By Jon Dougherty, editor-in-chief
The wife of a Texas-based Border Patrol agent wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) inviting her to come down to the U.S.-Mexico border to have a look for herself why walls are needed and why they work.
â€œWe would like to show you around! You donâ€™t need to bring any security detail. Our husbands/significant others are actually very good at their jobs, thank goodness!â€ Jill Demanski wrote, Breitbart News reported.
In an interview with Fox News, Demanski said she penned the letter because she believes that Pelosi needs to see for herself the dangers associated with the border and why it must be secured.
And she also blasted Pelosi for her hypocrisy regareding federal employees who were furloughed for weeks during the recent government shutdown because she and fellow Democrats refused to discuss compromise funding legislation that included some money for the president’s border wall.
â€œWe would also appreciate if youâ€™d stop pretending that you care about federal workers,â€ she continued. â€œIf you did, you would care for their safety, not just their paychecks. We can hold out a while longer if it means our husbands and communities are safer.â€
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She also said federal lawmakers should meet personally with Border Patrol and immigration enforcement personnel to get a first-hand glimpse into the dangers they face along the border every day, including when they were putting their lives on the line over the past five weeks while remaining on the job without pay.
Renea Perez, another wife of a Border Patrol agent, joinedÂ Demanski on “Fox & Friends” Monday, reiterating that lawmakers should all come to the border for a visit.
â€œIt is definitely needed. We just want them to come down there on the line and actually see where the whole argument is about,” she said.
Regarding Demanski’s letter, Perez said,Â â€œIt was kind of written in a time of high emotion. Itâ€™s been tough, and at times we have felt like nobody cared about us families, about our agents,. Bills donâ€™t stop, so we were feeling like we were forgotten.â€
Demanski also noted that the need for a border wall and/or additional border barriers predates POTUS Trump.
â€œWe finally have a president that has come here and seen firsthand the need for it, and has had our back,â€ she said. â€œYou can support a wall without being a supporter of Trump.â€
[Editor’s Note: Since I wrote my 2003 book, “Illegals: The Imminent Threat Posed by our Unsecured U.S.-Mexico Border,” not much has changed regarding the problem of illegal immigration. One thing that has changed, however, is that the risks to Border Patrol agents — many of whom I met — has definitely gotten worse. –Â Jon Dougherty]
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