Liberals have been freaking out about President Donald Trump planning to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall and asking Mexico to pay for it. He signed an executive order Wednesday starting the wall’s construction. “A nation without borders is not a nation,” Trump said. “Beginning today, the U.S. gets back control of its borders.”
What everyone seem to forget is when the Obama administration did the exact same thing and made Canada pay for the entirety of a $2 billion border bridge — including the U.S. customs plaza.
Canada agreed to pay for the new Detroit-Windsor bridge, U.S. customs building and the access roads around the bridge in 2015, not being able to get the U.S. to pay for the $250 million customs building. The Canadian government had already agreed to pay for 95 percent of the bridge’s costs, which is scheduled to be finished in 2020.
In 2012, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper insisted the customs building was “the responsibility of the U.S. government,” but after Washington, D.C. agreeing only to operate and staff the building and not pay for it, Canada had to take care of the rest.
Trump hasn’t explained how exactly the U.S. will get Mexico to pay for the wall, since the Mexican president declined every connection with the building and the paying of the wall, but he hinted Thursday that American taxpayers could pay for it initially, reports The Daily Caller.
Then-Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton all helped pass a 2006 law authorizing construction of 700 miles of fencing along the southern border, as well as additional lights, cameras and sensors to enhance security.
Since the law was never actually repealed, the federal government is still authorized to build a substantial wall on the southern border, by simply packaging the funds necessary into a massive spending bill Democrats would have a politically hard time opposing.