Letter: Let Trump build the wall

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  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 4:08 p.m.

    Sorry but you don’t solve a humanitarian crisis (people seeking asylum) by building a wall (peach) built on white nationalist lies like Trump and apperntly to many in the GOP want to do. Trump is right about one thing it is “sad.”

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 3:43 p.m.

    Donald Trump's business career has been marred by failure and bankruptcy. It was so bad that none of the banks in the US would lend him money, so he went overseas, and we waiting for Bob Mueller to tell us what the collateral on those loans were. So, please don't hoist up Trump's business acumen as a reason to build the wall. He is almost consistently wrong on everything.

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 1:53 p.m.

    Your Potus’s Best guess is 5.7 billion to build his wall. On average government overruns is 50-350 % per project. At the very best it will give him 234 miles. 95% of the Texas border is private land which will need to be confiscated and paid for not counting court fights which will take years. This doesn’t even take account for engineering. Current prototypes are grossly inadequate according to experts. For 5.7 billion, every teacher could be given a $1700 raise with 260 million left over. Every registered nurse could also get $1700 with 90 million left over. You could triple substance abuse support budgets. There has been no confirmed terrorists captured and most drugs come through established border checkpoints, shipping containers air and even U..S. Mail. If you want to deal with Immigration then stop the typical and address issues with a comprehensive policy, not another incompetent band aid. What’s next? A wall 7 miles off each coast?

  • Matt Adolphson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 1:21 p.m.

    To the best I can recall, the better part of Trumps civilian years were spent building projects that went bankrupt and / or, shutdown for being scams (Trump U), and stiffing contractors the whole way along!!
    A coast to coast wall would waste billions of tax payer dollars, could be easily breached (as shown in the recent test of various prototypes), and would be an ecological disaster in areas that are wild and remote.
    The sooner we get an adult back in the White House, the sooner we can collectively get back to ‘making America great again’...

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 1:05 p.m.

    @RedShirt;
    "You can pull news stories from most major news outlets declaring a crisis on the southern border."

    You can ask the Mayor of McAllen, TX, where the president just visited. She said that there is no crisis and that her city is one of the safest in the US. You can ask the Congresspeople from every border State (both Republican and Democrat) and they will tell you that a wall won't work and that they don't support one. There is NO crisis. The only crisis that we have is a President that is doing the bidding of our enemies.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 12:38 p.m.

    While strolling through any construction site in the nation, and you can hear the noises of people at work, and the constant sound of Spanish being spoken.

    Most of the landscaping, drywall, roofing, and framing crews are more likely to be saying "manos a la obra" than "let's get to work".

    If conservatives were even remotely sincere about ending illegal immigration, they would be going ofter the home builders, and construction companies that hire undocumented workers.

    Don't hold your breath!

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 11:55 a.m.

    Mike Pence, Lindsey Graham and other Republicans presented tha man with a negotiated solution (without any partisan contribution) an he rejected it. He has no real interest in solutions but in the diversion. The Great Wall of China didn’t work, why would an engineer deficient border wall do? He’ll have to steal hundreds of miles from private citizens, stop essential legal immigration and not stop a single “terrorist”. Not to mention he hasn’t applied even 10% of the money he has already been appropriated by those Republicans he couldn’t convert the past 2 years.

  • RedShirtHarvard Cambridge, MA
    Jan. 11, 2019 11:16 a.m.

    One of the things that I can't figure out about liberals is how they make these altruistic statements, but don't live up to what they claim. For example, when it comes to banning guns liberals will say that banning guns is worth it if it can save just a few lives. Well, how many lives would be saved if we put up a wall that prevented illegals from entering the US, and discouraged many more from even trying to come to the US.

    Don't you want to save lives like you claimed when the problem was guns?

    To "Impartial7" if the wall crisis was invented, lets see who invented it. According to NBC "IMMIGRATION & THE BORDER: Border Crisis". "Inside the border crisis: Photos from the front lines" CNN.

    You can pull news stories from most major news outlets declaring a crisis on the southern border.

    So, if it is an invented crisis, then it was invented by the liberal media.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 11:15 a.m.

    During a speech on the white house lawn...

    "When during the campaign I would say, 'Mexico's going to pay for it,' obviously I never said this and I never meant they're going to write out a check."

    "And they don't come in at the checkpoints, which they do also."

    "I haven't done it yet. I may do it. If this doesn't work out, probably I will do it ... I would almost say definitely."

    "The buck stops with everybody."

    "I'm a professional at technology."

    ..and people still think this is a stable genius?
    This is barely english, and he even contradicts himself in the same sentence in some of these.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 10:48 a.m.

    Merlin - sort of agree with you. I see no issue in building parts of the wall. Remember we currently have 654 miles of the 700 mile wall funded in 2006.

    But the bigger problem is the wall is just a bandaid. Its not a solution. If we build a wall, and tighten entry port inspections, the drug smugglers will just find yet another way over, under, or around the wall. Israel has a wall that keeps Palestinians out, but it doesn't help with Israel's drug problem.

