President Donald Trump’s proposal to build a new multi-billion-dollar wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a waste of money and could even make the United States less secure, said three visiting U.S. senators on Sunday.
The proposed wall “jeopardizes our relationship with Mexico, which is critically important,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Cardin and two Senate colleagues – Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass. – recently visited Mexico City where they met with senior Mexican government officials. They also toured the Customs and Border Protection facilities here in El Paso along the border with Mexico.
They spoke to the media on Sunday at the Santa Fe international bridge and pedestrian inspection area in Downtown El Paso.
“We saw over and over again how law enforcement works together and local governments work together,” Cardin said. “And the way the president has portrayed this wall has made it more challenging for that relationship to continue.”
Cardin said Trump’s proposed border wall would cost “in excess of $21 billion.”
A wall will not be effective and will be a waste of money, Cardin added.
“That is resources we could use for better technology and better equipment to protect our borders,” he said.
A wall will not protect America from the flow of illegal drugs or from people who want to do us harm, Cardin added.