(CNSNews.com) - Apparently reacting to cable TV chatter about walls, barriers, and fences, President Trump tweeted early Thursday morning: "Lets (sic) just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games! A WALL is a WALL!"
The president issued four other tweets with a similar theme:
-- Large sections of WALL have already been built with much more either under construction or ready to go. Renovation of existing WALLS is also a very big part of the plan to finally, after many decades, properly Secure Our Border. The Wall is getting done one way or the other!
-- Very sadly, Murder cases in Mexico in 2018 rose 33% from 2017, to 33,341. This is a big contributor to the Humanitarian Crises taking place on our Southern Border and then spreading throughout our Country. Worse even than Afghanistan. Much caused by DRUGS. Wall is being built!
-- With Murders up 33% in Mexico, a record, why wouldn’t any sane person want to build a Wall! Construction has started and will not stop until it is finished. @LouDobbs @foxandfriends
-- Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I’ve got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!
(A few hours later came another tweet: "More troops being sent to the Southern Border to stop the attempted Invasion of Illegals, through large Caravans, into our Country. We have stopped the previous Caravans, and we will stop these also. With a Wall it would be soooo much easier and less expensive. Being Built!")
Fox News reported Thursday morning that the Mexican government is now assisting Central American caravans in their journey to the U.S. border. Reporter Griff Jenkins, who is traveling with one of the caravans, was in Mexico City, where the migrants hopped on subways to another station, where they will board buses provided free by the Mexico City government.
The buses will drive them to a town some two-and-a-half hours north, where they will "continue the traditional journey," as Jenkins put it, to Mexican border towns such as Tijuana.
Jenkins also reported that the Mexican government has just scrapped its temporary asylum program for Central Americans, capping it at 12,600. And he said another caravan is now forming in Honduras, to follow in the footsteps of the two now on their way.
Border security talks
Bipartisan negotiations on a border security deal began on Wednesday, as a House Appropriation conference committee met for the first time.
One of those conferees, Rep. Pete Aguilar (R-Calif.), told CNN on Thursday morning that the first day of discussions was "more about opening statements and letting the American public know where we stand on these issues. I think now we'll work behind the scenes and have more public meetings in order to get to that compromise."
Most Democrats, including Aguilar, oppose any new money for the kind of border wall envisioned by President Trump.
"This needs to be an evidence-based decision on what is effective for border security at the ports of entry and between our ports of entry," Aguilar said. "If my colleagues want to talk about added barriers, they are free do that. I thought the Senator Hoeven actually got it right by saying protecting the border is about manpower, technology, and barriers. What I would say is that's fine, 654 miles of barriers, we have that, let's move on to some of those other topics."
Aguilar said he believes conferees in both parties "want to come to a conclusion on this."
When asked how much money Democrats would be willing to give Trump for a wall -- Trump's request is $5.7 billion -- Aguilar said, "there isn't a number."
"But what I would say is, Homeland Security has billions of dollars that they have not spent that Congress allocated in prior years. Let's spend those dollars, and if we're going to allocate a new dollar of taxpayer money, let's do it in a smart and effective way.
"Let's ask folks what is the most effective way to spend that tax dollar. And I think that by and large the data will tell us making sure we invest in our ports of entry and add technology will be the better use of that tax dollar."