Will Hurd: Building a Concrete Structure from Sea to Shining Sea Is the Most Expensive and Least Effective Way To Do Border Security

‘The only way to solve this problem is making sure we are looking at all 2,000 miles of our southern border at the exact same time’

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HURD: "I think building a concrete structure, sea to shining sea, is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security. There are some places where a wall is indeed a physical barrier ,but in many parts of the border, Border Patrol's response time is measured in hours to days. If your response time is measured in hours or days, then a wall is actually not a physical barrier. It is not going to impede people. It is 2019. We don’t have operational control of our border. We have apprehended last year 400,000 people trying to come into the country illegally. But the only way you solve this problem is by using technology and making sure that we are looking at all 2,000 miles of our southern border at the exact same time. And we also need to be doing this at our northern border as well. We also got to be addressing root causes that are driving migration to the United States, and that's violence and lack of economic opportunities within Central America, specifically the Northern Triangle region of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. And State Department, USAID are working on programs there, they are one of the entities that are involved in this shutdown right now. We need to make sure they have the tools to continue doing their work there.”

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