Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said constructing a wall on the southern border is the ‘least effective” way to provide security.
His comments came during a Friday interview on “CBS This Morning.”
“Building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” he said. “We should be using technology. DHS, Department of Homeland Security, has new programs they're trying to implement but guess what? You can't implement them because the government is shut down. … Let's talk about the Secure Fence Act that everybody passed. Let’s double down on technology along the border.
CBS News noted Hurd is one of just a few House Republicans who have voted with Democrats to reopen government agencies.
"I think the way we end this is stop with the preconditions, have everybody come together… Let's stop worrying about a Democratic solution or a Republican solution and come up with an American solution," he said.
"We should be able to secure our border but the people that are involved in securing our border right now are not getting paid and so the people that are keeping us safe, not getting paid, they should be able to get paid for their work.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Hurd, whose district includes 820 miles of the U.S-Mexico border, called the wall a “third century solution to a 21st Century problem.”
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