Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:43 pm
Vela speaks of wall, economy to TSC students
Congressman Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, concedes that the border wall may work in some areas but would still not be worth building.
If it were up to him, he told students of TexasSouthmostCollege on Thursday afternoon, he would tear down the existing fence.
“I think history will look back 50 years from now the way they looked at the Berlin Wall and the Great Wall of China. It will be historically obsolete,” Vela said.
Vela was asked to speak earlier this week about the current immigration situation by the Social Welfare class taught by instructor Sherry McCullough.
The first question the class had for him was whether the border wall would have economic repercussions. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce indicate that Texas accounted for more than $84 billion in imports from Mexico and about $92.4 billion in exports in 2015.
“I have long been opposed to the wall when you have the connection and relationship we have with Mexico, and the total trade dollars between Mexico and Texas,” Vela said.
He also expressed concern over President Donald J. Trump’s Jan. 30 executive order, which relates to enhancing public safety in the interior of the United States.
A more complete version of this story is available on www.myBrownsvilleHerald.com
Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:43 pm.