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Border Wall Texas

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent passes along a section of border wall in Hidalgo, Texas. The U.S. government has awarded a $167 million contract to build 8 miles of border wall in south Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the contract Wednesday. Construction will begin in February. 

Building a wall or a steel fence on our southern border is absolutely critical to our national security and long overdue.

Unlike what you may have heard, a barrier is not saying immigrants can't come to our country. Instead, it's saying to come here legally through the proper channels, and do not cross into our country illegally.

In conjunction with drones, increased border patrol officers, and other surveillance methods, a barrier will help cut down the flow of illegal drugs and weapons from entering our country.

Some Democrats have said walls and fences don't work and they are a waste of money, but they know that's not true. In fact, just a few years ago these same Democratic leaders were all in for constructing a wall. What's changed? Less drugs and weapons? Less human trafficking?

If you don't think walls work, do some research or ask Israeli citizens. Israel has a barrier along the West Bank. It's more than 250 miles long, and they'll confirm it works exactly as planned. Israel has demonstrated its security barrier is close to 100 percent effective in stopping illegal entry by migrants, terrorist infiltration and weapons trafficking.

To continue to do nothing is encouraging illegal immigration, and that's what is really inhumane.

Dave Kirby, Lincoln

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