After meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi mocked his desire for border-wall funding. “It’s like a manhood thing for him,” she told members of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee after returning to the Capitol. “It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”

It does not bode well for bipartisan cooperation that the presumptive leader of the House Democrats responded to Trump’s request for border-wall funding with ad hominem remarks.

But maybe Pelosi had no choice. Trump is right, and she almost certainly knows it. A wall would make illegal border crossings more difficult.

In fact, Senate Democrats used to support such measures. When the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed to authorize the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the Mexican border, 26 Democratic senators voted for it. It passed in the Senate by a vote of 80 to 19.

In the House, it passed by a vote of 283 to 138, with 64 Democrats voting for it. Pelosi voted against it.

On the other hand, Trump is mistaken if he thinks that he just has to construct a wall between the United States and Mexico to secure the border.

Many of the undocumented aliens in the United States did not cross the Mexican border illegally to get here.

A report issued by three Yale-affiliated researchers in September 2018, estimates that there are more than 22 million undocumented aliens in the United States, and that approximately 41 percent of them entered as nonimmigrant visitors and overstayed their admission periods.


Published originally on The Hill.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.