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If the president says we need a wall, Democrats should give him one

President Trump announced a deal to reopen the government for three weeks, but noted that he would shutdown the government again if Congress fails to act.

Never before, in all of my 88 years, have I seen such discord in the government (“The shutdown is over, but federal employees can't rest easy,” Jan. 28).

It seems that some congressmen/women have lost all regard and respect for the office of the president of the United States. It should not be “us against them.” If the president says that we need a wall to keep the gangs coming from South America and Mexico entering the country and infiltrating our cities and becoming entrenched into the population, causing havoc from smuggling drugs, to killings, to rape and robbery, then we certainly need a border of some kind. It is not up to Congress to dispute this requirement. It is up to Congress to work with the president to assist him in securing the borders and our homeland.

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People are blaming President Donald Trump for the government shutdown. No, I am sorry there are two Democrats in Congress who unfortunately have been given positions of authority and think that they are more important than the president. Blame them for the shutdown. Cities like Baltimore and Chicago average at least a killing a day. These two Congresspeople aren’t the least bit concerned with the violence going on in our cities. They are too busy going one up on the president. They have bodyguards and live in gated communities void of all the violence. If it were me, I would not be showing my face and saying “we won.” This should not have been a fight with a winner and a loser. It should have been all hands on deck to resolve a very serious issue confronting our nation. We have more than 300 million people living in the United States We cannot house everyone who wants to come here.

The states of California and New York need to send people to Congress who have the disposition to be able to work across the aisle and not think that they are sitting on top of the hill. The Democrats were not unified. We have sent so many new members Congress that they did not know which way to turn.

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D. Culligan, Glen Burnie

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