Why a GOP congressman who represents more of the border than anyone in Congress opposes Trump’s wall


Will Hurd

Republican Rep. Will Hurd, who represents more of the southern border than anyone in the House of Representatives, has emerged as one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Hurd represents Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, which stretches roughly 820 miles from El Paso to San Antonio.
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.
On Wednesday, the Texas 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.”

Republican Rep. Will Hurd, who represents more of the southern border than any of his colleagues in the House of Representatives, has emerged as one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Hurd represents Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, which stretches roughly 820 miles from El Paso to San Antonio.

He has repeatedly stated that he is not in favor of Trump’s wall and narrowly won reelection in the 2018 midterm elections in part by campaigning against the president’s plan.

“I think building a concrete structure sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” the Texas congressman told CNN, on Wednesday.

“I think building a concrete structure sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” GOP Rep. Will Hurd, who represents a border district says pic.twitter.com/f9MSpsWwYM

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 9, 2019

Sections of the border spanning across California, Arizona, and New Mexico are largely already covered with physical barriers. If Trump’s proposed wall (or barrier) is constructed on the southern border, much of it will occur in Hurd’s district.

Building along the Texas border would be complicated. Not only does the border not run in a straight line, but the territory it falls on is hardly ideal for building due to the terrain. Additionally, land owned by Hurd’s constituents would likely be needed for the project to be feasible, which is part of the reason he opposes the wall. The location also includes Big Bend National Park.

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“Property rights are important to all Americans — especially Texans — and most of the property along our border has been privately held for generation,” Hurd told The Atlantic in April 2017. “Many Texans I speak to think there are better ways to achieve border security without taking their lands, so you can expect a lengthy and expensive fight from these folks.”

Hurd, a former undercover CIA agent who’s also the only black Republican currently in the House of Representatives, has been pushing for what he’s referred to as a “smart border wall.” What he’s calling for is …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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