    What is needed is a comprehensive plan. A wall, but also a partnership with Mexico to deal with those coming to our borders seeking asylum or just work. Built jointly funded resources to deal with these people. Create staging areas where these people can come and plead their case, be vetted, and a determination made before trying to enter illegally.

    The wall is a simple minded solution to a complex problem that will just force the issue to a new location or method. Build the wall... but also fix the problem.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 10:29 a.m.

    There is no reason to create ecological and eminent domain nightmares just to make a guy, who is willing to take government workers hostage in order to not fulfill his campaign chant anyway since Mexico isn't paying for it, feel like that sort of thing is legitimate.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 9:48 a.m.

    Why aren't people talking more about the environmental consequences of the wall?

    Maybe it would help if DNews ran photos of the animals caught in the concertina wire, and those critter that were starved to death by cutting off access to their food, and water supplies?

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Jan. 11, 2019 9:22 a.m.

    If we let Trump build the wall and give him taxpayer money to do, it will only serve as a constant reminder and signal to future generations and to the entire world that we are a silly nation. The Great Wall of China is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It was built over the course of the last 2500 years and can be seen from space.

    While I'm sure our president imagines the wall that would separate the US from Mexico would someday hold the same status as the Great Wall and that his administration would be considered as great as the Ming Dynasty which built most of the wall, I fear that, instead, the wall would simply be a symbol of our foolishness as a nation and a reminder to other nations not to form alliances with such foolish people..

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 8:41 a.m.

    So Trump visited McAllen Texas yesterday to see his crisis. Yesterday the mayor of McAllen Texas said..hey no crisis here. In fact we are the safest city in Texas. The mayor plainly said no, don't build a wall, give us money for legal port security that's what we need.

    The leader of a conglomeration of Texas cities and counties who was present said publically..no don't build a wall, it's a dumb idea. She said we need legal port support.

    Gretschman, if you want to know who is here beef up domestic enforcement (e-verify etc.)

    BTW Gretschman boarder agents showed Trump stacks of drugs and weapons including a gold crusted machine gun that had been confiscated....wait for it...oh year at legal ports, every single piece.

    Your "boarder" crisis is faux and dangerous. Ask the 800,000 federal workers today who didn't get a pay check today because of this phony tantrum.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 8:22 a.m.

    I'm all for letting Trump build his wall; as long as we also let him pay for it out of his own pocket.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 6:36 a.m.

    If building a wall really is as important to Donald as you say it is, why doesn’t he build it himself with his own money?

    As for the country, most here don’t support it and we won the House. Donald tried to make the midterms all about immigrants. An the repubs got wiped out. Remember? Elections have consequences.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    Jan. 11, 2019 6:23 a.m.

    The wall is a distraction from the Mueller investigation. That's not hard to see.

    Some interesting facts.

    1. There were 6 people stopped at the southern border that were on terrorist watch list
    2. There were 91 people stopped at the norther border that were on the terrorist watch list.
    3. There were 2170 people stopped at airports that were on the terrorist watch list.

    Do we think Trump is manufacturing a fake crisis? Of course. Facts matter.

    To this letter writter. TSA is being affected by Trump's shutdown and tantrum. Airports are the entry point for terrorists, not the southern border. So Trump's tantrum is putting this country at a far great risk due to lack of security at airports than the southern border.

    We can not give in to this man's rants and distractions. Not fair to the vast majority of Americans that o not support him or this wall. (59% do not support this wall according to Gallup Poll) So do we fall for his daily crisis and diversions? No!

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Jan. 11, 2019 6:21 a.m.

    Drugs are more often flown in or trucked in (often via what would be considered a legal means) than smuggled in by the people a wall is supposed to prevent entry. Trump's DEA says so. His Justice department admits this. So do border control officials. Simply put, vast quantities of illegal drugs don't enter this country on the backs of assylum seekers or others attempting entry into the US for work. Walls won't stop drugs entering the country.

    Why do people repeat untruth in an effort to satisfy the ego of this President?

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 6:11 a.m.

    Congress is at fault here. If republicans and democrats allow trump to declare a national emergency then they have given up their power to the executive branch.

    McConnell and Pelosi need to broker a deal that is veto proof and get the government back open today.

  • Gretschman Draper, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 6:08 a.m.

    Oh, it is happening. The American People are waking up. Border security is important. Walls work, and we simply cannot afford to take a limitless supply of people. It is even more challenging when you look at all the freebies being promised to anyone with a pulse. We have to be able to know who is here.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 12:48 a.m.

    No. Let's not. This idea is insane.

  • Unreconstructed Reb BE, 00
    Jan. 10, 2019 11:07 p.m.

    "Building something big is important to him."

    There are worse arguments for a multi-billion dollar money pit that won't fulfill its intended purpose.

    But not many.

    Placating the president's vanity and need to build a monument in his name is absurd national policy. He serves us, not the other way around. We don't throw money at something just because it's important to him as a builder.

    I wouldn't reward a toddler throwing a tantrum for not getting his way, and that's exactly what's happening here.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 10, 2019 9:14 p.m.

    No. The wall "crisis" is invented to distract us from the tightening Mueller investigation. Give him the wall, and next week he'll invent another crisis. One that may get us into a war. He cares about no one but himself. Always has been that way.