Trump Starts To Lose Conservatives Who See Wall As Simplistic Fixation

A Border Patrol officer makes his rounds near central El Paso on December 23, 2018. - The US government began a Christmastime shutdown early on December 22, after Congress adjourned without passing a federal spending... A Border Patrol officer makes his rounds near central El Paso on December 23, 2018. - The US government began a Christmastime shutdown early on December 22, after Congress adjourned without passing a federal spending bill or addressing President Donald Trump's demand for money to build a border wall. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 24, 2019 8:01 am
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Though President Donald Trump’s border wall has long alienated Democrats of all stripes, some conservatives are cooling on the idea as well, since they see other border security measures as more important and effective.

According to a Wednesday Politico report, hardliners are much more gung-ho about measures like E-Verify and reducing legal immigration than a few miles of wall.

“President Trump was elected to put forth a multi-pronged approach to immigration, not just build a couple hundred miles of border barriers,” RJ Hauman, government relations director at the pro-enforcement Federation for American Immigration Reform, told Politico. “It’s disappointing to see what he’s doing now.”

“Ultimately a border wall is less important than interior enforcement, including E-Verify,” Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review, added.

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