Maybe you’ve run into this argument. Generally, I think Democrats don’t want a border wall and don’t want illegal aliens charged with a crime because they support open borders. But if you challenge them on it, they get offended. Ever try pointing out that Hillary Clinton supported a border “fence”? Like when she voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006? Oh look, here’s video of her bragging about voting for it:
So let’s talk about the cost. $21.6 billion. That’s no small amount. That’s almost twice as much as it costs to build an aircraft carrier. So some, perhaps Libertarians and Conservatives, have a reason to think a border wall, fence, barrier, or whatever you want to call it, would cost too much. But not Democrats.
But let’s ignore Obama’s previous spending. Let’s ignore his average deficits of $900 billion a year. Let’s talk about the future. Democrats, such as Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and nearly every other potential future Democrat Presidential candidate supports guaranteed jobs or universal basic income. The only one who doesn’t is Joe Biden, who at his age might be struggling reading internal party polls.
So Democrats really have no credibility when it comes to the argument that a wall costs too much. Here’s an idea for Democrats to think about. Guaranteed employment means people need something to work on. Why not have them build a wall?