Governor Jerry Brown has lost, but refuses to give up, so San Diego has requested the move.
American politicians have talked about a border wall on the southern border since the Ronald Reagan presidency. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have claimed they’d get ‘hard’ on illegal immigration, but nothing has happened, until now. After all those years, it seems a president is finally going to do something about it building the wall, other than talking about it.
On Wednesday, President Donald J. Trump said that the federal government will begin work on a section of the border wall he promised the country in his 2016 campaign. In a shocking turn of events, the first portion of the wall will be built in a California city that asked the federal government to build it. San Diego simply could not wait, and demanded that the President begin construction on their border. Construction is slated to begin soon, and this must infuriate the liberal elite in California and around the country.
In a statement to reporters at the White House, President Trump said that San Diego asked his administration not to wait on approval from Governor Jerry Brown before building the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The city of San Diego’s attempts to negotiate and lobby the state’s governor have so far failed to produce any agreement between the two.
Governor Brown, the liberal governor of the most leftist state in the nation, repeatedly fought against securing the border in any way. He is not likely to ever allow the wall, if he has the choice.
When President Trump deployed the National Guard to the border, Brown even refused to allow California National Guard soldiers do anything to actually secure or assist the United States Border Patrol in any material way.
In early October, 2017, the California Governor even declared the entire state of California a ‘sanctuary state,’ meaning that the state would not cooperate with the federal government, and would not turn over illegal alien criminals to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
To say that Brown has been ‘hostile’ to President Donald Trump’s policies, especially as they pertain to the environment and the problem of illegal immigration, would be a severe understatement.
On the other hand, the city of San Diego, located in the extreme southwest of California and right across the border from Tijuana, has repeatedly shown that they’re more open to the president’s border control plans.
In April, in a direct refutation of the governor’s choice to make the state a ‘sanctuary state,’ the board of supervisors for San Diego County voted to support the president’s legal challenge against the state and its ‘sanctuary’ declaration.
Due to their position on the border, San Diego County has more reason than most to worry about illegal immigration, especially from the Mexican city of Tijuana.
Tijuana is the birthplace of the Tijuana cartel, which eventually lost control of the territory to the Sinaloa cartel, one of the most feared and violent cartels in South America.
Violent crime in Tijuana has reached near-epidemic levels in recent years due to the drug war and human trafficking through the city (mostly toward heading north). In 2013, there were 492 murders in the city. In 2017, that number increased to 1,744, in a city of 1.6 million people.
The most important question is whether or not the federal government can begin construction on the border wall without the approval of the state government, but with approval of the local government.
President Trump, who is no stranger to eminent domain laws, may suggest that the federal government should utilize such regulations to seize land on the border.
Then the federal government can build the wall on the ‘seized’ land.
However, if the California Attorney General attempted to fight the land seizure, the border wall could very easily wind up stalled in courts for years.
Who is responsible for setting border policy, the United States government or the states?
During the Barack Obama presidency, it seemed fairly obvious that the federal government claimed that right, and actively sought to penalize those who took a more strict stance on immigration than they did.
If that same legal standard is applied to the border wall, then what the governor thinks about the border wall is irrelevant.
More likely than not, this issue will end up in the courts. If that occurs, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, commonly known as the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals, will side with Brown, and the Supreme Court would very likely take the case.
What the United States Supreme Court would decide is anyone’s guess.
Sadly, while Jerry Brown postures and panders to illegal immigrants, the people of his state, especially those on the southern border, will continue to struggle to cope with illegal immigration and the issues that come with it.
Democrats promised to build a border wall in exchange for a widespread amnesty during the Reagan years. It’s good to see that someone is finally pushing through on that promise, though it is disappointing that democrats are still putting party before country where illegal immigration is concerned.