Shutdown worth the cost

By Kimberly Scanlan, Staff Writer

Throughout his campaign, President Trump promised many times, “We’re going to build a wall, and Mexico is going to pay.” While I, like most Republicans, am upset that the United States will not be receiving a $5.7 billion check from Mexico, I, as an American, am extremely thrilled that we have a president that is willing to fight for our safety.

I’m going to make this very simple: If you do not support the wall, then you do support illegal immigration. I cannot see it any other way.

If you are against an obstacle that would make it harder for illegal aliens to get into the country, then do you want them here? I for one do not.

While this statement may seem harsh to some, I believe that in order to achieve the American dream, you have to put in work. If you are willing to take the easy way out, willing to skip the line and willing to harm the country that you so badly wish to be a citizen of, then you don’t deserve to be here. We don’t need any more government leeches.

With that said, at first I was torn about the government shutdown.

As a small government conservative, I was ecstatic at first. A government shutdown? You mean to tell me that taxes will not be collected, welfare won’t be distributed and Congress will be forced to fix this issue in order to make their paychecks?

Wrong. Taxes will be taken from the hard-working to benefit the lazy. Rest assured, welfare will be delivered. Our favorite members of the swamp will be paid.

While none of this is exactly great, this is where I’m torn: lower-level government employees will not be paid. The little guy will be forgotten and with a parent who is one of these “little guys,” a Border Patrol agent, it is concerning.

The issue I have with this shutdown is not that the little guys are forgotten, it’s that the big guys are remembered. If this shutdown has to mean that taxes will be collected, welfare distributed, and the little guy forgotten, I’m fine with that, as long as the big guy is forgotten as well.

If we withhold the paychecks of the men and women who can not compromise in Congress, then the shutdown is a flawless move on Trump’s part. He is forcing the Democratic elites to choose between illegal aliens and U.S. citizens.

Unfortunately, the middle-class government employee is harmed in the process. With this in mind, these employees are not simply slaving away at their own expense. All of the employees will be paid in full at the end of the shutdown. This is fine for some families who have money saved, but for those who are living paycheck to paycheck, it is detrimental.

After weighing the options, I have concluded that while the shutdown may be an unfortunate circumstance at the time, in the long run, it will be good for the country.

It will set a precedent for future presidents, showing that following through on campaign promises is extremely important.

It will prove to the rest of the world that the United States is done being pushed around by illegal aliens.

It will secure our borders by keeping violent criminals, murderers, gang members and drug mules, who would have been denied legal citizenship, out of our great country.

The wall is backed up by facts as well. In El Paso a large fence was built, and it faced the same controversy as the wall does today. According to the New York Post, illegal immigration has dropped by 89 percent in the town. So yes, barriers do work, that’s why nobody is in your home at night after you lock your doors.

Another argument against the wall is the cost. According to the Heritage Foundation, illegal immigrants cost our government $150 billion yearly. That means that on average, we spend almost $411 million daily on illegal aliens. I recognize that the wall would not immediately eliminate these costs, but compared to that, $5.7 billion is nothing.

So yes, I applaud President Trump for holding out and standing strong. And yes, I realize that the shutdown harms some families. But yes, I do believe that a wall is necessary to ensure a safe future for the country, and if we need to shut down the government to reach a solution, so be it.

Posted: Jan. 10

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