Publication: Laredo Tribune. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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One of the biggest hot button topics of the Donald Trump presidency has been the border wall between Mexico and the United States. While current mayor Pete Saenz had been receptive to Trump when he was simply a candidate, he has cooled off on the president since his election. While Trump’s administration has started the border project in Laredo, Saenz doesn’t feel like the city needs a physical wall on the border.
“He asked,” Saenz said. “And, of course, we told him - he was insisting on this physical wall, and we told him that given the terrain and how the lay of the land there - you know, we have a network of creeks and waterways that actually empty into the river. And it’s a rolling topography. It doesn’t necessarily lend itself engineering-wise, I think, it doesn’t lend itself for a physical wall.”
“He did concede that maybe through natural barriers, that those could serve as a barrier, as well,” Saenz added of Trump. “So but then again, he’s been changing his mind on the size and type of fence, or barrier, or wall or whatever.”
“So anyway, our position there in Laredo is we don’t need a physical wall,” Saenz continued. “We have a natural barrier. And we expressed that to him. We consistently kept that position. I’m also the chairman of the Texas Border Coalition, which is really mayors and judges from Brownsville to El Paso, and consistently, we’ve kept that policy. You know, we could do without a physical wall. We’re very much for border security. Believe us. We need border security.”