Trump has been trying to frame this debate around either a wall or no border security at all. That, of course is a total lie.
The Democrats have been funding, or agreeing to fund, border security for years. Just not a wall in the most literal, expensive and intrusive sense.
There was a bipartisan offer of $25 Billion along with a DACA resolution early last year, and Trump changed his mind. Meaning, of course, that he cannot be relied on to negotiate in good faith.
So now the offer from the Democrats is more border security funding, $1.7 billion or so, and that is not enough for Trump. As a matter of fact, the issue is not really about border security but rather a technicality of how such security is effected.
Technology and personnel is what the majority of the border agents want. And if the front lines say that will work better than just a wall that will take years, or even a decade to build, then let’s take them at their word.
So it comes down to assuaging a mercurial and unreliable president about his key campaign promise that was never anything more than a slogan. I say no more funding for the wall and put the pressure on McConnell to send a bill to the president so the Congress can override the veto.
As an aside, if the president keeps the government shut down, in my opinion he is not executing the laws of the nation nor being an effective administrator of the government. Both of those fall into the realm of “high crimes and misdemeanors”. His actions are damaging the financial security of millions, which includes government employees, private contractors’ employees and small businesses that depend upon income from catering to both.
In other words, he is creating a true crisis by his own inexcusable actions to soothe his ego.