From a border wall to an increase in technology, the fight continues between national leaders over border security. U.S. Representative Filemon Vela speaks about what he thinks is needed in the Rio Grande Valley. According to the congressman, you can’t talk border security without border communities.
Border security is complex topic with a long list suggestions and solutions. They range from a border wall to more technology. “This president has as myopic view of border communities and we are going to continue to engage in those battles.” Says the congressman.
Congressman Vela along with Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, and Congressman Henry Cuellar worked to get protections for Valley landmarks such as La Lomita Chapel, Santa Ana National Wildlife Center, and SpaceX, among others. To protect them from any future structure built along the U.S.- Mexico Border.
“My stance on the border wall is very clear. I’ve voted against every single funding effort that is allocated monies to border wall funding. I will continue to do that.”
When asked about his solution to border security, Congressman Vela suggests funding for technology and more personnel.
“There are people all around the Rio Grande Valley doing lots of good things and we want to continue to focus on those things.”