We asked all 38 Texas in Congress if they'd endorse a "complete" border wall.
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 25, 2017
If there's one thing the Texas GOP hates more than facts & reason, it's eminent domain. https://t.co/qipazrpcdZ
— Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) January 26, 2017
Well, that didn’t take long. From the Washington Post, last night:
The Republican congressman whose district includes more miles of U.S.-Mexico border than any other came out against President Trump’s new executive action ordering the “immediate construction” of a border wall to block undocumented immigrants from entering the United States.
“Building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border,” Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.) said in a statement late Wednesday.
“Each section of the border faces unique geographical, cultural, and technological challenges that would be best addressed with a flexible, sector-by-sector approach that empowers the agents on the ground with the resources they need.”
Hurd, one of 38 Texans in Congress, represents territory stretching from San Antonio to El Paso, including 800 miles of border. His 23rd District is majority-Hispanic and politically competitive: Hurd won a second term over Democrat Pete Gallego by fewer than 4,000 votes in November…
As per the top tweets, it’s become the latest Lone Star Stand — them cowboys never could stand fancy-talkin’ fellers from Noo Yark Cittay. This way the local GOPers get the benefit of ‘resisting’ an initiative that’s not gonna happen any time soon anyways.
What other entertaining craziness is on the agenda for the evening?
To put cost of $14 b border wall into perspective, Obama final request for entire EPA was $8.2 b. and Congress said it was unaffordable.
— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) January 26, 2017
When I hear cost estimates the border wall, I remember Rumsfeld predicting that Iraq would cost $50 billion. Only $1.95 trillion off!
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) January 26, 2017