The Washington Post has revealed that to fund the border wall and private prisons, the Trump administration is weighing cuts to the Coast Guard, airport security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is nothing short of stunning. Not only will the wall be an absolute waste of funds and an environmental disaster, it will also be a real infringement on property rights. More importantly, it will not work. Ask any Israeli how well their walls work (or don t), and those are placed where they can really be tended and watched. As envisaged, President Donald Trump s beautiful wall is a horrendously expensive boondoggle. To be clear, the only help we ll likely be getting from Mexico is their concrete which we will be paying for. The numbers are there for anyone who wants to look at them. Net Mexican migration is south. The majority of current undocumented immigrants are those who overstay their visas. This is not the spending we need. Our infrastructure is collapsing bridges are rated C-minus or D, our airports are considered third world, our railways rivals India s.
There are other, less expensive ways to monitor the border electronics, aerostats and such. It is appalling that the growth of exploitative private prisons are included in this package. If you follow the money, private, corporate prisons have been the heaviest lobbyists in favor of draconian border laws. It is astounding that the party of Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall is backing this. And if it s such a great idea, why beggar the Coast Guard, which protects our mariners, and FEMA, which is there for real emergencies such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes.
Raise the taxes and pay for it put the proposal on the floor of Congress and defend the proposal.
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The exterior of Congressman Steve Pearce’s office in Las Cruces was vandalized with eggs sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning. Authorities are seeking information about the incident.(Photo: Courtesy)
LAS CRUCES – The staff of Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce arrived at his Las Cruces office on Tuesday morning to find that the front door had been egged. Pearce, in a statement to the Sun-News, said the “act of vandalism is beyond civil discourse.”
“All of my congressional offices belong to the people of NM-02, and are essential to the everyday operations of assisting people with their Social Security, veteran benefits, and much more,” he said. “I thank my Las Cruces staff for cleaning up the mess so that we can resume work as usual for constituents. We are open for business, so come on by.”
Staff reported the vandalism to the Las Cruces Police Department. Pearce’s office also reported the incident to U.S. Capitol Police. LCPD spokesman Dan Trujillo said the agency was called to Pearce’s office, 570 N. Telshor Blvd., about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The vandalism appeared to be limited to the egging of the office’s front door.
“Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at (575) 526-0795,” Trujillo said.
The Do a Ana County Republican Party denounced the vandalism of Pearce’s office on social media Tuesday.
“Since before the last Presidential Campaign our candidates and elected officials have had their campaign signs defaced, removed, replaced by opponents’ signs. Some of these signs were privately purchased by party members for the candidates and those that have been caught or arrested have not been punished,” the party posted on Facebook.
Political tensions in the southern New Mexico district have heated up over the past year, leading up to and continuing beyond the November 2016 general election. Campaign sign vandalism was a theme during election season, with supporters of both major political parties reporting incidents. Two of the most high-profile incidents involved vandalism of Trump-Pence billboards in Las Cruces. At least one suspect was caught and claimed responsibility for vandalizing one of the signs. But an LCPD officer said soon after the incident no charges were filed because the billboard’s owner couldn’t be reached, so the agency didn’t have a victim. Pearce’s office has been the site of political protests in recent weeks by supporters of the progressive Indivisible movement. A rally Feb. 24 drew about 200 protesters from across southern New Mexico who were seeking an in-person town hall to be hosted by Pearce. A portion of the protesters attempted to enter the office but were denied by staff and a security guard on the basis of the office’s small capacity; organizers of the protest said they never planned to attempt to enter Pearce’s office that day and didn’t agree with the people who had attempted to do so. Tony Martinez, an organizer with the local WE’RE IN: Southern New Mexico, an Indivisible chapter, said Tuesday afternoon his group hadn’t heard about the vandalism of Pearce’s office. But, having been told about it during a Sun-News interview, he condemned the act of vandalism.
“Our Indivisible Guide promotes us to have dialogue with our members of Congress, to exchange ideas when we disagree with him,” he said. “At no point in time have we ever had any type of incidents like you’re referring to, nor do we promote that. We want an intelligent exchange of ideas.”
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