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Arkansas congressman calls visit to U.S.-Mexico border 'eye-opening experience'

Westerman: Rules barrier

By Frank E. Lockwood

This article was published February 13, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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The Sentinel-Record/Richard Rasmussen COFFEE TALK: U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-District 4, of Hot Springs, speaks at a Coffee With Your Congressman event Monday at The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman spent time along the southern border with Mexico this month, watching Border Patrol agents pursue drug and human traffickers in Arizona.

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RBear says... February 13, 2018 at 7:01 a.m.

While I disagree with some of Westerman's comments, he did wake up to the fact that building a wall coast to coast is as dumb as the dirt it would be built on. I'm surprised Westerman didn't visit the region with Rep. Will Hurd or Rep. Henry Bonilla who actually represent that region and know it first hand. Hurd could have provided more details and given Westerman the facts he needs when looking at border security.
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Trump's wall is a folly and needs to be ditched. Even with the wall, there will still be border crossings. But the bottom line is those have dropped drastically. Now, we need to be focused on helping DACA recipients achieve citizenship without the fear of deportation. Every DACA recipient wants citizenship, but the current laws require them to be deported before they can achieve it. A path to citizenship without deportation is all that is being asked.

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GeneralMac says... February 13, 2018 at 11:34 a.m.

While he was with just ONE group off border patrol agents, 9 out of 14 avoided capture.
That is 2/3 of the ones observed made it thru.

Unacceptable !

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HM2 says... February 13, 2018 at 12:36 p.m.

In the olden days, when the law couldn't or wouldn't do their job a group of citizens formed a vigilance committee who made sure the job got done with out the encumbrances of worthless government regulations aka the environmental protection agency, or laws the protect the drug runners and smugglers and not the border patrol and other law enforcement officers. Maybe it's time the vigilantes' lent a hand.

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TravisBickle says... February 13, 2018 at 3:07 p.m.

Why was it such an eye opening experience? Where does he think all the drugs entering the U.S. come from?

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TimberTopper says... February 13, 2018 at 3:21 p.m.

The drugs will get thru as long as there is a market. The people will come over as long as our government doesn't crack down on the big corporations that hire them. Tyson Chicken was caught years ago and had their hand spanked with a small fine, so the practice continued.

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3WorldState1 says... February 13, 2018 at 3:54 p.m.

This gov is so stupid. Drones Drones and more drones. Link them to gps, solar panels and have them hover non stop, relating data back to the agents. If it makes the GOP happy, you can count on this costing billions of dollars. I know how they like to spend money. Except for the poor, women and children. You know, like Jesus did. Go Jesus!
"it really opened my eyes that it was hard to travel across a mtn ridge" And what might really open his eyes is that 60% of illegals come on planes and trains, all legal like.

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mrcharles says... February 13, 2018 at 4:11 p.m.

HORSE MANUR 2, YOU CHICKEN HAWK, DOUBLE DARE YOU TO CRAWL OUT OF YOUR HOLE.

So sad worrying about the environment by a repugnant. Makes you want to tear up. they have no shame

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