Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas said GOP presidential contender Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will not work the way the real estate mogul thinks.
“You can’t build a wall from sea to shining sea. It just doesn’t work. It’s the most expensive way to do border security, and it’s the least effective,” Hurd said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Sept. 8.
Hurd’s Texas district, which runs solely on the border, is considered a swing district in the red Lone Star state. Hurd defeated his Democratic opponent, Pete Gallego, by just two percentage points in the 2014 midterm elections.
One of Trump’s main talking points throughout his presidential campaign is that, as president, he would build a wall to stop the influx of illegal immigrants from entering the United States. However, Hurd believes there are better methods to solving the problem.
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“You can’t have a one-size-fits-all solution,” he said. “We need to allow the men and women in border patrol to adjust their tactics, techniques and procedures as they see fit.”
Hurd also cited drug traffickers using ramps to climb over the border fence as reasoning that Trump’s wall will not stop criminals from crossing the border. Although, Hurd did save some praise for Trump’s wall plan for more populated areas of the border.
“In heavily populated areas, a wall absolutely makes sense,” the freshman congressman said.
Trump has also vowed to make Mexico pay for a border wall, but has never indicated any specifics on how that deal would come about.
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Rep. Hurd, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, deals with ways to combat any international threat to America, including border patrol and monitoring terrorist groups.