In their efforts to fight the construction of a border wall, local congressmen held a roundtable discussion with other members of congress and community leaders in San Juan.
One of the biggest questions that was asked was how will the border wall affect local residents.
Congressman Filemon Vela, “With respect with President Trump’s promise, of a 2,000 mile border wall from Brownsville to San Diego, he made that promise during the campaign. He promised that Mexico would pay for it. And I can tell you now that those are promises that will never be met. There are much better ways to address border security than building a wall.”
The congressmen say the construction of a wall will cost around $15 billion. That’s a price members from the Democratic and Republican parties refuse to pay. Community leaders in the RGV say, people need to get more involved to help their representatives in Washington, D.C.
Maria Ibarra, “I don’t think we should be depending on the fact that our local congressmen are going to be doing something for us. It’s going to take a lot of pressure. It’s very important that they come do visits like this because our community can see that there really is people working in Washington D.C on our behalf.
Even the politicians say the best voice, is the people’s voice.
Congressman Joaquin Castro, “The best thing people can do is use their own voice. The answer is not going to be in the politicians. The answer is going to be through the strength of the people… of calling their representatives, writing letters, participating in events like this. Making their voice be heard, so that enough Republicans decide that the wall is not the best policy. And it can be done.”
Congressmen Vincente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela will be meeting with business leaders on February 22 to discuss ways to keep our economy stable, should a wall be built.