Letter: Presidential promises

Published: 9/7/2019 12:01:18 AM
Modified: 9/7/2019 12:01:06 AM

A key campaign promise of the president’s during the 2016 election was the construction of a border wall between Mexico and the United States in an effort to reduce the flow of asylum seekers and other immigrants from Central America. The president promised a 2,000-mile wall from “sea to sea.” And because, as the president claimed at the time, Mexico was at fault, they would pay for the wall.

Yet recently the secretary of defense announced that $3.6 billion in military construction projects would be canceled and those funds would instead be used to construct the border wall. These funds had originally been appropriated by Congress for critically important military projects supporting our troops. Now it appears that Mexico won’t in fact pay for the wall as promised but American taxpayers will.

To date, 2½ years into the president’s term, no new wall has been constructed, and only 47 miles of existing fencing has been enhanced. Those 47 miles account for a meager 2.3% of the border itself.

Perhaps even more alarming, the president has encouraged his aides to build the wall by any means necessary, even if it involves taking private lands or other illegal acts. And the president promised pardons to any aides found guilty of illegal acts.

Over and over the president has failed to live up to his promises.

CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT

Concord




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