Steve Cortes: Border Wall Is Opposite of Anti-Immigrant
Steve Cortes argued that the construction of President Trump's wall at the Mexican border is the "opposite" of anti-immigrant.
"Getting control of our southern border which has been far too lawless and far too open for far too long makes sensible economic policy, national security policy, and it reinforces legal, lawful orderly immigration," the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council member told "Fox & Friends" Sunday.
Construction of the wall is scheduled to begin in January, 2018. Earlier this month the House Appropriations Committee approved $1.6 billion for 74 miles of the wall as part of a spending bill. The Department of Homeland Security also set aside $20 million for prototypes of the wall. The president has said he will make Mexico pay for the wall, and that the cost could be alleviated by installing solar panels on it.
"You don’t need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers," President Trump said earlier this month. "But you’ll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles."
Mexico itself has illegal immigration problems on its own southern border, where immigrants from southern countries cross hoping to make their way eventually to America. The sooner the U.S. protects its borders, the sooner Mexico will benefit from a slowing down of illegal crossings on its southern border, Cortes pointed out.
Border crossings to the U.S. in May under President Trump have dropped a drastic 64 percent compared to the same time last year.
The wall is a campaign promise kept, Cortes said, which makes it extremely important.
"Nothing moves quickly enough in Washington, D.C.," Cortes said, but, "It's going to happen."
"Good fences make for good neighbors."