BROWNSVILLE, Texas – President Donald Trump ‘ s promise to build, the United States and Mexico, the wall has touched off a fierce debate in the US border cities that would swear the most affected with local Democrats to fight Trump’s tooth and nail if he goes.
“Mexico is an ally, not an enemy,” Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, said FoxNews.com. “It is our second-largest trading partner, and build a wall between the two countries, which is so important in binding a pointless and wasteful exercise.”
Vela is a colorful Trump critics. He made headlines after the call to the president-elect, the illegal immigrants-policy “, hostile, degrading, and frankly, shameful.” In a public letter, he, too, Trump advised to “take your border wall and shove it up your ass.”
Vela is struts part of a growing number of Democratic legislators for a fight with Trump about his proposed 1,933-mile border wall with Mexico-one of several large immigration, conflicts on the horizon. Many democratic officials in “sanctuary cities” also with the preparation for the battle Trump about his threat to a reduction of the Federal funds.
On Wednesday, Trump stood by his promise that the United States would begin to pay for the construction of the wall immediately after he takes office and power Mexico for you, whether through tax or direct payment.
“It is not a fence-it is a wall,” he said at a press conference, citing the support that he heard during his campaign rallies for the plan. “I don’t want to wait.”
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, in an interview with The Guardian, insisted that Mexico “absolutely” not for the project to pay.
In the States, Texas democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar said FoxNews.com he thinks the wall is an antiquated idea.
“I think we need to secure our border. I just want to do it in a smart way – in a way that is efficient, is it effective, it is something that works, instead of just saying, a wall,” Cuellar said. “It is a 14th solution to a 21st century problem.”
Trump’s own pick for the secretary of Homeland Security, testified Tuesday in the Senate to hear his confirmation that a border wall is the only answer.
“A physical barrier in and of itself does not do the job,” retired Marine Corps gen John Kelly said. He called for a “layered defense” , which includes the deployment of drones to monitor the gaps in the existing wall, as well as an increase in Border Patrol agents.
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, has indicated that he will offer a bill later this month, supports a ban more fencing and resources, the illegal entry into the United States.
In Brownsville, Texas, a border with Matamoros, Mexico, democratic mayor Tony Martinez argues Washington is out of touch with the conditions on the ground. A trial lawyer by profession, he believes that the wall sends the wrong message.
“Why don’t you go to the source of the problem?” Martinez said. “We treat real immigration reform.”
The Republicans for years have argued that the border security should come before other aspects of immigration reform.
Martinez advocates for bi-national discussions between the United States and Mexico. The two Nations forged a partnership in issues of security and share often intelligence through a partnership in 2007 to curb the drug trade.
Martinez was invited to discuss Mexico city in February options between the neighboring countries. As for the wall, Martinez calls it “an illusion.”
Trump still has allies in Congress who support his goal, the construction of a complete physical barrier, parts of which already exist. GOP REP. Duncan Hunter, in a FoxNews.com column, called Trump to follow, on the campaign promise.
The local law enforcement authorities, have to wait now, to see how the debate shakes.
In Cameron County, Sheriff Omar Lucio, the wall dislikes the idea and accused the media for trumping up security fears. Lucio and his staff of about 100 are responsible for the backup of 60-70 miles to the southernmost tip of Texas.
Lucio, who was just elected to his fifth term in office, said the sheriff FoxNews.com he found it “insulting” that the majority of Washington legislators have never set foot in Texas. He noted that his County already has a barrier to limit spots and suggested, it has not helped.
“Perception becomes reality,” he said. “Come down here and see for yourself.”