by Mark Angelides
There is no denying that the promises of illegal immigration crackdowns and a secure border wall were behind a large portion of President Trump’s votes. He got regular folk excited by the idea of being able to properly protect the nation’s borders, but up until now, despite some good progress, he has not yet managed to get the wall built nor effectively deal with Sanctuary Cities. However, a look at recent events shows that the ducks are being lined up nicely.
On Tuesday, US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, ruled against blocking parts of a border wall being built in California. This is a little reported thing but it is a fact that Californians, despite being against the idea of Trump’s Wall, they still want part of their own wall to be built. Trump hailed this decision as a victory. Why would he do that?
The reality is that he is setting in motion several plots that will result in Californians siding with him on the whole wall idea. He Tweeted:
“I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved. Big victory yesterday with ruling from the courts that allows us to proceed. OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!”
So California can’t have their wall unless the rest of the nation gets to come along for the ride.
Added to this were comments he made last week regarding the status of Sanctuary Cities. President Trump has tried to cut funding to these places based on the fact that they are not cooperating with Federal authorities, but has been unsuccessful…So he decided to try a new method. He said:
“If we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said, ‘hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves,’ in two months they’d be begging for us to come back, they would be begging. And you know what, I’m thinking about doing it.”
If he actually goes ahead with these two things, it is fairly likely that California would end up in a huge mess of its own creation. At that point, they will come crawling back asking for both ICE assistance and the building of the wall. Will he actually be able to win the state of California in 2020? It seems unlikely, but it will end up a much closer contest than the DNC wants.
by Mark Angelides