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A wall is not the way

Wall – a continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land.

We all want to secure our borders – the issue is how we are going to do it.

Probably for one of the few times, I agree with US Congressman Will Hurd (R) on how the border could be secured. Hurd’s district is directly impacted by all the border security ideas; his firsthand knowledge should be seriously considered.

Border security should be implemented in the most cost effective and security effective manner possible. The following are quotes from Congressman Hurd

“Building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,» Hurd told «CBS This Morning» Friday. «We should be using technology. DHS, Department of Homeland Security, has new programs they›re trying to implement but guess what? You can›t implement them because the government is shut down. Let›s talk about the Secure Fence Act that everybody passed, let›s double down on technology along the border.»

Hurd is the only GOP member representing a district along the southern border, and this happens to include more of the border than any other district. He is also one of just a few House Republicans who have voted with Democrats to reopen government agencies.

“I think the way we end this is stop with the preconditions, have everybody come together, let’s stop worrying about a Democratic solution or a Republican solution and come up with an American solution,” he said.

But President Trump has remained steadfast that he will not go along without $5.7 billion in funding for his wall, which he says will address the “crisis” at our border and stem the flow of illegal immigrants. Rep. Hurd argued that if border security is what’s at stake, then it’s imperative that we reopen the government agencies responsible for protecting it.

Looking at the entire terrain which differs mile by mile will require different measures to be implemented.

A 50 foot concrete wall whereby a 55-foot ladder or a tunnel under the wall is like a “one shoe fits all” solution which is ludicrous.

It was also ludicrous for the president to insist that Mexico would pay for the wall. This has backed him into a corner and he is the only one who can get himself out of this mess.

Let’s have calmer heads prevail and mile by mile determine what works best for border security.

– Richard Caldwell, Boerne