Texas Tribune Guest Column by Beto O'Rourke U.S. representative from El Paso makes the case that the provisions in the current Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill that militarize the Mexican border are not good for the U.S., Texas or our border communities.
I am pleased that we are closer to comprehensive immigration reform, but I am concerned that key border security provisions in the Senate bill will harm the border and, by extension, Texas and the rest of the nation.
Throwing another $46 billion in taxpayer dollars toward so-called border security, including more walls and untested technology and doubling the size of the Border Patrol, will have profound consequences for the city I represent, El Paso, and the entire state. If you want a jobs bill for the defense contractors that will build the wall and deploy various technologies, the Senate bill is for you. If you want a truly secure border, the Senate bill needs a lot of work.