Speaking on “The Sean Hannity Show,” on Friday Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies Jessica Vaughan said the caravan shows it is “absolutely clear now … we do need to have the wall and other infrastructure at the border,” but House Republicans “can’t agree on a funding plan.”
“It’s absolutely clear now, if it wasn’t before, with this caravan, that we do need to have the wall and other infrastructure at the border,” Jessica Vaughan said.
“The problem is is that there’s just a little bit of time left when we’re going to have Republicans in the House in charge, and they can’t agree on a funding plan,” Vaughan stated later in the interview. “That’s how deep the chasm is within the Republican party over what the priorities should be, enforcement or other types of immigration reform.”
Vaughan’s comments come as President Trump is threatening a partial government shutdown if he doesn’t get five billion dollars in wall funding in the upcoming DHS spending bill before the December 7th deadline. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters last week that “the 1.6 billion for border security negotiated by Democrats and Republicans is our position.”
Below is a transcript of the exchange between Sean Hannity and Jessica Vaughan:
Sean Hannity: “What’s your take, Jessica? And I think building the wall is the answer. And you know, the president said a number of things: One he would consider shutting down the government over funding the wall. The second is it’s interesting to watch liberals, they’re just apoplectic at Chuck Schumer because he agreed to negotiate funding for the wall.
“What they don’t know is nothing will ever get done if you don’t negotiate and there’s not a give or take. And even the president was willing to compromise for full funding of the wall to help DREAMers, and that didn’t work out in the end. And he says, ‘Well let’s put a fence up.’ And I’m like ‘Okay, what, so we can climb over a fence in two seconds? That doesn’t make any sense. It’s not going to work.’
“But the bottom line is the president has three and a half billion. If he gets the five billion he’s looking for now, that’s eight and a half billion. And the president made a comment recently that ‘You know what, I’ll negotiate myself for the wall and get the price down to where I’ll be able to get a lot more bang for my buck.’”
Jessica Vaughan: “Yes. It’s absolutely clear now, if it wasn’t before, with this caravan, that we do need to have the wall and other infrastructure at the border. And we also need to have resources for our immigration enforcement agencies so that they can enforce the law in the border vicinity and in the interior of the country so that we aren’t a magnet for illegal immigration and also reform the asylum system that people are abusing as a pretext to get into the country. Even though, as you said, they’re just trying to get into the country. They’re not necessarily seeking asylum or to escape persecution. And the congress needs to do this.
“The problem is is that there’s just a little bit of time left when we’re going to have Republicans in the House in charge, and they can’t agree on a funding plan. That’s how deep the chasm is within the Republican Party over what the priority should be: enforcement or other types of immigration reform. Hopefully, they will be able to salvage something to get the executive branch the resources that they need. But things are only going to get tougher come January when the Democrats are running the House and initiating all the spending bills.”