Some on the left are beginning to ease up to President Trump’s idea of stronger border security.
A House Democrat from Texas, who opposed Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border plans, has no problem with “strategic fencing” — a more politically correct term.
“I think the best way is if we have some sort of strategic fencing,” Rep. Henry Cuellar told CNN Monday. “If we look at electronics, you know, the surveillance, other things that we’ve been using in the past.”
However, Cuellar are still not buying “a wall.” His new positioning appears to be a medium between the Trump agenda and the status quo, relying on state-of-the-art technology and some “fencing.”
The Texas Democrat said this in January: “I believe there are more effective and efficient ways to secure our borders, such as technologies currently deployed by the Department of Homeland Security including unmanned aerial systems, aerostats, video surveillance systems, and ground sensors; along with adding improvements to river access roads and increasing the number of Border Patrol agents on the ground.”
On Monday, Cuellar said the U.S. should befriend the Mexico government in order to prevent illegal immigration.
“We keep spending billions of dollars on the one-yard line called the U.S. border,” he said. “We need to extend it to their 20-yard line and work with those friends across the border.”
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