To the Editor:
In a recent paper, Byron York of the Washington Examiner wrote that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats favor a “technological wall” over a physical barrier. But who else favors this idea?
Republican Congressman Will Hurd. Hurd’s district represents and covers more of the Texas-Mexico border than anyone in Congress. Hurd, a former undercover CIA agent, has been pushing for what he has referred to as a “smart border wall,” or a technology-based approach. The congressman told CNN, “I think building a concrete structure sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security.”
The reality is when it comes to people in the country without proper documentation, the majority of them didn’t cross the Mexican border at all. Most of them came to the U.S. legally – but then don’t leave. About 700,000 travelers to the U.S. overstayed their visas in fiscal 2017, the most recent year for which the Department of Homeland Security has figures. DHS estimated that, as of Sept. 30, 2017, the end of that fiscal year, more than 600,000 of those travelers were still in the U.S. During that same year, there were only 300,000 apprehensions along the Southern border, according to Customs and Border Protection the lowest number since 1971. It’s time to stop with the fear mongering and address the issue of border security and legal immigration rationally.