It was just last month President Trump declared a national emergency to fund a wall on our southern border.
“We are talking about an invasion of our country. With drugs, with human traffickers,” said the President.
The announcement caused a stir in Congress, with the House recently voting to rebuke the national emergency. Thirteen Republicans voted in opposition to the President. This included Congressman Will Hurd, who believes there are other options besides a visible barrier to stop illegal immigration.
“That’s why we have to have the technology available to detect the threat, assess that threat, track that threat,” said the congressman.
He also says this declaration of a national emergency is problematic, and that he doesn’t want future Presidents to take it to the extreme.
“My fear is that you are going to have a future president, who tells you that you can’t drive a truck because of the CO2 footprint,” said the congressman.
However, many of his constituents do not agree.
“He has basically turned his back on the people who elected him,” said Tammie Smith.
Smith is the Republican chair for Upton County. She disagrees with the congressman, and believes a physical wall is needed at the border.
“This is happening in our backyards, this is a national emergency. We are faced with large amount of the caravans,” she said.
Smith says this is a concern that she brought up to the congressman just a few weeks ago. However, Hurd believes constant communication is the only way to get his message across.
“It’s real simple, do the right thing. And explain to people what you are doing and why you are doing it. That’s what I do, that’s why I have crisscrossed the district as much as I have,” he said.