Letter to the Editor: Let Border Patrol decide strategy
Let me get this straight. In 2006, a Democratic Congress voted billions to erect a border fence to affirm their “toughness” on border security. The fence proved useless (maybe some Dems were happy about that?) as it was easily penetrated, to the point where a woman eight months pregnant was able to scale it. Now, these same folks refuse to support a wall — which unlike the idiotic fence might actually work — on the grounds that it would be demonic, racist ... ah, you fill in the blank. They complain about the $5 billion price tag just a few short years after approving the $800 billion dollar Obama stimulus package which promised hundreds of “shovel ready” projects which President Obama was forced to admit weren’t shovel ready. Can Democrats be truthful just once, admit that it’s not the wall they’re against, but rather the guy who wants it built?
Here’s a suggested compromise solution. Take President Trump’s wall request of $5 billion and subtract the Dem’s offering of $1.6 billion. The difference between the two figures is $3.4 billion. Split the difference in half and add it to the Dems’ figure, leaving a total of $3.3 billion. Then let the primary agency in charge of protecting our border, the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol, decide how the $3.3 billion should be spent. They are the folks putting their lives on the line daily, enforcing our laws and trying to keep our borders safe. If they feel the best use of dollars would be a wall, build it. They’re the ones who should know best. If they feel the money would be better spent in a different security capacity, direct it there.