Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly called on Republican delegates to put the Trump border wall in the GOP platform.
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The promise to build a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico has carried Donald Trump to his remarkable victory in the Republican primaries for president. Now it’s time to put that promise into the official Republican Party Platform.
Many would be surprised to learn that a border security fence or wall was not already in the Republican platform. After all, President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act, which Congress passed in 2006 with the support of many Democrats including then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
In the 10 years since Bush signed that law in a staged photo-op, the government has actually built only 36 miles of secure double fencing instead of the 700 miles authorized by that bipartisan, high-profile law. As a result, our southern border is penetrated daily by wave after wave of drug-smuggling, human-trafficking people with incurable or infectious diseases such as the Zika virus, and even Muslims and Chinese people who somehow made their way to Mexico.
Business lobbyists and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who hold too much influence in the Republican Party, oppose a wall because it would interfere with their continued exploitation of cheap foreign labor at the expense of American workers. In addition to tolerating the flow of illegal labor, the Chamber wants to expand every category of visas for foreign workers, both skilled and unskilled.
According to Politico, Republican power brokers have convened “as many as 10 closed-door huddles with business lobbyists to discuss the party’s platform.” Attendees were warned not to discuss details with the press, but you can bet that building a wall was not on their agenda.
The big-business lobbyists also expressed alarm at Trump’s promise to “discourage companies from moving jobs outside the United States.” One participant said his colleagues are “pretty much aghast” at Trump’s proposals to protect Americans against rampant cheating by our so-called “trading partners.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, has been developing his own agenda for Republicans in an effort to compete with Trump’s. Under the slogan “A Better Way,” Ryan’s proposals include old chestnuts like cutting taxes, entitlements and regulations, but nothing about limiting immigration or the hemorrhage of jobs to foreign countries.