Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by JD Heyes
Donald J. Trump was the first presidential candidate in a generation from either party to campaign on a promise to fully enforce all immigration laws and to dramatically improve border security for all Americans.
As a candidate, Trump also touted one of his most popular border security measures: A border wall that extends the length of the U.S.-Mexico border, virtually uninterrupted (and for good measure the candidate said Mexico would pay for it).
Both pledges resonated with voters in a majority of states who were sick and tired of Obama’s and Democrats’ open-border policies that allowed anyone who could walk, run, or be dragged across the border stay in the United States.
The wall was especially popular — which is why Left-wing unlimited immigration groups went to court to stop the president from making good on his pledge.
Now, however, a federal court has cleared the way for the border wall to proceed after ruling the administration has the authority to waive several environmental regulations that would have needlessly delayed construction of the wall for years, the Washington Times reported.
The paper added:
The state of California and environmental groups had been counting on the lawsuit to derail the border wall, and the judge’s ruling to the contrary is a major boost to Mr. Trump.
The ruling is all the more striking because [it] comes [from] Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, who Mr. Trump famously called biased during the 2016 campaign because of his Mexican heritage.
Curiel said that his opinion had nothing to do with whether or not a wall is good policy or a bad decision. Instead, he did what federal judges are supposed to do in such cases: Rule on whether or not the government and the president have the constitutional authority to do something.
And in this case, he had to rule that Trump does.
“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” he wrote in a ruling that stretched 101 pages.
True, but of course, that cuts both ways, your honor; had the American people not put Barack Obama in office twice the country would not have been subject to policies that encouraged border-jumping lawlessness. (Related: Obama’s DACA program tied to growth of deadly MS-13 gang which has spread to 22 states: End it NOW.)
Nevertheless, it isn’t likely that the open borders crowd will accept just this ruling. If I were a betting man, I’d say an appeal is already in the works. But frankly, it’s encouraging to see a judge who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California by Obama who understands his role in our system; his job isn’t to make law or policy but rule on the legality and constitutionality of same.
As for the wall itself, Mexican politicians still haven’t accepted that one way or another, Trump will ensure that our southern neighbor pays for the wall’s construction. In recent days Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a planned meeting with Trump in the U.S. for the second time in a year because our president continues to insist that Mexico pay for it (because our illegal immigration problem is coming from Mexico).
As reported by The Wall Street Journal:
Messrs. Trump and Peña Nieto had a “tense” phone call lasting nearly an hour last Tuesday that culminated in what U.S. officials described as a mutual decision to put off a meeting at the White House.
Things got difficult as Mr. Trump was “exasperated” at Mr. Peña Nieto’s insistence that the U.S. president steer clear of talking about his campaign pledge that Mexico would pay for construction of the border wall, senior U.S. and Mexican officials said.
Why should he steer clear of it? He just got court approval to build it.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.