Many Republican lawmakers are not ready to fund construction of President Donald Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, The Washington Post is reporting.
“People can climb over the wall or go under the wall or through the wall," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., "We’ve seen that in different places."
He said a system of technology, infrastructure and personnel is preferable to a physical wall.
“If it’s just unattended without sensors, without technology, without people, then it won’t work,” he said.
And Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said he already has told the president that funding the wall could put money for military and other programs at risk.
“Some things are reachable and some things aren’t,” Shelby said. “I’m committed to securing the borders, whatever it takes in this country; it’s something we haven’t done. But I’m also committed to funding the government.”
Republican leaders are urging Trump to delay a battle for wall funding until after the midterms in November.
The president tweeted on Thursday: "Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH."
But the Post noted the issue is not that clear-cut for many GOP lawmakers, particularly those in border states who have heard concerns of some landowners and businesses that the construction of the wall could be disruptive.
And Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said the wall hasn't been funded because "we have priorities here."
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