By Jon Dougherty
In the past, money was no object when it came to bipartisan support for shoring up border security and adding physical barriers to prevent human and drug smuggling into the United States from Mexico.
But suddenly, Democrats and RINOs are ‘concerned’ with spending what amounts to a rounding error in a $4-plus trillion budget to improve border security and make it far easier for immigration authorities to keep our country safe and ensure our laws are followed.
So, a businessman is speaking our president’s language in order to end the border wall funding ‘impasse.’
The president and CEO of Fisher Sand and Gravel Co., Tommy Fisher, told the Washington Examiner that if POTUS got rid of the wall of red tape and other burdensome, unnecessary barriers, he could build him 234 miles of new border wall for the bargain basement price of $1.4 billion.
And for $4.31 billion, he would deliver a “Cadillac version” of the same wall — and the same length.
What comes with the Caddy version: A high-speed highway on the U.S. side of the wall for Border Patrol agents and the latest in technology to help detect migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
“Our whole point is to break through the government bureaucracy,” Fisher told the news site. “If they do the small procurements as they are now … that’s not going to cut it.”
Congress gave its blessing to $1.3 billion in wall funding, but limited construction only to the Rio Grande Valley. For that money and just a tad more, Fisher said he could build the 20 miles along the Rio Grande and 214 additional miles elsewhere.
What’s more, Fisher pledged on “Fox & Friends” that the wall would be completed by the 2020 election (so the president could take that to voters). And the wall he would build would last for 75-80 years, he said.
“Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you can get behind this,” Fisher said on “Fox & Friends.”
“If you need it done now — nothing against government bureaucracy, but it takes time — so you need an expert to come in there and do it now and do it right,” he said.
In the Trump era, no Democrats seem to want any new walls or barriers of any kind along the U.S.-Mexico border, even though many of them voted for barriers in the past.
And not enough Republicans want them, either; if that weren’t true, the president would have gotten a significant amount of border wall funding when the GOP still held majorities in both chambers of Congress.
But if the president ever does get enough congressional support for significant new border barriers, he’s got a businessman ready to build it — under budget and on time.
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