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Roundtable: Wall Furor Affects Workers, Businesses And San Diego Politicians


Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune

Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego

Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune

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In his speech Tuesday night, President Donald Trump cited a national security emergency at the border to enlist public support for $5.7 billion for his border wall.

Democrats aren’t having it.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded the government be re-opened before any discussion of funding for the wall.

Since the standoff shut down most of the federal government on December 22, government workers have missed one paycheck; some Border Patrol agents working without pay are suing; most immigration cases are not going forward; National Parks are filled with trash; Joshua Tree National Park was vandalized and is currently closed; TSA employees are working without pay and calling in sick; and food stamps are not being given out.

And the federal government is now dumping asylum seekers, without any resources, on the streets of San Diego.

In the midst of this turmoil, Gavin Newsom was sworn in as California's new governor. He lambasted Trump and said he would continue the fiscal responsibility of his predecessor, Jerry Brown. But he also laid out ambitious goals for education, affordable housing, and parental leave.

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Two new members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Nathan Fletcher and Jim Desmond, were sworn in Monday. They immediately moved the board to agree to measures supporting and assisting the asylum seekers in the county.

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