"How Trump's Plan for Border Wall Is Compromised"
By Nate Bruggeman and Ben Rohrbaugh - The Austin American-Statesman
President Trump clearly remains fixated on building a wall along the Southwest border, though the scope of what he wants — and what the administration is pursuing — are murky. Whatever the intent, the Trump Administration has not taken steps to realize the wall, as exemplified by the president’s failure to propose and obtain the necessary funding for it.
Although the wall is a bad idea on the merits and unlikely to be built, the president’s infatuation with it is taking an unfortunate and dangerous turn. As recent reporting indicates, the administration is attempting to give the president something wall-like through the expansion and construction of additional fencing. However, in doing so, the administration is ignoring the security experts and taking money from essential border security programs to pay for it. . . .