Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, admitted in an interview on Hill TV's "Rising" that the $5 billion President Donald Trump wants to fund a southern border wall isn't really that much money.
Yarmuth also admitted, in response to a series of challenges from host Buck Sexton, that border walls or fencing have proven to be effective already.
"At one point, Democrats were willing to give $25 billion for border security, just a year ago, in exchange for a deal on DACA," Yarmuth said.
Yarmouth said Democrats object to the wall because Trump's desire for a wall is "not a decision that's based on any realistic assessment of what is actually security."
Sexton quickly responded and cited conversations with leaders of Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement during which they told him "unequivocally" that a barrier would help border security.
"So why do we keep hearing members of the Democratic Congress come forward saying that it wouldn't work and it's stupid, when not only do we have the people who are actually in charge of border security saying it would work and it's not stupid, we can see that it already does work in places where there is a wall?" Sexton asked Yarmuth.
"That's exactly right," Yarmuth responded, after a pause.
After that, he seemed to lose his train of thought a bit as he recovered.
"But we don't know where he's going to put the wall," Yarmuth continued. "He already has $1.3 trillion—er, $1.3 billion that he's only spent 6 percent of that was given to him for border security and he hasn't used that. So the question is, do you just say 'okay, $5 billion, take it'... maybe that's the right idea. Maybe just give him the $5 billion because he won't use it anyway."
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