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Q: Should President Trump compromise on the border wall in order to avoid a government shutdown?


“Of course a compromise should be reached! A government shutdown is not something to be proud of, and should never be used as a bargaining chip. This is because it isn’t just a title. You may feel like a government shutdown has no effect, but the people it really hurts are among the nation’s most vulnerable. Poor families, janitors, security guards, and other low-wage federal contractors are hit very hard by a shutdown, if the 2013 US Government shutdown proved anything at all. In an article published by Vox, it is stated that “In October 2013, more than 850,000 federal workers were furloughed for the 16-day shutdown, affecting services for Americans in all 50 states”. This could cause problems for citizens not getting the same services as usual, but more importantly, if you are a child of a low-wage Federal employee this government shutdown is something straight out of a nightmare. For families living paycheck to paycheck, this is horrid. A part time job becomes necessary, but finding a part time job on little notice for a unknown amount of time is impossible. In a statement released by Héctor Figueroa, president of the labor union 32BJ SEIU he states “Members like Eddie Rivera, a security officer at the Statue of Liberty, will lose his only means of support for his six children.” Think about that family, who’s fate hinges on people they’ve never met doing their job. You may think a border wall is important, but the intended purpose of a border wall is to try to help Americans. If President Trump is trying to help Americans, he should find another way to achieve his goals. Hurting the most vulnerable Americans is not worth a wall; and if you’re insistent about the way, get the funds in another way.”

Julia from California


“Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution states this: Before he enters the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Within this oath that all presidents must take, is the promise that the president will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Thus, our President has made a promise to protect the people of the United States and their rights, to the best of his ability. If President Trump believes that compromising on this issue will result in a break of that oath, then he is obligated to fulfill whatever duties he has Implimented as the President of the United States. Thus, if he gave in to a compromise, then he wouldn’t be upholding his belief in what is best for the protection of the country and its people.”

Grace from Tennessee

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– President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961