James Lambert
For the good of the country: Dems need to negotiate & compromise with the President
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By James Lambert
January 31, 2019

The U.S. Border Patrol and the Immigration and Customs agencies tell us that the majority of illegal drugs found in this country pass through our southern Border. This information comes directly from agencies that work along our Southern border and are familiar with evidence they find from people who illegally enter our country.

The President is willing to negotiate on items that Senate and House Democrats have been wanting (including reforms involving temporary residents who are currently not citizens). The President is fully willing to compromise and offer Democrats items they are seeking through legislation.

The amount that President Trump is requesting ($5.7 billion) represents only 1.55% of the total budget. This is based on the most recent budget total from last year which was 3.654 trillion dollars. Certainly this total ($5.7 billion) is small in comparison to the total budget and the advantage our country will gain by improving this country's border security.

Liberals regularly show their concern about gun violence around the country (including the murder rate in this country's 2nd largest city: Chicago). What most people don't know is that the border city of Tijuana has a murder rate almost three times that of Chicago (totaling over 2,300 last year). And Tijuana has a much smaller population too.

Another good reason for Senate and House Democrats to negotiate on this issue is the cost that illegal immigration represents to the average citizen. This includes:
  • Food stamps paid for by U.S. taxpayers to illegal aliens

  • Affordable housing paid for by the U.S. taxpayers to illegal aliens

  • Competition for entry level jobs (affecting many young U.S. citizens looking for their first jobs).

  • Potential voter fraud already found in a number of cases around the country

  • Increased gang violence (due to the influx of gang criminals from Mexico and Central America).
Democrats and Republicans both must realize that they must do the best they can for the American public. They must fairly represent our citizens across the country. I am hopeful that both sides will see that legislative compromise is the best solution for our country to avoid another legislative stalemate.

© James Lambert

 

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James Lambert

James Lambert has a broad business background. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Linfield College (McMinnville, Oregon), Lambert pursued a career in banking by working in various management capacities for Crocker Bank, San Diego Trust & Savings Bank and First Interstate Bank (between 1973 and 1995). By 1990 Lambert received his Master in Business Administration from National University (San Diego). For 3 years, Lambert also taught Finance at Mira Costa Community College... (more)

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