in the vicinity of the United State border.”
The saddest thing about this entire situation is that the left cares more about denying Trump a perceived ‘win’ than protecting America’s borders.