In yesterday’s El Paso Times, Fernando Garcia offered a border town resident’s perspective on the proposed border wall.
Whether the construction of the border wall will be finished at the end of this administration is still unknown, but one fact that has a large degree of certainty is the profound damage already made by Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol officials to the public debate on issues concerning the rights and opinions of border residents.
In a desperate attempt to expedite the construction of the wall, current administration officials have not only been willing to bypass more than a dozen laws and provisions, but now they have tried consistently to convince public opinion, and themselves, of the community support behind the construction of the border wall.
Moreover, they have created a quite artificial consultation process to manage the congressional mandate of including border communities in the discussion of this issue.
Sadly, they have done all of that at the expense of misrepresenting the opinions and sentiments of people living on the border, specifically those in El Paso and Southern New Mexico.