Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he’s immediately starting construction on his big beautiful wall across the United States’ southern border with Mexico. And, he has former President Barack Obama to thank for it.
Trump signed an executive order to start construction on the wall. However, he’ll likely be tapping into funding available from a 2006 law for a 700-mile double sided fence along the Mexican border. That law was signed by President Bush and supported at the time by most of the major figures in the Democratic Party at the time.
The 2006 Secure Fence Act was supported by Democratic Senators Joe Biden (Del.), Hillary Clinton (N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (Cali.), Barack Obama (Ill.), and Chuck Schumer (N.Y.).
Even though the fence was intended to stretch 700 miles, less than 36 miles of fencing was completed. According to The Daily Caller, when Democrats took control of Congress in 2007, they changed the law to allow the Department of Homeland Security to build whatever type of barrier they considered appropriate.
If the theme of 2016 was tragedy, then 2017’s is going to be irony.