Congressional Democrats and those mealy-mouthed Republicans like Mitt Romney and others have been given a deadline to produce a border security bill that includes funding for a wall—or get out of the way and let President Trump handle things.

Trump decided on Friday to end the suffering of furloughed workers by re-opening government for three weeks. That's more than enough time for a bi-partisan committee to come up with a plan that is acceptable to both sides, since both sides have voiced support for a border wall in the past. But I don't think they have what it takes to get it done.

The big question now is what Trump will do on February 15 when faced with an even larger government shutdown or a decision to declare an emergency and build the wall without Congressional approval.

Another government shutdown would accomplish no more than the most recent one did and would not be in anyone's best interest. That leaves Trump with one option.

The idea of a border wall has been supported by politicians on both sides of the aisle who have made impassioned pleas for border security. What is playing out before us now is nothing more than political theater with a whole lot of lives hanging in the balance.

There have been too many delays and too many chances for the Democrats to get on board with Trump in crafting an immigration reform package that includes funding for building a wall. Should they choose to continue to resist, Trump must follow through on his pledge and build the wall.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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