Will Hurd: ‘Ultimately Building a Wall from Sea to Shining Sea Is the Most Expensive and the Least Effective Way’ To Secure the Border

‘It’s going to require folks to get out of their in trench positions and remember there are second and third and fourth world effects’

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HURD: "Well, I think he made it clear this was a campaign promise he made and he feels like he’s following through on a campaign promise. Ultimately, building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security. There are some areas of the border where a barrier makes sense. But the only way we’re going to solve this problem — and look, we don't have operational control of our border. It's 2019, we don’t know everything that's coming back and forth across the border. The only way we do that is by looking at all 2,000 miles of border at the same time. The only way you do that is with technology and manpower. And ultimately, I think, there was the Secure Fence Act, a lot of people talk about that. We’re still operating with that and within law. We can work within the confines of the Secure Fence Act. We can take some of the smart wall ideas out of the USA Act, we can streamline immigration around DACA and TPS, and then double down on our ports of entry where most of the drugs in this country are coming from. We can do all that and reopen the Government and get on with our work."

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