President Donald Trump wants to build a $5 billion wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but the only way to do it is to use a military solution, a key ally of the president told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reported that Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGOP Senate candidate to hold fundraiser for South Carolina Democrat in swing state Senate candidate Todd Young to announce bid for Speaker MORE (R-S.C.) and Sen. Bob Corker Robert (Bob) Phillips CorkerThe Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward GOP senator calls for Kavanaugh to be removed from Kavanaugh hearing MORE (D-Tenn.) sent a letter to Trump on Wednesday urging him to stop the wall.
“The President should withdraw the proposed border wall funding,” Graham wrote in the letter, which was first reported by the Washington Post.
“It would be an enormous mistake to build the wall, with the money it would cost, and at a time when we need our border secure and the cost of maintaining it not just prohibitive but in some cases impossible to pay.”
Corker also noted that it would be a waste of resources and money to build “a wall that is going to be of no value to us.”
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Corker and Graham were working to introduce a border security bill in Congress that would include a $2 trillion wall, a request that Trump has rejected.
The bill, which would include the use of military force against drug cartels and criminals, was originally introduced in January and was supported by both Graham and Corker, but was withdrawn due to lack of support.
The bill would have authorized $2.5 billion to construct a wall along both sides of the border, which is part of Trump’s plan to secure the border and stop the flow of drugs and weapons across the border.
But it was rejected by Republicans on the House side and Corker and Trump agreed that a wall is the dumbest concept in the history of the world.
“It is time for Congress to take the lead on securing our borders and stopping illegal immigration,” Graham said.
“A wall would be devastating for our economy, our economy would be disastrous for our communities, our businesses and our people, and a wall would also cost too much money.
The only solution to the border security problem is to build our own border wall, not some wall from China or Mexico.”
Graham added that the proposed wall could be “implemented as a wall from the Chinese,” and that it could be built “from the ground up, with technology that has not been used in years.”
“I know that there are some who will say that building the wall will require us to pay for it, but this is not true.
We do not need to pay to build this wall,” Graham added.
“We need to build it from the ground, because this is the most cost-effective and effective way to secure our borders.
And we will not pay for the wall through tax dollars.”
The wall’s supporters have said that building a wall on the border will make it easier for illegal immigrants to enter the country, and that the administration should not spend money building the border wall.
Trump has argued that building an additional wall would cost billions of dollars and that a “deportation force” could be deployed to the U-20, U-2, and C-130 aircraft carriers in the U and C seas.