Our current government shutdown over Democrats refusal to approve funding for Donald Trump's proposed border wall highlights just how partisan politics has truly become.
Amusingly, the fact-less fact-checkers over at PolitFact are pretending otherwise. In response to Trump's January 8th prime time address on the border wall where he claimed that "Sen. Chuck Schumer, who you will be hearing from later tonight, has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past along with many other Democrats," Politifact's Manuela Tobias calls the claim a "mischaracterization" that was rated as "mostly false." Why? Because Democrats voted for 700 miles of fencing with the 2006 Secure Fence Act, while Trump wants concrete.
That's seriously Politifact's basis for claiming that Democrats haven't done a 180 on the issue of border security. Perhaps some quotes where the same Democrats opposing Trump today echoed his rhetoric will help explain just why they supported such a fence:
"The American people are a welcoming and generous people. But those who enter our country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law. And because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. Americans are right to demand better border security and better enforcement of the immigration laws." – Senator Barack Obama, April 2006.
Mexico is such an important problem. The Mexican government's policies are pushing migration north. There isn't any sensible approach except to do what we need to do simultaneously; secure our border — with technology, personnel, physical barriers if necessary in some places. We need to have tough employer sanctions, incentivize Mexico to do more." – Senator Hillary Clinton, 2006.
"[t]he American people need to know that, because of our efforts in Congress, our border is far more secure today than it was when we began debating comprehensive immigration reform in 2005. This progress includes … construction of 630 miles of border fence that create a significant barrier to illegal immigration on our southern land border." – Chuck Schumer, 2009. Schumer's website also boasted a 27% decline in illegal border crossings in 2009, "suggesting major progress in sealing off the border."