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Mr. President, Veto the Open Borders Bill

us president donald trump with cabinet members and conservative leaders discussing border security

President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Weds. Jan. 23, 2019. The president hosted a roundtable with conservative leaders to discuss security at the southern border. (Susan Walsh/AP)

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:16 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Congress is expected shortly to approve legislation that would, ostensibly, end the impasse over border security and avoid a further, partial government shutdown.

President Trump has yet to say publicly whether he’ll sign it.

The specific temptation for Mr. Trump is the claim that he’ll get money for 55 miles of border fencing, said to be a down-payment for more in the years ahead. He also expects to be able to move funds from other accounts and order further barrier construction without specific congressional permission.

Unfortunately, these options are likely to be effectively foreclosed by language open borders lawmakers have sneaked into the 1,000-page spending bill. Press reports indicate that it will enable state and even local officials to veto construction of any further border barriers.

The president must veto any such legislation and use his authority to secure the border.

Frank Gaffney, Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a columnist for The Washington Times, and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio. Read more reports from Frank Gaffney, Jr. — Click Here Now.

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