Friday, August 11, 2017
Congressman Will Hurd represents the 23rd District in Texas. That's border country stretching some eight hundred miles from San Antonio to El Paso. In point of fact, as Mother Jones notes, Hurd "represents more of the Mexican border than any other member of Congress."
Hurd is a Republican. He also spent nearly a decade working for the Central Intelligence Agency, including spending years undercover in Pakistan.
And this Republican with national security heft is adamantly opposed to President Trump's plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it "the most expensive and least effective way to do border security." He believes that "a better use of American taxpayer dollars" would be to invest in improving intelligence, hiring more Border Patrol agents, and increasing the use of technology like radar, drones and lidar.
It's an opposition message that Hurd is currently taking directly to his constituents. He's spending August holding town halls at Dairy Queens in his district - talking often of the wall.