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Some questions for Drew Ferguson


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Aug. 02, 2018 - 1:29 AM

“WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Drew Ferguson today introduced the American Border Act, H.R. 6415. This legislation would authorize full funding for construction of a wall along our southern border.”

*****Mr. Ferguson, from where does the funding come?

“It is simply impossible to correct the many flaws in our immigration system if we fail to secure our border first. That’s why building a wall along our southern border is paramount. This bill ensures the wall receives full funding and clears the way for its construction. I will continue to stand with the President to secure the border and stop illegal immigration.”

*****Mr. Ferguson, why is it “impossible” to address immigration ‘flaws’ in Congress?

Quoting you, Mr. Ferguson:

“The American Border Act would:

•Authorize construction of a border wall system.

•Advance technology to enhance border security.

•Secure Ports of Entry

•Put more Customs and Border Patrol boots on the ground.

•Authorize use of the National Guard along the southern border to help construct physical barriers and provide aviation and intelligence support.

•Prohibit federal agencies from impeding Border Patrol access and activities to prevent unlawful entries.

•Strengthen penalties for those aiding and assisting illegal immigration.

•Provide advanced appropriations for the wall construction, deployment of technology and the completion of the entry/exit systems.”

*****Mr. Ferguson:

1) Undocumented immigrants are already here. According to POLITICO, DHS data estimates that of the 45 million immigrants who entered the U.S. via “air or sea” on tourist /business visas that expired in 2015, roughly 416,500 were still living in the country in 2016. Trump’s description of an America overrun by illegals and criminal refugees is bogus and created to stir up political hatred.

2) Cartels get around the checkpoints along the 650 miles of wall that exist currently. Weapons  are smuggled in parts making concealment easier and have no traceable ID numbers.

3) My research showed no evidence that any terrorist has entered through our land boundary with Mexico. Most terrorists are homegrown, either being US citizens or permanent residents.

4) The main reason people risk coming here is for work. How can Congress address/improve a system currently in place regarding this?

“During President George W. Bush's second term, Congress authorized $1.2 billion to build several hundred miles of double-layer fencing, but the government faced myriad obstacles. Private landowners objected to buyout offers. There were environmental concerns and lawsuits.” – Business Insider

*****Mr. Ferguson, The fiscal and environmental obstacles seem insurmountable. Has there been any discussion in Congress whereby the problems of border security could be addressed short of:

•directly affecting the 12 million people who live within 100 miles of the border?

•a cost of $21.6 BILLION (Feb. 2018 DHS estimate)

•legal fees required to seize land

•damage to Native American communities

•adverse environmental impact?

My concerns are sincere and heartfelt.

“Treasury Department numbers released Monday showed the government spent $370.9 billion last month, but collected just $155.6 billion in revenue, leaving a $215.2 billion deficit. It’s the biggest shortfall since February 2012, when the government was still doling out stimulus cash while trying to dig out of the Wall Street collapse-fueled Great Recession.” – The Washington Times

Where are the fiscally conservative Republicans?

Where are the leaders? Where are the problem solvers?

Beverly Jennings

Newnan