President Donald Trump is holding firm on securing the border and demanding funding for the wall, and it appears several top Democrats are beginning to crack.As noted by The Washington Free Beacon, several congressional Democrats are turning on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and voicing their support for a border wall.
The federal government has been partially shutdown for roughly three weeks, but there’s a noticeable trend that more and more Democrats are coming out in support of a border barrier to end the shutdown.
“I think there are parts of the border that would benefit from repairing fencing and other barricades that already exist there,” said Democratic Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts.
Rep. Katherine Clark, D-MA, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the Democrat conference, said on MSNBC that the border would benefit from additional barriers.
“You know, I think there are parts of the border that would benefit from repairing fencing and other barricades that already exist there,” she said.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, also told CNN that he would support a barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico.
“Some fencing is useful, some barriers are useful,” Merkley said. “There’s a lot of surveillance technology. I’ve been to some cities on the border that have triple fencing and have more personnel and have the technology to see the people moving in the middle of the night.”
Rep. John Garamendi, D-CA, admitted in late December that Democrats support a barrier, including a fence.
“Democrats have repeatedly said that we will support border security, we will support all of its elements including fences,” Garamendi said.
During an interview on CNN, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-IL, who also serves as the chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said she has no issue with a border wall.
“If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” Bustos said.
Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland echoed a similar tune while on CNN, voicing his support for a border barrier.
“Certainly you need barriers and we support barriers,” Cardin said.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-CA, who is reportedly considering a 2020 presidential run, voiced his support for Trump’s wall.
“If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” said Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said: “There are areas along the border where there are currently fences that are put up or barriers that are put up that need to be enhanced.”
It certainly appears that more and more Democrats are beginning to crack, and a brand new immigration poll of 2019 may indicate why.
According to a new Economist/YouGov survey, 93 percent of Americans say illegal immigration is a problem.
The president wants at least $5 billion for border wall funding and Democrats originally offered $1.6 billion, which they claimed was a “very generous” offer.
Trump has also threatened to declare a national emergency and have the military build his wall, which would use funds from the Department of Defense.