Valley Representative believes there are better ways to secure the border than a wall
The fight continues over the border wall funding in Washington.
Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela have asked House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi, to oppose any type of border wall funding.
Congress has approved an extension providing more time to negotiate over whether Democrats will fund the border wall. As a result of the extension granted, the scare of a government shut down over border wall funding is now pushed back for another two weeks.
"I do think we need to have a budget for the American people however I don’t believe we should be spending tax payer dollars on a brick and border wall," says U.S Representative for Texas’ 15th Congressional District, Vicente Gonzalez.
"We opposed the wall in the last budget, and we will do it again this time," continues Gonzalez.
Gonzalez says, there are better ways to secure our border than a brick wall. “Hire more border patrol agents, have aero stats, sensors, cameras things that would bring real border security to our region."
Gonzalez says he will oppose any type of border wall funding, and says President Trump said from the beginning he was going to have Mexico pay for that wall, not tax payers.
“I want to see a wire transfer from the federal government of Mexico to the United States Treasury for that wall,” said Gonzalez.
As the new incoming Mexican president took office this past week, Gonzalez spoke with his cabinet on topics affecting border residents.
"We need to find ways to secure our border, and secure pathways. For example, from here to Monterrey we need to make it safer for citizens of Monterrey to be able to travel and shop and live in our region for many many years and for us to be able to go across."
Lawmakers need to approve funding by Dec. 21, or there could be a government shut down over Christmas.